Complete Guide to Vehicle Registration in Colombia

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What is it?

Vehicle registration in Colombia is a mandatory process for all car owners to ensure that their vehicle is legally recognized by the government. This process involves submitting the necessary documents, paying the required fees, and obtaining a vehicle registration certificate, which allows you to legally drive your car in Colombia.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for new car owners, expatriates, or importers of high-end vehicles relocating to Colombia. If you are planning to buy a car in Colombia, ship a vehicle to Colombia, or need to update your vehicle’s registration details, this service will ensure you comply with all local regulations.


  1. Gather the required documents: original vehicle title, identification (national ID or passport), proof of address, and customs clearance if applicable.
  2. Visit the local Secretaria de Movilidad: Find your nearest branch and make an appointment.
  3. Fill out the registration application form: Provide details of the vehicle and owner.
  4. Pay the registration fees: Fees vary based on the type and value of the vehicle.
  5. Submit your application and documents: Hand in your completed application and accompanying documents for processing.
  6. Wait for processing: This can take up to a few weeks.
  7. Receive your vehicle registration certificate: Once approved, collect your certification from the Secretaria de Movilidad.

Required documents

    • Original vehicle title: Obtain this from the seller if purchasing a used car.
    • Identification: National ID or passport for foreigners.
    • Proof of address: Utility bill or rental agreement.
    • Customs clearance: Required if importing a vehicle; get from the customs office.

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Additional details

    • Vehicles imported to Colombia need to comply with local emission standards.
    • Make sure your vehicle’s documentation is translated if not in Spanish.
    • Expats may need to show their driving license and visa status.
    • If buying a used car, ensure there are no outstanding fines or liens.


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