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Permit to sign contracts (PEFC- Permiso especial para firmar contratos) in Peru

Permit to sign contracts (PEFC- Permiso especial para firmar contratos) in Peru

Tourists need a special authorization to sign legally binding documents

Foreign visitors, who entered Peru as tourists or temporary visa holders such as temporary students, have to apply for a special permit called “Permiso especial para firmar contratos (PEFC)” at the Peruvian immigration office Migraciones when they need to sign legally binding documents before private and public entities (such as work contract, sworn statements, rental contract, car purchase, marriage license, apartment purchase, ….).

While for years this had to be done in person at any Migraciones office in Peru, in January 2018 the application process was simplified and now can be easily done online. Be aware that the permit can only be applied for when on a valid temporary visa /authorization to enter as a tourist in the country.


To apply for the permit, first pay the fee of S/ 15.80 for the Migraciones administrative procedure "Permiso especial para suscribir documentos" under code 07562 at any Banco de la Nacion branch / ATM or on pagalo.pe.

You can find detailed explanations about how to pay, what you have to do and be aware of, how to register on the online payment platform and how to find the correct fee you have to pay, in our article "Paying administration charges and processing fees in Peru".

Then open the Migraciones Agencia Virtual. Choose "Extranjero" and enter the data requested. Enter your personal data exactly as in your passport. On the next page you find under "permisos" the point "para firmar contratos". Then follow the steps as indicated (have the receipt from the bank on hand as you have to enter some data from it - if you don't know where to find the requested numbers on your receipt, click on the question mark) and you are ready. Download the document with the administration procedure number (tramite no.) and date of application and / or print it and keep it safe.

The special permit to sign contracts is valid for a maximum of 30 days.

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    Jose · 07/07/2022

    Im in Peru on a tourist visa with the hopes of working temporarily (2-3 months) in Lima. 

    I read that I need to apply for the permit to sign work contracts. Is that all I would need to do in order work temporarily in Peru or is there a longer process? Would I need to apply for a temporary work visa?

    Appreciate the help, the process can be overwhelming
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      • LimaEasy
      · 07/07/2022
      @Jose Hello Jose,

      As I already answered your other comments (see my reply to your comment on our work visa and paying administrative charges article) in detail, here only in short:

      - You are not allowed to work for a Peruvian company and receive any kind a renumeration when you are in Peru as a tourist! To legally work in Peru as a foreigner you need a temporary or resident works visa, a permit to work (only available for students), or another resident visa allowing work.

      - If you want to sign a work contract, first you have to apply for the Permit to sign contracts (see this article for more details).

      - The work contract must be approved by the Peruvian Labor Ministry (see my reply to your comment on the work visa article)

      - Other documents are needed for the temporal work visa application (see my reply to your comment on the work visa article)

      - Preparation of all documents might take a few weeks, the processing time of your visa at least a few weeks up to many months (see my reply to your comment on the work visa article)

      Considering the time necessary to prepare all needed documents, apply for the temporary work visa and then get it approved, and the time you want to work (only two or three months) in Peru, it’s not worth the effort.

      In my personal opinion, you even might have a hard time getting everything together before your tourist visa expires, and this has to be still valid to be able to apply for the temporary work visa.



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