Exchanging your Green Residency Document or your ‘Resolución de Concesión’ for a TIE card in Spain

If you are a UK National holding the so called ‘Green Card’ or A4 format green certificate of residency (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión), or if your application for residency has been successful, you are able to ask for the new TIE (Tarjeta de identidad de extranjero). To do so, the first thing you need is to make an appointment with the National Police in your province. Asociación Babelia has developed the following unofficial tutorial to guide you through the process and inform you of the documents you need to provide on the day of your appointment.

Please note that due to the high level of demand for this service, it may take several attempts to obtain an appointment.

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Step-by-step guide to booking an appointment with the police

Access the process at: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus and select your province on the drop-down list, then click on ‘Aceptar

Seleccionar provincia de residencia

At present, there are two options:



  • Select the second option : ´TRÁMITES CUERPO NACIONAL DE POLICÍA’.
  • Then click on ‘Aceptar

Please note that the options on the drop-down list may differ according to the chosen province. The one we used for this example is Alicante.

Seleccionar procedimiento

On the next step, click on ‘Entrar

Seleccionar Entrar

Now it is time to introduce your NIE number and your full name before clicking on ‘Aceptar

Select the first option if you need to make an appointment, the second one to see if you have any appointment already booked and the third one to cancel an appointment.

Solicitar cita para la tarjeta de residencia

If there are more than one police station processing TIE cards in your province, select the appropriate one according to your place of residency on the drop-down list.

Seleccionar comisaría de policía

On the next screen, introduce your phone number and email address (twice).

Then select the date and time and click on ‘Siguiente‘.

Seleccionar fecha y hora de la cita

Immediately after the confirmation, you will receive an SMS with a code that you will need to introduce on the next screen.

Select the two small boxes below the Code (‘Código‘) to confirm again and to indicate that you want to receive the appointment to your email.

Then scroll down and click on ‘CONFIRMAR‘.

Confirmar código

Confirmar cita

Finaly, the following screen will show you the details of your appointment. Write down and save the number of your appointment (‘Nº de justificante de la cita‘) and then click on ‘Imprimir‘ below.

Confirmar la cita e imprimir

For the appointment, you will need to take the following documents:

* Receipt of payment of the fee 790 code 012. Click here for instructions on how to complete and pay this fee.

* Form EX 23, available at: https://extranjeros.inclusion.gob.es/ficheros/Modelos_solicitudes/mod_solicitudes2/23-Formulario_TIE_RU.pdf

* Passport and photocopy of the identification page.

* A recent photo (not more than a couple of months old), Spanish ‘DNI’ size.

* Certificate of empadronamiento (Padrón).

* Your ‘Green residency document’ or ‘Resolución de Concesión’ of residency.

For children, in addition to these documents, the police may ask you to provide the following as well:

* Original and copy of the complete version of the Birth certificate or libro de familia if born in Spain.

* If it is the case, the adoption order, legalized and translated by a sworn translator.

* Parents passports and copies of the identification pages.

* Originals and copies of parents TIE cards or Green residency document.

* Empadronamiento colectivo.