How to Obtain a Residence Certificate in Chile - Step-by-Step Guide

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What is it?

A Residence Certificate in Chile is an official document that verifies your legal residence status within the country. It is often required for various administrative procedures, such as opening a bank account, enrolling in schools, or applying for visas.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for expatriates, foreign workers, international students, and anyone needing an official verification of their residency in Chile. Whether you’re just moving to Chile or need to update your records, this certificate is essential for smooth administrative processes.


  1. Visit the local municipality (Municipalidad) where you reside.
  2. Fill out the application form for the Residence Certificate (Certificado de Residencia).
  3. Submit the completed form along with required documents (proof of address and identification).
  4. Pay any applicable fees.
  5. Wait for the application to be processed. Processing times can vary, so check with your local office for specific timelines.
  6. Collect your Residence Certificate once it’s ready. Some municipalities may offer online downloads or postal delivery options.

Required documents

  • Proof of Address: Utility bills, rental agreements, or notarized letters from your landlord.
  • Identification: A valid passport or Chilean ID (Cédula de Identidad).

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Additional details

  • Processing times can vary, so check with your local office for specific timelines.
  • Some municipalities may offer the option to submit applications online or receive the certificate via postal mail.
  • It is advisable to schedule an appointment beforehand to avoid long wait times at the municipal offices.


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