Bolivia Civil Registration

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Direcciones Departamentales y Regionales del Registro Civil
Dirección Nacional de Registro Civil:
Av. 6 de Agosto esq. Cordero Nº 2798 - Sucre
Tel.: 2433984 - 2430106

See Genealogical Guide - Bolivia

Registro de Estado Civil
Archivo General
Calle Obispo Cardenas 1475
La Paz, Bolivia

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1940.[1]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Registers of births, marriages, and deaths include the following information:

Birth registers, 1898 to present


  • Names and surname
  • Sex
  • Race,
  • Time, day, month, year of birth
  • Place of birth


  • Names and surnames
  • Nationality
  • Language
  • Race
  • Profession
  • Address
  • Age
  • Degree of instruction


  • Names and surnames
  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Profession
  • Address
  • Identity card

General observations.

NOTE: By the law approved on April 5, 1945, all Bolivians born before 1940, and therefore not registered in the Civil Registry, should obtain a birth certificate by presenting their baptismal record or witnesses. In both cases, the registration is recorded in special books of birth.

Marriage registers, 1898 to present Spouses:

  • Names and surnames
  • Date
  • Nationality
  • Place of birth
  • Domicile
  • Profession or occupation
  • Age
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Degree of instruction
  • Language or dialect spoken
  • Amount of possessions you own
  • Marital status
  • observations
  • If the person does not know how to sign their name, they stamp their fingerprint


  • Names and surnames
  • Appearances
  • Address

Paternal grandparents' names and surnames

Witnesses' names and surnames

NOTE: There is space for the cancellation of marriages (divorce) with:

  • Date on which the divorce decree was issued
  • Judge's names and surnames
  • Judicial jurisdiction
  • Guardianship of the children left with the father and those left with the mother

Names of any natural children born before the marriage of the parties.

Death Registers, 1940 to present

  • Names and surnames of the deceased
  • Time, day, month and year of death
  • Cause of death
  • Proof of the cause of death when there was no medical attendant
  • Doctor's names, surname and title, who issued the death certificate
  • Place where the death took place (domicile or hospital, city, province, department)
  • If the place is urban, suburban or rural
  • The time of residence in the place
  • Habitual residence of the deceased person
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Race: white, mestizo, indigenous or other

Until 1973, the following was note:

  • Whether legitimate
  • Place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Profession, occupation or trade
  • Names and surnames of father, mother, and if applicable, spouse

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997).