Civil Registry
Thursday September 21, 2017


For a marriage celebrated abroad, to be valid in Bolivia, it must be registered with the Consulate of Bolivia.


To register your marriage at the Consulate of the Plurinational State of Bolivia must meet the following requirements , no exceptions :

  1. Certificate of Marriage
    • Document must be certified by the Secretary of State where it was issued and authenticated by the State Department of the United States of America (See procedure Legalization)
    • Legalization of the marriage certificate is required by the Consulate.
  2. Original or certified copy of the birth certificate of the spouses
    • If one spouse is not Bolivian must perform the same procedure to legalize birth certificate at the Consulate.
    • No translation of any required certificates
    • Photocopies of birth certificates will not accepted
  3. Valid Identification of both spouses
    • Bolivian passport or Identification Card
    • Foreign passport
  4. Presentation of two (2) witnesses armed with valid identity documents
    • Witnesses must not necessarily be Bolivian
  5. Proof of current residence
    • Utility bill , lease etc. 

Appointments are not required , the approximate time of each registration is 15 minutes.

FEE

  • Recognition of foreign marriage and registration in the Books of Marriage between Bolivians, including a Certificate of Marriage and Family Booklet$ 30.00
  • Recognition of foreign marriage and registration in the Books of Marriage when one or both of the spouses is a foreigner individual, including a marriage certificate and family booklet$ 100.00
  • Legalization of a Marriage Certificate not granted by the Consulbetween Bolivian individuals or a Bolivian individual with a foreign individual (original or photocopy): $ 15.00
  • Legalization of a Marriage Certificate not granted by the Consul among non-Bolivian individuals (original or photocopy)$ 50.00

Information on marriage celebrations at the Consulate of Bolivia.


A Marriage Celebration is a legal act by which two persons of opposite sex who meet the requirements set by law, go before a Consular Officer to request record that decision in the accompanying book, constituting a regulated union endowed with stability and permanence.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Registration of the intending spouses
  2. Birth certificate (Bride and Groom)
  3. Certificate of Non-Impediment (Bride and Groom)
    • Proof of the termination of any prior marriages by death, divorce or annulment
  4. Valid Passport or Identification (Bride and Groom)
  5. Two witnesses with valid Identity Card (Do not have to be relatives)
  6. IF BRIDE OR GROOM IS NOT BOLIVIAN, documents must be legalized by the courts in their country of origin, if they were in another language, must also be translated into Spanish and legalized.

NOTE - . Having completed the marriage certificate, date will be assigned for the wedding celebration after 15 days after this procedure.

FEES

  • Celebration of marriage between Bolivians and their registration in the Books of Marriage that includes Free Matrimonial EdictCertificate of Marriage and Family Booklet: $ 50.00
  • Celebration of marriage between a Bolivian individual and a foreign individual and his registration in the Book of Marriage including: Free Matrimonial Edictmarriage certificatefamily booklet and Foreign Registration Form$ 150.00
  • Legalization of a Marriage Certificate not granted by the Consulbetween Bolivian individuals or a Bolivian individual with a foreign individual (original or photocopy): $ 15.00
  • Legalization of a Marriage Certificate not granted by the Consul among non-Bolivian individuals (original or photocopy)$ 50.00

Children born abroad of a Bolivian parent have the right to obtain Bolivian citizenship.


This condition is formalized through registration of the minor before a Bolivian consular representation.

Requirements:

  1. Original Birth certificate or legalized photocopy of the minor. This document has to be authenticated by the secretary of state.
  2. The presence of parents.
  3. The Bolivian parent must be present with their Bolivian identity card or passport, even if its expired.
  4. Non-Bolivian parent must be present carrying a valid national passport.
    1. If the non-Bolivian parent cannot be present at the Consulate, he or she must give consent to register the minor through a notarized letter and copy of foreign passport.
  5. The minor must be present.
  6. Three (3) color photographs of the child, 2 "x 2", white (if minor more than 12 years of age).

Fee:

  • Registration fee for Minors from 0 to 11 years of age is $ 70.00, which covers:
    • The legalization of the birth certificate by Consulate in Bolivia $ us 50.00
    • Translation of the birth certificate $ 20.00
  • Registration fee for Minors 12 to 18 years of age pay is $ 85.00, which covers:
    • The legalization of the birth certificate by Consulate in Bolivia $ 50.00
    • Translation of the birth certificate $ 20.00
    • Administrative Registration fee $ 15.00

 

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