Those who married a Chilean in Chile under a passport, PLEASE READ

In my case, there was no update (“Inscripción”) to the marriage certificate with my RUN which meant that I WAS STILL CLASSIFIED AS SINGLE according to Registro Civil.

This could have been a nightmare if my wife or I became deceased in terms of inheritance and such. The klepto government would have indeed had the last laugh in my existence here in Chile.

You can correct this by both going to the Registro Civil of your marriage with copies of your carnet and marriage certificate and each partner signing a form at no cost.

Not directly related side note: the San Antonio Registro Civil though crowded that day is not even in league to the nightmare and crowds of the one in Santiago. But it is chaotic in that no one, a guardia or employee, is directing where to go, which ticket machine to use or if you need to just stand in line over there for that particular tramite, etc. So the nepotic Boric gov. hires 94,000 new public employees at well above average salaries and they cannot place one, just one, of these jackasses in this Registro Civil to direct traffic. Has ANYONE noticed any difference in service to the public at gov agencies since these 94,000 douche bags were hired?

I guess I was lucky I renewed my ID last year in Paine. With an appointment it went smoothly.

That was in January, so before Boric was around. In May of 2023, my husband tried to reserve in Buin to renew his ID. He doesn’t have a date until October. We were downtown early one morning to go to the bank and he decided to stop in to see if they might be giving out numbers without an appointment. The place was full and pretty disorganized. I guess the only positive is that there was a guard at the gate. He was turning a lot of people away but let us in and went inside to talk to someone After about half an hour someone came out to tell us there were no numbers. He’d have to wait for his appointment. So give them a point for the guard, but a five month wait to get an ID is ridiculous!

I definitely had the same feeling, that where they need to be adding people is basic services like the Registro Civil, FONASA, etc. Instead all they do is hire more “communications consultants” at 5 million pesos a month.

Wow…thanks for that. I’m in the same boat. How did you become aware that your civil status hadn’t been updated, and is there a specific name for this tramite?

Chile, all ways surprising.

We’ve been paying for FONASA as individuals for a long while because we just never got around to asking FONASA about marriage and paying a lower price with one being under the other though with the same plan benefit (FONASA B, option to use the private system). So it was FONASA who pointed out the problem because one of the docs to do the change is a copy of the marriage certificate.

This certificate still has me without RUN number (I eventually became a Chile resident via marriage to a Chilean) and the FONASA change cannot be done as Registro Civil for all purposes still classifies me as single and not married.

You can check out if everything is or is not OK by downloading your marriage certificate. In our case, there is a marriage certificate “sin inscripción” but no option to download one “con inscripción”. I assume in around the estimated 44 days it takes to make the change in their system, there will eventually be a marriage certificate “con inscripción” to download that has my RUN number incorporated into it.

So thumbs up to the patient, friendly Santiago FONASA employee my wife talked to and this employee also said we should be reimbursed for all the extra payments but I have my doubts on that part.

No specific name for the tramite that I know of, you just take the docs described above to the proper window at RC. In San Antonio it was the “Inscripciones, Posesión Efectiva, Nacimiento, Defunción” window where we had to take a number and wait a long time as there was only 1 employee for the first two hours.

Thanks, eeuu.
Maybe I will try to ascertain my status using ChileAtiende first.
As to reimbursement, I found that they can be quite good at returning overpayments.

Update: still not entered in the system. We gave them a generous 44 working days and finally returned to ask if there is a problem. No problem, just that the original clerk’s claim of 44 days is actually 2-3 more months longer.

Again, easy way to check if the system sees your proper marriage status is if the foreigner can access the certificate of matrimonio with their RUN obtained post marriage.

Update, still not entered into the system so wife and I made under trip to the San Antonio RC last week.

The lady remembered us and actually went out of her way to try to bypass some of the bureaucracy as it is has been sitting with no movement in Santiago. And we are not the only ones waiting for this update to the system as according to her, there are people married in the 80s trying to get this tramite completed.

So heads up, anyone who got married under a passport and never went in to the RC to update the records once you received a RUN, you are very likely in the same situation as us and many others.

As my wife has an eye issue, I have started paying for her FONASA again as no one knows how long it will take to update the records.

Over 8 months later, still not completed.

Wifey visited them again today and found the lady working on it was on vacation and set to return on Monday.

According to the young worker in charge, all this process needs is one more thing, perhaps a signature to be completed upon the next visit there.

Fingers crossed.

Reread this and do verify if you are one of the unfortunate ones who need to complete this process. Month 9 coming up…

OK the saga continues. Because of life getting in the way, my wife’s next visit to the RC was postponed for about a month. But we now finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The problem is some RC idiot entered my middle name as my first apellido and my primary apellido as the second apellido in the RC system. This despite the fact that the name was written correctly in the Libro de Matrimonio. And the greatest lifesaver of all, is that I still have the passport I was married under and a copy of that and the main page of the Libro de Matrimonio is sufficient proof to force the official change in Santiasco.

As I said before, there are foreigners married to Chileans in the 80s to the present trying to resolve the same issue.

So supposedly we just wait for the change to show in the system and the head of the San Antonio RC who helped directly with this problem will call my wife when it’s done.


11 months, but done.


FONASA reimbursement

I will update as needed.