Dear compatriot, take into account that if you are married under the Law of the United States of America you must carry out the HOMOLOGATION of your marriage, unlike the CELEBRATION of marriage that implies that you are not currently married. Remember that at the Consulate General only marriages between Bolivians or between a Bolivian citizen and a foreigner are homologated or celebrated (marriages between foreigners to be valid under Bolivian laws involve residence in Bolivia and formalities before CIVIL REGISTER OFFICES).
HOMOLOGATION OF MARRIAGE
The requirements for registration of a marriage in this Diplomatic Mission are the following:
- Physical presence in the offices of the General Consulate of both parties.
- Marriage certificate issued by the pertinent US authority that bears the Apostille of the Secretary of State or Government of each State, or of the Department of State of the United States of America.
- Translation into Spanish of the marriage certificate duly notarized and bearing the Apostille of the Secretary of State or Government of each State, or of the Department of State of the United States of America. See legalizations for APOSTILLE
- Original and photocopy of the valid Identity Documents of the spouses.
- Letter of request for homologation of the marriage addressed to the Consul General.
- Proof of current residence (electricity bill, potable water, gas, etc.).
- Two witnesses with their current identity documents (these do not necessarily have to be Bolivian).
- Payment of Credit / Debit Card or Money Order approval on behalf of the Consulate General of Bolivia.
CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
The Celebration of Marriage is the legal act by which two people of different sex who meet the requirements established by the rule, come before the Civil Registry Officer to request registration of that decision in the respective book, constituting a union regulated by the Law endowed of stability and permanence. For this, they must appear at the consulate with the following requirements:
- Act of manifestation of willingness to marry (Marriage Edict). Document stating the will to contract marriage that must be requested at the Consulate General in the physical presence of the contracting parties with valid identity documents (CI or Passport for Bolivians, and passport for foreigners if translated) and witnesses (not necessarily Bolivians with Bolivian CI or passports if duly translated) 15 days prior to the celebration of the marriage.
- Marriage capacity (boyfriends) for Bolivians certification of inexistence of departure issued by the Consulate General and for Foreigners Certification of single or equivalent document in their country of origin duly legalized and translated, or proof of the termination of previous marriages with certificates of death or dissolution of marriage duly legalized and translated in case of foreigners if applicable
- Passport or Identity Document in force (boyfriends) or identity card valid for Bolivians.
- Two witnesses with their current Identity Document do not have to be family members and not necessarily Bolivians.
- Payment of the celebration on a Credit / Debit Card or Money Order on behalf of the Consulate General of Bolivia.
- NOTE.- Once the marriage certificate is made, a date will be assigned for the celebration of the wedding after 15 days after this procedure.