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While on their journey along the Camino de Santiago, pilgrims carry a credential (credencial), a document with which the pilgrim authenticates his or her progress by obtaining sellos (stamps) along the way. Sellos can be obtained at most hotels and inns, restaurants, bars, churches, museums, city halls, police stations and at all albergues.

Yes, there are a lot of words on this page. PLEASE READ ALL OF THEM CAREFULLY! Please check your entries before submitting! After your credentials are mailed, we will not replace them to correct errors that originated in the submission.

Credential coverWhen registering at an albergue, pilgrims will be asked to present their credential to verify that they are walking or cycling the Camino. In addition, upon reaching Santiago de Compostela, at the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos (Pilgrims' Welcome Office, Rúa Carretas, 33), pilgrims can present the completed credential to confirm that they have walked at least the last 100 kilometers or cycled at least the last 200 kilometers, whereupon they receive a Compostela, a document that certifies their pilgrimage.

One can obtain a pilgrim credencial from numerous sources—including from American Pilgrims via this form—before you set out on the Camino or from sites actually on the Camino. The Camino associations in a number of other countries also offer credentials. For further information see the section "Other associations providing assistance to pilgrims" on our Internet Resources page.

American Pilgrims on the Camino is pleased to provide credentials authorized by the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela. We are able to fill credential requests at no charge to individuals, families and small groups requesting up to 10 credentials total. (See the note below about requests for between 11 and 20 credentials.) Membership in American Pilgrims is not required to receive a credential but donations are of course gratefully accepted, either online when you submit your credential request or by check to the address below.

          American Pilgrims on the Camino
          120 State Avenue NE # 303
          Olympia WA 98501-1131

While credential requesters can certainly mail a donation check rather than make an online payment, the requests themselves cannot be sent through the mail. Coordination of a donation and the online request is not necessary. There are some who think they can donate to us while on the Camino. We do not have a physical presence there so donations must be be made directly to us either online or through the mail.

We require a $35 administrative fee to fill requests for 11 to 20 credentials, which is the maximum number we are able to provide. If you wish to request 11 to 20 credentials, please click HERE. NOTE: If you use the "11 to 20" form and you are requesting fewer than 11 documents, your request WILL NOT BE FILLED!

We cannot provide credentials to travel agencies or commercial tour operators.

Please allow at least one month for processing for North American addresses and five weeks for all others! We try to deliver credentials at least one month before your indicated departure date. If you would like some other arrangement, please note this in the comment field provided below. We will not use expedited delivery services, even if you offer to cover the cost.

Please take note of the following:

• Double-check your mailing address as you entered it. Errors result in delays!
• Be sure that your full credential name is the way you want it on your document.
• If you are not the primary resident at the mailing address provide a C/O name.
• We will not use expedited delivery services, even if you offer to pay for it.
You must use normal capitalization in all of your entries, i.e., not all caps and not all lower case. Correcting capitalization is a hand operation!
Please do not submit requests until within three months of your departure date.

A note about sellos: Generally speaking one sello per day is sufficient but the Pilgrims' Office in Santiago advises that all pilgrims should obtain two per day during the final 100 km if on foot or horseback or the last 200 km if on bicycle. On the francés this would be Sarria (112 km) or Ponferrada (205 km) respectively. Please note that this applies even to pilgrims who have started outside the 100 and 200 km limits. Our credentials have sufficient space for eight sellos per page. We suggest that when presenting your credential to be stamped that you guide the placement of the sello.

See our FAQs page for additional information on the credential and the compostela. If you still have questions about the credential or your request you can always contact the credential coordinator.

Finally, there may be an American Pilgrims local chapter near you! Whether you would like to join in activities with fellow Caminophiles or would like to be connected with a Camino veteran for advice, you will want to contact them. After completing your credential request click on "Local Chapters" in the menu bar.

* STARRED FIELDS ARE REQUIRED
Credential Request Form

* First Name
Middle Name * Last Name
* Mailing Address
* City
* State / Province
* ZIP / Postal Code
* Country
* E-mail

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Date of departure from address

  
This provides us a deadline for mailing your credential(s). Please do not submit requests until within three months of your departure date!

* How many credentials requested?
  
For ALL the requested credentials, including the requester, provide the information in the fields below. We will only provide a number of credentials sufficient for your time on the Camino. We suggest that, when presenting your credential for a sello, you guide the placement so as to have eight per page. At eight sellos per page, one credential should be sufficient for at least 45 days. Please DO NOT request more than allowed here!

In the fields below please enter the information for each credential as you would like it to appear on your documents.
The name in the first row must agree with that of the requester.

If you are requesting 11 to 20 credentials, please click HERE.

  First Name Middle Name Last Name Hometown State / Province Country E-mail
The name in the first row must agree with that of the requester
* Credential #1 
Credential #2 
Credential #3 
Credential #4 
Credential #5 
Credential #6 
Credential #7 
Credential #8 
Credential #9 
Credential #10 


Optional comment about credential information. For example a state or province for a country other than the U.S. or Canada. Be sure to provide the credential number.

           


* For your upcoming Camino, what will be your mode of transportation?
* Anticipated start and end locations
Start location on Camino
End location on Camino
* How many days do you expect to be traveling on the Camino?
If you are planning on taking more than 80 days, you MUST read THIS.
* American Pilgrims does not charge for its credentials but does very happily accept donations. Would you like to make a donation? See mailing information above or you can make an online payment on the page after you click SUBMIT below.
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What is your past experience on the Camino?
Comment or additional information about your upcoming Camino

All information provided will be used exclusively by and for American Pilgrims on the Camino. No personal information you provide will be used, lent or sold to any other organization whatsoever.

Review the information you have entered. If everything is correct, click the Submit button. If you have missed a required field (one with an asterisk) an error message will appear.

READ THESE POINTS:
• Please do not submit requests until within three months of your departure date.
• We process requests according to departure date, not according to submision date. If, at two weeks prior to your departure, your credential has not arrived, contact us. Please DO NOT contact us with inquiries about your request's status before that time!
• You must use normal capitalization in all of your entries, i.e., not all caps and not all lower case.

• Please return to the top of the form and check your entries before submitting! Errors cause delays and even non-delivery! After your credentials are mailed, we will not replace them to correct errors that originated in the submission.

 

Rev 05/09/17

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