Guide to Property Registration in Colombia for New Owners

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What is it?

Property registration in Colombia is a legal process where a new property owner formally records their ownership with a government authority. This process ensures that property rights are legally recognized and protected, helping to avoid disputes and legally securing your investment.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for foreign investors, expatriates, digital nomads planning a long-term stay, and Colombian nationals purchasing property. Whether you’re buying your first home, an investment property, or setting up a rental unit, this guide will ensure a smooth registration process.


  1. Obtain a copy of the property’s current registration from the Public Registry Office.
  2. Ensure all property taxes and administrative fees are up to date.
  3. Hire a notary to draft the property transfer deed.
  4. Both parties (buyer and seller) sign the deed in the presence of a notary.
  5. Pay the transfer tax at a local bank.
  6. Submit the signed deed and proof of tax payment to the Public Registry Office.
  7. Wait for the office to process your request and issue the updated registration certificate.

Required documents

  • Copy of the current property registration (available at the Public Registry Office)
  • Proof of paid property taxes and administrative fees (available at local tax offices)
  • Identification documents (passport, national ID card, or similar)
  • Notarized property transfer deed (prepared by a licensed notary)

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • Note: Ensure any outstanding administrative fees are cleared before beginning the registration process to avoid delays.
  • Engaging a local lawyer who specializes in real estate can simplify the process and avoid potential legal pitfalls.
  • Processing times may vary, so plan accordingly, particularly if the purchase is time-sensitive.
  • For foreign nationals, having a Spanish-speaking assistant or translator may be beneficial during meetings with local authorities.


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