The Credential is one of the most important distinctions of the Way of Saint James. It symbolizes the passport of the pilgrim and accredits it as such. It is the proof that you have done a minimum of 100 kilometres of the Way of Saint James on foot or 200 kilometres if you are cycling.
You can obtain your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in Santiago de Compostela
What’s the Credential for?
Its operation is very simple: You must fill in the first page with your personal details and place stamps throughout the stages. You will need a minimum of two stamps per day. We also recommend that you include your telephone number in case you lose or misplace it.
Where to stamp the Credential?
A very common practice among pilgrims is to collect all the stamps from the places they pass through as a souvenir. But the truth is that you will only need two a day. You can find stamps in many different places, such as churches, town halls, monuments, museums, bars, restaurants, accommodation, shops… each one has its own stamp and you only have to ask for it.
Where to get it?
You can get the Credential if you go in person to the Pilgrim’s Reception Office or in one of the many Jacobean associations authorized by the Cathedral to distribute them, such as parishes or Confraternities of the Apostle Santiago. You can also get them at the different hostels and accommodations you will find along the route.
We remind you that if you have already booked your Camino de Santiago with us you will not have to worry about getting it, as we will send it directly to your home when you make your booking.
History of the Credential
In the Middle Ages the Pilgrim’s Credential was used as a pass. Wars, the plague, crime and other problems made the roads unsafe. The authorities decided to issue this document so that pilgrims could travel safely on the Jacobean routes, a task that was also carried out by the Knights of the Order of the Temple.
Countries such as England also issued specific permits that guaranteed the safety of the walkers because of their status as pilgrims; some took advantage of this status to carry out commercial exchanges.