Civil Marriage Services in Colombia - Easy Steps & Guide

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What is it?

A civil marriage in Colombia is a legal union between two people recognized by the Colombian government. It involves a formal process that requires documentation, a marriage ceremony, and legal recognition. This service ensures that your marriage is legally binding and provides the benefits and protections granted to married couples under Colombian law.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for couples, including foreigners and locals, who wish to get married legally in Colombia. It is particularly useful for foreign nationals marrying Colombian citizens, expatriates residing in Colombia, and Colombian couples seeking a straightforward and legally recognized marriage process.


  1. Obtain and prepare all required documents.
  2. Submit the documents to the local Colombian registry office (Notaría).
  3. Schedule an appointment for the civil marriage ceremony.
  4. Attend the marriage ceremony with witnesses.
  5. Receive your official marriage certificate.

Required documents

  • Valid passports or national IDs of both parties - Obtain from your respective country’s authorities.
  • Birth certificates of both parties - Request from the civil registry or relevant office in your country.
  • Proof of single status (Certificado de soltería) - Obtain from the relevant authority in your country or embassy.
  • If applicable, divorce decrees or death certificates of previous spouses - Provided by the civil registry or relevant authority.
  • A sworn statement of intent to marry - Created and signed by both parties.
  • Four witnesses with valid IDs - Friends or family members who are witnesses to the marriage.

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • Ensure all foreign documents are apostilled or legalized and translated into Spanish by an official translator.
  • Schedule your appointment well in advance, as notary offices can be busy.
  • Keep copies of all submitted documents for your records.
  • Fees for the process can vary depending on the notary, so check in advance.
  • You may need to attend a premarital seminar or counseling if required by the local notary.


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