When starting to do business in Brazil, one of the first steps you should take is to register the domain name to ensure that nobody else is going to do so before you.
According to IBGE, 50 million users are connected to the internet in Brazil, so registering a .br domain is an investment that worth it.
The list of second level .br domains is quite extensive (see list here), but .com.br is the most common. This second level domain can be easily registered on Registro .br by anyone provide you have a CPF or a CNPJ in addition to two or more DNS servers correctly set up and responding to the domain you wish to register. The annual fee for registering or renewing a .com.br domain is currently BRL 30.00.
For foreigner companies however the process is slightly more complicated. You will need among others:
- A representative that have an address in Brazil and that owns a CNPJ or CPF
- Power of attorney with authorized signature that give the representative the rights to register the domain
- Declaration stating that the company has the intention to start up the activities in Brazil within the next 12 months.
These and other documents should be sent directly to Registro .br so they can generate a number that will be used instead of the CNPJ for the domain registering process.
More information can be found at Registro .br website (in Portuguese).