Brazil has legally recognized eSignatures since 2001 with Medida provisoria 2.200-2.
The Medida provisoria 2.200-2 addresses the guidelines for eSignatures that must be met for a signature to be valid. In certain cases, additional information is required in court to prove the validity of an electronically signed document.
Brazil has a tiered system for electronic signatures and specific standards are put in place for what type of electronic signature is required. A contract is generally valid when the parties reach an agreement that is expressed verbally, in writing, by electronic means, or by any other technology, or by unambiguous signs.
In some stances when the digital signatures are required, they need to meet the following criteria to be equivalent to handwritten signatures.
The tiered eSignature legal model in Brazil allows companies to select the type of eSignatures to use while conducting their business.
eSignatures are not recommended for: