CTPS stands for Work and Social Security Card, a document that records the activities of the citizen as a worker. It is mandatory for all workers, whether in activities related to commerce, industry, agriculture, livestock or of a domestic nature.
The Work Card guarantees citizens the main labor rights, such as unemployment insurance, Social Security benefits and the Employment Compensation Fund (FGTS).
The CTPS is issued by the Regional Superintendence of Labor and Employment (SRTE) and at employee service stations.
Since 2008, the new Work Card has been issued by computerized means, through a system that integrates all workers in Brazil. It is a blue-colored document, more resistant than the previous one and with greater protection against fraud. The Work Card of foreign citizens in Brazil is now colored green.
It can be requested by people aged 14 and over, considering that the hiring of minors aged between 14 and 16 must belong to the apprentice category.
The CTPS was established by Decree No. 21,175, of March 21, 1932, and later regulated by Decree 22,035, of October 29, 1932.