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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Colombia

Question for Colombia

My wife and I are back in Costa Rica were she will have the interview, whenever the time comes. She brought with her the Certificado Judicial from Medellin Colombia (where she is from and lived most of her life). It is a small, blue, passport style, pageless book with a passport type picture of her and her fingerprint. Just making sure that this is the "police clearence" she will need for the interview so we will be done with the "Colombia" part of the paperwork.

Question for Costa Rica

For Costa Rica, we live in Jaco. Will she need to go to San Jose for her police clearence? Or would she need to get it in the town of Jaco or Puntarenas, which I think is the center for the territory or state we live in? Also in Costa Rica is it called the "Certificado Judicial" or is it called something else? Thanks again!

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Police Records

Police certificates (Pasado Judicial) may be obtained in Bogota at the Identification Division of the Department of Administrative Security (DAS), Colombia's equivalent of a federal law enforcement agency. Colombian police certificates contain information regarding outstanding warrants only. They contain no information regarding prior arrests and/or criminal convictions. Police certificates have a validity of one year.

The immigration division of DAS can provide a Colombian citizen's record of entries and departures from Colombian national territory since 1990.


Costa Rica:

Police Records

Costa Rican police certificates may be obtained only through an official request. Instructions and the required letter of request are available from the Embassy's consular section.


You may need to contact DOS or the US consulate about the Costa Rican certificate.


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Colombia

So basically I see there that the Certifdicado Judicial is the wrong document and she needs to go to Bogata Colombia to get the correct document. Is that true? She no longer lives in Colombia and has no intentions of returning anytime in the near future. Was intending to visit after she gets her VISA and when we have the money, as a trip to Colombia is not finanvcially feasable, especially Bogota.

Have any Colombianos(as) done this process from another country. If so how did you aquire the needed police c ertifacate?

Or is the certificado judicial the actual document required? Is that said police certificate? Any one who is familier with Colombia specifically who can answer? Stress level really rising as that is what we were under the impression she needed. A trip to Colombia is far out of the question.

And for Costa Rica, is there anyone who is familier with C.R. to answer that part of the question?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia


It sounds like she got the correct certificado judicial. My husband's was actually green though, not blue. But in any case, I've attached a couple of pics another member posted so you can see what it's supposed to look like.

Hope it helps!





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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Colombia

Thanks alot. Thats it, except hers doesn't have the MAD guy on it :devil:

In regards to my other worry. She was told that the other certificate would be sent to the Embassy in San Jose C.R. as she is doing everything based out of C.R.

Thanks again. :thumbs:

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