As the transition period draws to a close details have been released by the Spanish government of the new identity card to validate residency for those UK nationals who live in Spain. In this article we explain what the TIE card in Spain is and what you need to do to obtain one if you are already a resident.
The TIE card in Spain is the new photo ID card that replaces the old green residency certificate or card. It is not essential at this point in time that you exchange your original residency document. However, many people are doing so as the new card can also be used as a form of ID which removes the requirement to carry your passport.
It might also be seen as advantageous to be up-to-date with the latest Spanish documentation as you cannot be sure how requirements will change in the future.
There are two types of TIE cards in Spain. For those people who have had a residency certificate for more than 5 years they will receive a TIE of 10 years duration. For those who have residency for less than five years, it must be renewed every 5 years.
How to replace your green residency document for the TIE card in Spain
The first stage in obtaining your TIE is to make an appointment online in the foreigners’ office where you live. You can do this using this link:
Here you will have a series of papers to sign whilst they check your documentation. You are given a receipt to show that you have applied and this includes a phone number that you can call after 3 to 4 weeks when you will be told if your TIE is ready for collection.
Once you have confirmation that your new card can be collected then you must go to the offices of Extranjería at the following address Calle Campo de Mirra, 6, in Alicante by appointment to hand in the original residency document and to collect your new TIE card.
The documents you need to present
You will need to bring to your appointment the following documents:
- A ‘tasa’ or proof of payment of the 12€ charge for the process – for this you need form EX23 and Tasa 790/012
- Original passport + copy
- Original residency document + copy
- Recent and valid padrón + copy
- Photo ID
People are already successfully applying for their TIE card and although there may be some holdups in access to supporting documentation e.g. the padron, the actual offices for the TIE seem to be functioning smoothly.
You can obtain more information from the official state bulletin:
If you are interested to know more about the Ábaco Advisers TIE application service, in conjunction with the re-location expert David Ruiz, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 0034 966 703 748.