Domain Names

In Brazil, domain names are registered with the São Paulo State Foundation for Academic Research (FAPESP). In 1996 the non-profit organization was appointed by the Internet Administration Committee (CGI) to register and manage all ‘.br’ top-level domains.

CGI Resolutions 001 and 002 govern the registration process.

The registry allows foreign entities to register their domain name without a Brazilian Taxpayer Registry number provided that a local representative is appointed and registration is recorded with the ‘’ system. Registration will be cancelled if the foreign entity does not establish its presence in Brazil within one year of registration, although this rule is being revised.

Individuals may register a domain name upon presentation of their registry number.

Domain names are granted on a first come, first served basis. FAPESP will refuse applications of domain names that are already registered or that are reserved (ie, well-known trademarks).