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Social license: what is it and how does it work?

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CNH Social is a program developed by the Federal Government with the aim of providing free access to the National Driving License (CNH) for low-income people. 

The project allows candidates aged 18 to 27 to obtain a driver's license, requiring proof of individual income of up to three minimum wages and that they know how to read and write.

For those who wish to change the category, there is also the Social – Professional Qualification for Transport, where drivers who already have a license can access licenses C, D or E. Continue reading to understand how it works!

What is a social driver's license

CNH Social is a program created to provide low-income citizens with access to the National Driving License (CNH), offering exemptions or cost reductions. Below, we have separated some necessary requirements for you who want to obtain or renew your driver's license. Look:

Eligibility Criteria

To enroll in the program, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. For the first qualification, the candidate must:

  • Be between 18 and 27 years old;
  • Have an individual income of up to three minimum wages;
  • Know how to read and write.
  • Be registered with CadÚnico;

For those who wish to obtain a professional driving license, the process is a little more detailed and the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 21 and 50 years old;
  • Prove individual income of up to three minimum wages;
  • Know how to read and write;
  • Be registered with CadÚnico;
  • It is also necessary to have a driver's license in category B for at least 12 months, C or D, without having committed any repeat offense in the last 12 months.

Application process

The issuance of a free driver's license follows the determinations of each state or municipality. Firstly, you need to check whether the program is already offered at the DETRAN closest to you or by the state government.

Once the registration is accepted, it is necessary to follow the next steps, which include practical and theoretical classes, medical and psychological exams and also toxicological tests, if necessary.

Program benefits

The program brings with it significant impacts on the country's socioeconomic development, including the program's initiative aims to reduce the financial and bureaucratic barriers associated with obtaining a driver's license.

The benefits of the CNH Social program are:

  • Exemption from Detran fees;
  • Free theoretical and practical course;
  • Free driver's license issuance;
  • Validity of driver's license for one year.

This new policy has a strong socioeconomic impact, as in addition to enabling beneficiaries to have more employment opportunities, it also generates savings.

Required documentation

To register, you must first check whether the program is already available where you live and follow the registration dates. Generally, to register, the candidate must fill out a form and have some documentation on hand. Look:

Identification documents

In addition to filling out a form when registering, candidates must bring the following supporting documentation:

  • RG;
  • CPF;
  • Proof of address;
  • Proof of updated single registration;

How the social driver's license benefits the population

CNH Social seeks to promote social inclusion, facilitating access to licenses and, consequently, increasing the chances of employability. It is an initiative of the Federal Government and is only available in some Brazilian states. 

Below, some of the benefits that the CNH Social brings to the population will be presented.

Impact on employment

Currently, many companies are looking for candidates who have a driver's license, mainly in categories A and B. 

Being qualified increases employment opportunities, this is particularly relevant in rural areas and for professions such as delivery driver, public transport driver and cargo driver, where a driver's license is a basic requirement.

Access to categories A or B

With the CNH Social, citizens can obtain a driver's license in categories A or B for free. This means he can drive motorcycles, cars and other small vehicles. 

Furthermore, the program also allows drivers to change the category of their driver's license, which can be very useful for those who need to drive larger vehicles.

Social inclusion

CNH Social promotes social inclusion by enabling more people to have access to independent mobility. This facilitates access to essential services, such as health and education, and contributes to more active participation in the community and social activities.

Even though it is a social program, interested parties must go through all the procedures provided for by the CTB (Brazilian Traffic Code).

Availability in Brazilian states

The CNH Social is offered in several states in Brazil, reflecting an initiative to promote social inclusion for low-income families registered with CadÚnico. Program availability can vary significantly from state to state.

Other information that also varies are the specific criteria and the number of places, which may change over time as new editions of the program are launched.

Conclusion

CNH Social is a program created to provide low-income citizens with access to the National Driving License (CNH), offering exemptions or cost reductions. The program is an initiative of the Transport Social Service – SEST and the National Transport Learning Service – SENAT.

The project allows candidates aged 18 to 27 to obtain a driver's license, requiring proof of individual income of up to three minimum wages and that they know how to read and write.

Some states already have a social driver's license program, but each has its own requirements. Contact your state's DMV directly for more information.!

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Carol Torres

Graduated in advertising and publicity and senior writer at Matérias do dia. My mission is to write impactful texts that make a difference in the lives of our readers!

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