What Is A Cedula?

“Kathleen, I have been reading about Ecuador and other countries I’m considering for retirement. Residency and ‘cedula’ keeps coming up in everything. My question is, what is a ‘cedula’?”

–Angela W., United States

A “cedula” is a national identity card. Depending on the country, it can also be proof of legal residency. However, in some countries, it’s possible to be a legal resident without having a cedula; the cedula isn’t required.

Bottom line, it’s a recognized form of legal ID in Latin America.

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