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Applying for a Bolivia Carnet (ID Card)

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Expat Services - Bolivia Carnet

The Bolivia carnet de identidad (Bolivian identification card) is one of the Bolivian residency requirements to live, work or retire in Bolivia. You’ll first process your application for residency in Bolivia. Once your residency has been approved and your passports have been returned to you with the residency stamp, acquiring your Bolivian carnet is your next step. Because this procedure is fairly simple some people choose to do it themselves; however, we offer this service for those who would rather be accompanied. Your Bolivia carnet is the one document you'll carry with you everywhere you go.

How we'll help you get your carnet:

The lawyer we connect you with will accompany you to the institutions involved to fill in the required documentation, pay the required fee, and set up an appointment to have your photo taken.

The lawyer will accompany you to pick up your Bolivia carnet when it is ready and ensure all the information it contains is correct.

You must enter Bolivia on a Specific Purpose Visa, not a tourist visa, if you plan to apply for residency in Bolivia. Join our Bolivia visa forum if you have questions. You must have acquired residency prior to applying for a Bolivian identification card.

If you plan to work or start a business in Bolivia you will also need to process a work permit from the Ministry of Labor. We can assist you with this as well. Costs vary per the bilateral agreements Bolivia has with each country and will not be the same for everyone.

You must participate in the biometric registration of foreigners. If you plan to live, work or retire in Bolivia, please be aware that every foreigner in Bolivia is required to take part in the Bolivian Biometric Census.


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