How to Obtain a Colombian Citizenship ID: A Complete Guide

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What is it?

The Colombian Citizenship ID, also known as ‘Cédula de Ciudadanía’, is a national identification document issued to Colombian citizens. It serves as the primary legal proof of identity, providing access to various services and legal rights within Colombia. Foreign nationals who have become naturalized citizens are also eligible to obtain this ID.

Who needs it?

The Colombian Citizenship ID is required for all Colombian citizens aged 14 and above. It is essential for anyone residing in Colombia who needs to access public services, open a bank account, enter legal contracts, or travel domestically. Moreover, foreign nationals who have naturalized as Colombian citizens must obtain this ID to fully integrate and enjoy the rights endowed to Colombian citizens.


  1. Prepare the required documents for the application.
  2. Schedule an appointment at your nearest Notaría or Registraduría office.
  3. Attend the appointment with your documents and fill out the necessary forms.
  4. Undergo a biometrics capture including photographs, fingerprints, and signatures.
  5. Pay any applicable fees for the processing of your Citizenship ID.
  6. Wait for the processing period, which can take several weeks.
  7. Collect your Cédula de Ciudadanía from the designated pick-up location once notified.

Required documents

  • Valid passport: Obtain through your country’s passport services.
  • Proof of address: Utility bills or rental agreement.
  • Original birth certificate: Request from your municipality or consulate.
  • Two recent passport-sized photos: Take at any authorized photo center.
  • Proof of legal residence for foreign nationals: Obtain through official immigration channels.

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Additional details

  • The Colombian Citizenship ID is mandatory for voting in elections.
  • The application process requires scheduled appointments, which can be booked online or via phone.
  • Ensure all documents are translated into Spanish and notarized if originating from another country.
  • Expedited services may be available at a higher fee depending on your location.
  • The ID is also required for job applications and higher education admissions in Colombia.


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