Freedom and Tradition Certificate: Essential for Colombia Properties

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What is it?

The Freedom and Tradition Certificate in Colombia is a critical document for property transactions. It verifies the ownership, legal standing, and any encumbrances on a property. This certificate ensures that all property dealings are transparent and legally sound, providing both buyers and sellers with peace of mind.

Who needs it?

Ideal for individuals involved in property transactions in Colombia, specifically: homebuyers, real estate agents, legal professionals, and anyone needing to verify property ownership and legal status. This certificate is crucial for ensuring the safe and legal transfer of property ownership.


  1. Identify the property by its ‘Folio de Matrícula’ or registration number.
  2. Visit the local Office of Public Instruments (Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro).
  3. Submit an application form requesting the Freedom and Tradition Certificate.
  4. Pay the applicable fee for the service. Fees vary based on property value.
  5. Wait for the processing period. Typically, this ranges from a few hours to several days.
  6. Collect the certificate in person or receive it via email, depending on the office’s procedure.

Required documents

  • Property’s Folio de Matrícula: Obtain this from the seller or property records.
  • Identification: Valid ID such as a cédula for locals or passport for foreigners.
  • Application Form: Provided by the Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro office.
  • Payment Receipt: Ensure to keep a copy after fee payment.

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Additional details

  • Processing times may vary depending on the office and workload.
  • Some offices might offer an online application process; check the official website of the Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro.
  • It is recommended to verify the specific requirements with the local office as they might have additional prerequisites or forms to be filled.


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