AMERICAN GENTLEMEN AND COLOMBIA MARRIAGE
Last Revised: January 2007
Civil Marriage in Colombia is a matter of their local civil law, but the rules appear to be fluid and are often applied with a fair amount of discretion by local officials. Some of the rules are inconsistent between the cities, while others appear to change with little or no notice.
For example, in Bogota, there is a requirement that notice of the marriage be published in the local newspaper for five days before the wedding date. By contrast, in Cali, there is no such requirement, at least not one uniformly or strictly enforced. See Here: For a List of All Civil Public Notaries in Cali. Click here for the Cali local government's List of Cali Notaries. Click Here for a List of All Notaries in Colombia: Colombian Notaries.
The U.S. Embassy, Consular Sections in Bogota and Barranquilla distribute a Consular Information sheet with an informal interpretation of Colombian law regarding marriage of a U.S. Citizen to a Colombian national. The U.S. Embassy Website also outlines their view of Colombian Marriage requirements and Visa Options here: Visa Options When Marrying a Colombian National. These sources state that a valid civil marriage performed in accordance with Colombian law is fully recognized by U.S. law, but caution that you must consult closely with a Colombian official or attorney to properly accomplish a civil marriage in Colombia.
Having set forth these cautions, the actual requirements for civil marriage in Colombia are fairly straight-forward:
A. Minor children who might accompany the new bride can complicate the marriage process. Technically, under Colombian Emigration rules and the Colombian "right of paternity", the father of the children can legally deny permission for the children to leave the country, especially if (though not necessarily only when) the children still carry the father's name. To ensure that children of your bride will be allowed exit from Colombia, a written, signed, dated Letter of Permission of Father is required by Colombian DAS (Administrative Department of Security). There are a few well-establish exceptions to the general rule that the Father's permission letter is required, namely if the Father's whereabouts are not known or the Father is deceased. For more information, see the Article titled: "Can the Kids Go Home?" in our Newsletter (Adobe Acrobat pdf format).
B. You must disclose to the Notary, if requested, the names of both your parents, whether living or deceased, and the name of your employer.
C. Where pages of documents are translated into Spanish, there may be additional charges if the pages number more than eight.
D. All documents must be presented to a Colombian public "notaria" who reviews the materials for adequacy, and then can arrange for a Colombian judge or justice of the peace to actually perform the ceremony. Many notaries can and do perform the ceremony themselves.
E. Colombia is a participant in the Hague Convention of 1961 which abolishes the requirement that U.S. English-language documents be "legalized" by the U.S. Consulate or State Department before they are recognized as valid. See: Colombian Consulate (Houston) Information. However, Notaries can still require that U.S. documents which be certified by the state Secretary of State with an "Apostille".
For a List of Secretary of State Offices, Address, Telphone Numbers and Fees to Secure an "Apostille", See: Contact List of Secretary of State Offices.
2. Hotel Embassy Suites Rosales
3. Hostal Casa Franco
4. Hostal Casa Americana
5.Hotel Puerta del Sol
B. SAMPLE PUBLIC NOTARIES IN SOME CITIES
1. Notaria Primera (First Public Notary)
2. Notaria Secunda (Second Public Notary)
3. Dr. Mario Cesear Acosta (Public Notary 13)
4. Antonio Guzman Naranjo (Public Notary)
5. Dr. Rafael Maria Gutierrez (Public Notary)
FAMILY LAWYER IN BOGOTA:
C. CONSULATE APPROVED TRANSLATORS
2. Gonzalo Escobar Kafury
3. Michael Taboada
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Tel: 1-800-742-5877 Online Customer Service: Online Customer Service
5. FedEx.(Delivery to Colombia)
Tel: 1-800-GO-FEDEX (463-3339)
F. HONEYMOONS IN COLOMBIA
2. San Andres(Information on San Andres)
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