To qualify for the Compostela, pilgrims must walk at least the last 100km into Santiago. The distance required for horseriders is 100 km and cyclists 200 km. Pilgrims should remember to obtain 2 stamps per day in their credencial or pilgrim record over the final 100/200 km distance.

A certificado is available for those who arrive at Santiago as pilgrims, but not meeting the Cathedral's requirements for the compostela i.e. pilgrims without religious or spiritual motivation.

In addition to the Compostela or certificado, the pilgrim office in Santiago now also issues an additional Certificate of Distance to those pilgrims who would like this. It costs 3€ and records the route which the pilgrim walked, the starting point, the amount of kilometres and the date of arrival in Santiago.