Registering your business in Brazil in 5 steps

Registering a business in Brazil can be complex, but with the right knowledge and resources, it can be navigated effectively.

Brazil, with its burgeoning economy and vast market potential, offers an appealing destination for foreign entrepreneurs seeking to establish their business. However, the process of registering a business in Brazil can seem daunting, especially for those unfamiliar with the country’s bureaucratic systems. In this guide, we aim to demystify this process, offering a step-by-step account of how to register your business in Brazil.

Step 1: Obtain a CNPJ

The first step to registering a business in Brazil is to obtain a National Register of Legal Entities (CNPJ) number. Similar to a Tax ID in the U.S., this number identifies your business for tax purposes. You can apply for a CNPJ online through the Brazilian Federal Revenue Department’s website.

Step 2: Register Your Business Name

Next, you will need to register your company’s name with the Board of Trade (Junta Comercial). It’s essential to ensure that your desired name is not already in use. You can check this on the National Business Name Search database.

Step 3: Articles of Association

Your company’s Articles of Association must be drafted and notarized. This document outlines key information about your company, including its purpose, structure, rules of operation, and details about shareholders.

Step 4: Obtain Business Permits

Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to obtain specific permits or licenses. These can range from environmental licenses to health and safety permits. It’s crucial to understand which licenses apply to your business to operate legally.

Know more about Business Permit here (link to artigo 33. Obtain Business Permits and Licenses) 

Step 5: Register with Local Authorities

Finally, register your business with the local City Hall and State Secretariat of Finance. This registration is necessary for obtaining your local business license and your State Registration Number, respectively.


While the process of registering a business in Brazil can be complex, with the right knowledge and resources, it can be navigated effectively. Novatrade is here to support you every step of the way, offering professional assistance to make your business registration in Brazil as smooth and efficient as possible.

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