The credencial or Pilgrim Passport is the all-important document you must carry to prove your pilgrim status.
It serves two principal functions:
2. You use it to document your journey by collecting stamps (sellos) from the places that you pass through. These can be from hostels, churches, cafés, town halls, tourist offices, hotels, petrol stations etc along the way. This then serves as a record of your camino and is what you present to the volunteers at Santiago Pilgrim Office to prove that you have undertaken the minimum distance to qualify you for a compostela (if you state a religious/spiritual motivation) or certificado (if you state cultural, sporting or touristic motivation). Note - if you're only walking the last 100km, you need to collect two stamps a day in your credencial.
If you know where and when you're starting, you can apply for yours now!
Confraternity of Saint James,
27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY, United Kingdom.
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7928 9988
Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered no. 4096721 — UK Registered Charity no. 1091140
Founded in 1983 to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela