Spain Explained

How to obtain your TIE card in Spain

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.

More information

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 or by telephone at 0034 966 703 748.

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25 August, 2020 9:27 am

Hello, are you saying that even those foreigners who are not British and who have one of those green residency cards need to change theirs into this TIE? The beginning of your article sounds like that.

Oscar Paoli

26 August, 2020 8:27 am

It is not mandatory, nevertheless you have the option to do so and could be beneficial in the future.
With kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers

Hilary Anne Lightfoot

31 August, 2020 6:44 pm

please can you help us with the TIE card can we get help from you as we are not sure where to get form and where the place is to get card we heed phone number we only speak English we would be happy to do it with you we have our residency by green form hope to hear from Hilary Lightfoot

Oscar Paoli

1 September, 2020 3:36 pm

Hi Hilary,

We would recommend you to speak with our relocation adviser collaborator David Ruiz. He will go through everything with you, timing, documentation and costs. If you wish to contact him directly please send him an email at

With kind regards,

Ábaco Advisers


1 September, 2020 6:28 pm

Many thanks for your help & commments. G.H. ELIOTT.

Oscar Paoli

8 September, 2020 8:35 am

Hi Elliott,

Depending on if she was in Spain for the full 183 days during the year 2019, if this is the case she will be Tax Resident in 2020, if she has not been the 183 days then she will be Tax residents as of 2021.

With kind regards,

Ábaco Advisers

Snr. D Tomlinson

1 October, 2020 11:24 am

The payment form is 790/012

Oscar Paoli

1 October, 2020 4:06 pm

Thank you for your correction, we have now made the change.
Best regards,
Ábaco Advisers

Elizabeth Sharon Rippon

4 November, 2020 6:04 pm

Can you answer this question for me. We have a pardon which is under 5 years old. We were told that this is classed as valid provided it still has the current address as the same as it was issued. Our green residency still has our same address. We have been living in the same property for 13 years. . We are thinking of getting our TIE cards as soon as possible.
Many thanks

Oscar Paoli

5 November, 2020 9:16 am

Hi Elizabeth,
Could you please clarify your query?
Kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers

Sharon Vydra

13 January, 2021 12:58 pm

I have been to the police station in Estepona and now I must collect my TIE card but cannot find anywhere to make an appointment. Please help

Oscar Paoli

14 January, 2021 4:15 pm

Hi Sharon,

The closest office to you according to the authorities website is the following:

Calle Valle Inclan S/N – 29680, Estepona (Málaga)

Phone number: 0034 952798530

With kind regards,

Ábaco Advisers