Register for Social Security in Colombia - Step-by-Step Guide

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What is it?

The Social Security System in Colombia provides a range of benefits including healthcare, pensions, and various forms of social insurance. Registration is mandatory for all eligible residents and workers, ensuring they have access to these essential services.

Who needs it?

This service is essential for all Colombian residents, expatriates living and working in Colombia, freelancers seeking to comply with local laws, and employees who need to receive social benefits. It is also crucial for employers to understand to ensure their staff are properly registered.


  1. Obtain a valid ID card (Cédula de Ciudadanía) for Colombian nationals or a foreign ID (Cédula de Extranjería) for expatriates.
  2. Visit the official social security office or their designated website to start the registration process.
  3. Fill out the registration form with your personal and employment details.
  4. Submit the required documentation, including your ID and proof of employment.
  5. Wait for confirmation of your registration, which may take several business days.
  6. Once confirmed, you will receive a social security number and details about your coverage.

Required documents

  • Valid ID card (Cédula de Ciudadanía for natives, Cédula de Extranjería for foreigners)
  • Proof of employment (contract or official letter from your employer)
  • Completed registration form (available on the official social security website or office)

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Additional details

  • Ensure that your employer is also registered with the social security system to be eligible for benefits.
  • Freelancers and self-employed individuals must also register and can manage their contributions independently.


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