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How to swap your "Green Residency" Certificate for the New TIE Photo ID Card
12 February 2021 @ 15:31

Last July, Spain introduced the TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjero) for foreign residents, a biometric credit card-sized photo ID that replaces the previously issued green EU residency A4 certificate or the small green residency card.

However, it's important to remember that for UK citizens who have already been registered as residents in Spain and are in possession of either of the green residency documents, the TIE card is of course optional.

That’s because both of these ‘residencia’ documents - whether temporary (less than 5 years of residence) or permanent (more than 5 years) - already guarantee British residents rights in Spain under the Withdrawal Agreement. That said, it is certainly an advantage to get one. Up until now those with only the green A4 sheet had no way of proving their identity legally without carrying their passport -  a Spanish driving license, although in most cases suffices, it is not a legal form of identification. So basically, we now have a legal ID card available meaning we can leave our passports at home once and for all. So what's not to like about it?

How do UK citizens who are already registered in Spain apply for a TIE and thus swap their Green A4 certificate for a photo ID card?

I have put together this document to show the steps you need to go through. It is shown with Valencia as an example, as I am based here, but it will work for any city in Spain. The procedure is the same. Just click on the link and download the document.

 

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Stinkey said:
13 February 2021 @ 08:24

And wait and wait and still waiting, applied for residency before the first lockdown and no joy yet?


eos_ian said:
13 February 2021 @ 09:16

You applied for residency? Or just to swap your papers for the TIE?


Diddy di said:
13 February 2021 @ 09:42

I waited to let the people who have not got residencia and started looking for an appointment in December none available rediculus
We cannot get appointments in Alicante




Diddy di said:
13 February 2021 @ 09:49

If just to swap why cannot local police do it like for nationals
I have lived in Spain for years and had the original photo and finger print id which I never wanted to swap for the green
So surely it can be done locally Spanish change their addresses on there cards locally


Simon. said:
15 February 2021 @ 17:48

Well l too had a slight problem.
I did go to the offices of National police admin in Catalunya and the lady simply said that if l were to wait until l retire, then it would be easier.
Mmm, not quite right.. One has to prove your pension into the bank and a certain amount..you also have to prove 3 months of proof that it enters the bank. Also getting your S1form sorted..that is from the UK
Old Health card not valid after the 31st Dec.
If you reside in Spain, so the S1 takes over.
I retired in September last year, which left it very fine ie, time to conclude it...
I managed to get an appointment on the 30th December...with all relevant paperwork associated..for immigration.
They were brilliant....l also managed to record to change my driving license with just 20 minutes to spare...again when through...brilliant.
I have since that time, recieved my new permission to have a TIE card.
I have concluded that too and just awaiting it to be collected from the police.. then change licence..
All in all a nightmare...in a way...but all done in 2 weeks...then..a waiting game...
But if you do not understand the system then you need help....and it is available, but one has to search.
The most helpful were 'AgeinSpain' but one needs to work at it...even today l have contacted them regarding clearing up some 'not clear points'
So it can be done by yourselves..good luck
Simon


Jan said:
20 February 2021 @ 22:07

The instructions saying tax form 720. Is not a tax. It is a payment. I understand that the the Spanish use the word Tasa. It is not the correct translation.
Can that please be corrected?
A comment on the comments about waiting time, according to the Brits in Spain on Facebook, run by the British Embassy in Madrid. You have to be parent. Look at the videos on the page. You do not have to be a member of FaceBook to see them


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