Get Your Ecuador National Identity Card: A Complete Guide

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What is it?

The Ecuador National Identity Card, also known as ‘Cédula de Identidad’, is an official document used to verify the identity of citizens and residents in Ecuador. It is essential for various processes such as opening bank accounts, obtaining employment, and accessing certain public services.

Who needs it?

Ideal for Ecuadorian citizens, residents, and expats living in Ecuador who require a valid form of identification for daily activities. This service is also crucial for immigrants looking to integrate smoothly into Ecuadorian society.


  1. Visit the nearest Civil Registry office in Ecuador or book an appointment online.
  2. Fill out the application form provided by the Civil Registry.
  3. Submit the required documents along with the filled-out application form.
  4. Undergo biometric data collection, including fingerprints and photograph.
  5. Pay the applicable fee for the issuance of the identity card.
  6. Wait for the processing period, which typically takes a few days to a couple of weeks.

Required documents

  • Birth Certificate: Obtainable from the Civil Registry where your birth is registered.
  • Proof of Residence: Utility bill or lease agreement.
  • Previous Identity Card (if renewing or replacing): Your old identity card.

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Additional details

    • The application process can be initiated online, but in-person verification is necessary.
    • Ensure all photocopies of documents are certified for authenticity.
    • Fees may vary based on urgency and type of application (initial issuance, renewal, replacement).
    • For more info, visit the official Civil Registry website of Ecuador.


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