How to Obtain Your RUC in Bolivia: A Comprehensive Guide

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What is it?

The Registro Unico de Contribuyentes (RUC) in Bolivia is a unique tax identification number assigned to businesses and individuals engaged in commercial activities. This number is mandatory for all entities that are required to pay or withhold taxes, and it helps the Bolivian government keep track of taxpayers and enforce compliance with tax laws.

Who needs it?

The RUC registration is essential for businesses of all sizes, freelancers, and independent contractors operating in Bolivia. This service is ideal for new entrepreneurs, established business owners expanding their operations, and foreign investors who need a tax identification number to comply with Bolivian tax regulations.


  1. Gather all necessary documents as detailed below.
  2. Fill out the RUC application form available on the official Bolivian tax authority website.
  3. Submit the application form and required documents at your nearest tax office or online if available.
  4. Attend an appointment if required for verification and additional questions.
  5. Receive your RUC number and keep it safe for all your tax-related operations.

Required documents

  • Photocopy of National Identity Card or Passport: Obtainable from your local civil registry office.
  • Proof of Address: Any recent (within three months) utility bill or rental agreement.
  • Business Registration Certificate: Issued by the Chamber of Commerce for entities registered as businesses.
  • Tax Form 605: Available for download from the official website of the Bolivian tax authority.
  • Power of Attorney: If signing on behalf of someone else, notarized and duly signed.

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Additional details

  • Processing Time: Typically takes 5-10 business days from the submission date.
  • Cost: The registration process is free, but there may be additional costs for obtaining necessary documents.
  • Renewal: RUC numbers do not require renewal, but your business activities must be updated regularly.
  • Online Services: Some parts of the process can be completed online, but verification usually requires a physical visit.


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