Residence Certificate: Requirements, Steps and MORE

The Residence certificate, It is a document that is responsible for proving the permanence of foreigners in the country who aspire to obtain the right to vote without the need for legal citizenship.

For this reason, we have dedicated this article to explain: What are the requirements, the steps that must be followed to obtain it, its function, where and when it is carried out, the validity and regulations associated with the certificate and we conclude with the definition.

What are the Requirements for the Certificate of Residence?

Generally, to start the application for any type of certificate, the organizations and institutions require a series of documents. This certificate, being a legal document, is not exempt from them.

But, no need to worry, because below, we will show you a detailed list of all the requirements defendants so that the interested parties can start the process of this certificate.

To begin with, we should highlight an important aspect. And that is that, there are two methods by which the interested parties can carry out this procedure. They are, in person and through the Internet.

However, in this article we will focus on the requirements requested for the process in person. Pay close attention to the information developed below:

Requirements to carry out the procedure in person

Authorization to reside in the country:
  • Here, it is achieved by delivering the certificate issued by the National Directorate of Migration.
  • First, the Birth Certificate:
  • Then you have the option to present any other document that is from the country of origin. For example:
  • In turn, these documents must be endorsed by the Uruguayan Consulate in that country.
  • Also, it must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
  • And finally, it must be translated by a Certified Translator, if applicable.
  • First, the applicant must be at least 18 years old. Thus, you will have the following options.
  • The main option is the birth certificate with its respective reference.
  • Then, you can show the passport that is visa, legalized and correctly translated.
  • Also, national public documents containing the references are included.
  • Deed or certificate where a notary can attest to having seen the game. This must be accompanied by a photocopy of the visa, translated and legalized.
  • Finally, the medical certificate.

At this point, the applicant must prove his identity but through the documents that have been presented, and also by the testimony of the witnesses. They must be over 25 years old, and must also be registered in the National Civic Registry.


For this, the applicant must present documents, either public or private, where it can be verified that he has remained in the country for 15 years. Likewise, the following documents are supported:

  • First, all documents issued by any authority, office or public institution.
  • Also, it includes a record of procedures, or failing that, procedures carried out by the applicant.
Family constituted:
  • In primary instance, you can present the items or certificates of marital status. This, in case the union has been made and verified in the country.
  • In turn, the legalized and translated items are needed. This, if the act was carried out abroad.
  • Legalized and translated passports are included.
  • Finally, it must be verified that the individuals reside in the same family bond. This is carried out through the appearance and testimony of witnesses in the office.

This is a public or private document, which is responsible for proving that the applicant has working capital, industry and property in the country. Or, who professes a science, art or trade in it. It is supported:

  • Initially, diplomas and degrees, certificate from school, universities or institutions. They must be qualified for three professions: science, art, industry.
  • Recipes of registration, license plates or, failing that, of any competent authority that accredits said profession and contracts.
  • Also, titles or proof of property.
  • Work certificates.
Good conduct:

Now, for the applicant to be able to demonstrate good behavior, he must have and present the police information ticket and, to this is added the respective witness statement.

Democratic ideas:

Finally, the applicant must demonstrate under oath and in turn, under the testimony of witnesses, that he has democratic ideas and that he is not involved with organizations, either social or political, that, through violence, destroy the fundamental bases of nationality. .

Steps to Follow for the Certificate of Residence

After the explanation of the necessary requirements to start the application for this type of certificate, we continue with the steps that all interested parties must follow to obtain the certificate.

Now, as we mentioned in a previous point, this certificate can be requested in two ways. And those are through the Internet and in person. However, our approach is directed to the face-to-face form of the certificate request.

In person in Montevideo:
  • First, the applicant must schedule an appointment, with a date and time for the start of the process.
  • So, first of all, you should go to the following web page. Click here.
  • And, click on the option: Online procedure.
  • Subsequently, you must follow the steps shown and schedule the appointment.
In person in the interior of the country:
  • Here, the same steps are followed as in Montevideo.
  • The applicant must previously schedule an appointment before going to the organization.

What is the Certificate of Residence for?

With all this, it is convenient that you know the function and purpose of this certificate. Because on many occasions it is not usually given the importance it deserves. For this reason, we will explain to you what this type of certificate is for.

Well, having this certificate is essential for any citizen who is in the national territory. This is because it is generally requested to confirm important aspects.

In addition, it is relevant to mention and highlight that having this certificate on hand brings with it different benefits and advantages. One of those benefits is when it comes to carrying out other procedures. Since, it is usually a main and fundamental requirement to start other requests.

Where and when is the procedure done?

Now, as we mentioned in a previous point, this certificate can be requested in two ways. And those are through the Internet and in person. However, our approach is directed to the face-to-face form of the certificate request.

In person in Montevideo:

Initially, the applicant must schedule an appointment on the web portal. This step is essential since, without a reservation, the customer will not be served. Subsequently, it should be addressed to the following address:

  • Electoral Court, Legal Citizenship section.
  • Ituzaingó 1467, Ground Floor.
In person in the interior of the country:

On the other hand, to carry out the procedure in the interior of the country, the interested party must follow the same steps and requirements as in the previous case. However, the address to which he must attend is the following:

  • Departmental Electoral Offices
  • Permanent Delegate Registration Offices of Pando, Las Piedras and Ciudad de la Costa.
  • Customer service schedule: Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm respectively.

Validity and Regulations Associated with the Certificate

Now, continuing with this article and in another vein, we focus on offering information regarding the validity and regulations associated with this type of certificate in particular.

Section III – Citizenship and suffrage – Chapter II. Article 78:
Have right to vote, without the need to previously obtain legal citizenship, foreign men and women, of good conduct, with a family established in the Republic, who possessing some working capital or property in the country, or professing any science, art or industry , have a habitual residence of fifteen years, at least, in the Republic. Proof of residence will be based on a public or private instrument of a proven date, and if the justification is satisfactory for the authority in charge of judging it, the foreigner will be enabled to vote as soon as he or she registers in the Civic Registry, authorized by the certification that, for the purposes, will be extended by that same authority.

What is the Certificate of Residence?

We conclude this article by offering a brief definition of this certificate. Well, it is nothing more than a document that is responsible for proving the permanence in the country of those foreigners who aspire to have the right to vote without the need to obtain legal citizenship.

We should highlight an important point regarding the issuance of the residence certificate. And it is that, the same is issued when having only the inscription in the National Civic Registry of its holder.

This means that all those foreigners who are registered in the registry under these conditions, have the possibility of voting in each of the electoral calls. However, there is an exception, and that is that of the constitutional reform plebiscites.

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