September 25, 2008


RENAP: People Assured of the Same Prices


PHOTO: (See inside RENAP)
RENAP employees working in the headquarters, located in the building Cortijo, Avenida de La Reforma, Zone 9.

By Jessica Osorio

"We believe that there has been some misinformation, and that's why some oppose the transfer of records to RENAP civilians," he said yesterday, the director of that entity, and said that rates for procedures are the same as charged in municipalities.

According to the National Registry of Persons (RENAP), the transfer of civil registries will not affect the citizens.

Until yesterday it amounted to 239 sites in the country that RENAP already received records of the communities, and the plan designed to cover all the communities by September 30.

This, despite the mayors of 70 municipalities in the West, who still refuse to hand over the books with the data of citizens.

Enrique Cossich, executive director of RENAP, reported that people can remain calm because the charges made by the RENAP are the same as those set in the municipalities.

For Citizen Action, in some cases, opposition to the delivery of public records is because it is seen as it could be conducive to acts like false identities or ones obtained fraudulently. (Of course this is to the contrary.)

Cossich argued that RENAP updated the register of identification of natural persons, and over the right to identity them. "We give legal certainty to the country, the electoral process will have a real pattern and with total transparency," he said.

He commented that this supports the reduction of underreporting of people who have died and are labeled as xx, a situation that worries the judges of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, who anticipated that there will be another audit of the pattern for the next election.

Victor Hugo Figueroa, president of the National Association of Municipalities, said that the speaker's dialogue, and that will resort to an end by next Monday in the Court of Constitutionality. He recalled that revenue for the communities represent the formalities of public records.

President Alvaro Colom will meet with the 70 mayors dissatisfied with the relocation of public records to RENAP, to make them see that the law must be met, briefed the Vice President Rafael Espada.


RENAP has determined that each document will have the same price as fixed by the municipality.

- The documents that are free in some places, and will remain so in RENAP.

- In the case of Guatemala City headquarters, a birth certificate costs Q15.

- Prices in towns of Quiche range from Q5, for birth certificates, Q10 on the first ballot, and neighborhood Q15 by replenishing it. For certificates of marriage are paid about Q20.

- In Huehuetenango, the birth certificates are charged Q5: Huista in Santa Ana, Union Cantinil, San Rafael La Independencia and Malacatancito, and in Chiantla, Q8.

- For the same procedure, in Quiche: Q10 in Santa Cruz, and Q5 in Nebaj, Chajul, Chicaman and Chinique.

- San Marcos: Q3 in Palo Gordo, Q5 in Rodeo, Malacatán, San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta, Catarina and Rio Blanco, and Q15 in San Pedro Sacatepequez.

Posted by Marie at September 25, 2008 04:05 AM

Ok, after our file was in PGN for 9 plus months, we finally got out. Now we find that instead of the birth certificate taking 1 to 3 weeks it now takes 8 weeks. Does anyone know what is going on with that? I am not sure we will ever get our little guy. It seems like everytime we do get through a hoop they have put up a whole new set of them!

Posted by: Jane at September 29, 2008 07:53 AM

necesito el nombre de un abogado, en guatemala para ponerles el apellido de mi esposo, gracias

Posted by: ana marroquin at November 23, 2011 02:44 PM
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