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It is a unitary, constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments.
Independence from Spain was won in 1819, but by 1830 the "Gran Colombia" Federation was dissolved.
They will usually hand you a paper stamped or certified by them saying that there is NO RECORD OF CURRENT MARRIAGE of you in that county's records.
This is called a "No Record of Current Marriage" in that county and is usually sufficient for the Colombian Notary as a government document equal to a Certificate of Singlehood.
Technically, the Notary may want a Limited Power of Attorney signed by the U. gentleman groom before processing the papers, but this can usually also be signed by the gentlemen shortly before the wedding. Colombian Passport* (copy notarized) of bride and children (*CLARIFICATION: Although this document is not technically required for a Colombian Lady or U. Citizen to accomplish a civil or Church marriage, it is recommended that the bride and any children secure a Colombian passport as part of or immediately following the marriage process since most married couples want to secure a U. visa on conclusion of marriage as expeditously as possible and a Colombian passport is a pre-requisite to the issuance of such a visa by the U. Technically, under Colombian Emigration rules and the Colombian "right of paternity", the father of the children can legally deny permission for the children to leave the country, especially if (though not necessarily only when) the children still carry the father's name. (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad) at any Colombian airport with arriving international flights.
To ensure that children of your bride will be allowed exit from Colombia, a written, signed, dated is required by Colombian DAS (Administrative Department of Security). FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC, SEE: family lawyer in bogota: 1.