Obtain Your Identity Card in Colombia - Easy Steps

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What is it?

The Identity Card Issuance service in Colombia provides residents, both citizens and foreigners, with a legal form of identification that is essential for various official and personal purposes. This ID is crucial to access multiple services, including banking, healthcare, and telecommunications, and is a key component of personal identification in Colombia.

Who needs it?

The service is ideal for Colombian nationals, expatriates, and individuals residing in Colombia who need a recognized form of identification. This includes anyone seeking to open a bank account, sign up for telecom services, access government services, or prove their identity for other official purposes. Foreigners living in Colombia who need to comply with local regulations will also find this service essential.


  1. Gather the required documents.
  2. Visit the nearest Registraduría Nacional office.
  3. Fill out the application form provided by the office.
  4. Submit your documents along with the filled form.
  5. Have your photo and fingerprints taken at the office.
  6. Pay the applicable fee for the ID card issuance.
  7. Wait for notification of your ID card’s readiness.
  8. Collect your ID card from the office or have it delivered to you.

Required documents

  • Original birth certificate: Obtain from your place of birth or local civil registry.
  • Proof of residence: Utility bill, rental agreement, or similar document confirming your address.
  • Two recent passport-sized photos: Taken within the last six months.
  • A valid passport: For foreigners, to prove identity and legal residency.

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Additional details

  • Processing time: Typically takes a few weeks, so plan accordingly.
  • Digital ID availability: Check if digital ID options are available and consider the benefits.
  • Application fees: Fees are subject to change, verify the current rate at the time of application.
  • Language requirements: Ensure all documents are submitted in Spanish or with an official translation.


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