Jim's Guide - Transfer from residency certificate to TIE - EX-23

Published: 10 July 2020

Jim's Guide - Transfer from residency certificate to TIE - EX-23


Although it's entirely voluntary at the moment, it is now possible for holders of residency certificates to apply for a TIE residencia card. The advantages of this card are that it bears your fingerprint and photograph, it's durable plastic, it fits in your wallet along with your other cards, and it can be used as proof of identity.

Whilst it is a voluntary procedure, and will remain so until the end of the Brexit transition period, my opinion is that you should remember the problems regarding obtaining an appointment under the old procedure, where the system became so overloaded that getting an appointment was at times impossible. For that reason, I suggest that it will probably be easier to make the application whilst the procedure is still voluntary and - at the time of writing this - appointments are readily available.


For completion instructions of the application form and payment form, look at my guide 'Jim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 2 - Practice'.

1). Residency certificate - original:

If this has been lost or stolen, you need to produce a denuncia to this effect from the Guardia Civil.

You don't need to take a copy.

2). Completed application form EX-23:



Again, you don't need to take a copy.

3). Passport:

It will probably take a few weeks before your TIE is available for collection, and your passport needs to be valid when you collect the TIE, so don't apply if your passport is close to expiry.

I informed the lady who attended to me that my passport number had changed, and offered the old one that was used to obtain the residency certificate, but she didn't even look at it.

Although it's not mentioned in the procedure, you need to provide a copy. I slipped up by taking a copy of just the single page with my details and photo, but the copy needs to include the facing page as well.

If you turn left out of the police station, then left again, there's a petrol station with a photo booth outside and a photocopier inside. Stick 20 cents in the box on the wall and make your copy. Go back to the person who attended to you and make sure you are noticed. You will be attended to as soon as that person is free.

Incidentally, there were a number of Brits at the photo booth getting their photos. I did wonder why anyone applying for a TIE bearing their photo didn't think to take a photo.

4). Proof of payment, on Modelo 790 Código 012:

The Tasa to select is 'Certificado de registro de residente comunitario o Tarjeta de residencia de familiar de un ciudadano de la Unión', and the fee is €12.

5). Photograph:

Passport style, 32 x 26 mm. Only one required.

6). Padrón?:

Unless you've changed your address recently, you don't need this, but there's a comma missing in the instructions which leaves the requirement open to interpretation. To be safe, you could take an original and copy of a padrón less than three months old, but I wasn't asked for one.

7). Appointment:

Online appointments are only available at Alicante. A slight change to the procedure is that you are sent a code by SMS, which you have to enter in order to confirm the appointment.


Whether or not other police stations will transact applications is as yet unknown.

I suggest that, if you have the option, you choose an early appointment. That way there shouldn't be much of a backlog, parking should be easy, and you won't have to stand outside in the midday heat.


Calle Ebanisteria, 4

I went up the A7, past the junction for the airport, and off at the junction for Alicante port and the A31. You have to turn right for Alicante in the slip road - if you go straight on, you'll end up in Madrid.

Near the end of the motorway, you'll see Tien 21 on the left - the police station is beside that.

Get in the middle or left-hand lane before you enter the roundabout with the fancy structure on it, and watch out for the traffic lights at the roundabout. It's a busy roundabout, and it would be easy to take the wrong exit, so I suggest you use Google Street View to go round the roundabout and familiarise yourself with what to expect.

Once you're on the road, after a few metres, there's a car park on the right. That's an ideal spot to park if there are spaces, because on-road parking isn't easy, and you might end up some distance away. Allow for parking problems by going early. The car park is ideal, because when you leave it you can get straight back on the road you came in on.

Walking from the car park, don't be misled when you see a building with number 4 on it - that part of the street has a different name. Walk a bit further, crossing a side street (with a bar on the corner - handy if you want a drink while you're waiting, plus you can avail yourself of the toilet facilities). The police station is the one with the flags on it.


At the moment, you have to wait outside until someone comes out with a list. Tell that person your name and appointment time, or show your cita previa, and you will be allowed in.

Go through security - it's unlikely anything will be scanned unless you're carrying a bag full of stuff. All I did was put my mobile and car key in a tray. I asked if I needed to put coins in as well, but was told I didn't need to. Step through the scanner and pick up your bits and pieces.

Then look left and back a bit. In the far corner there's a white machine. Tap cita on the screen, enter your NIE number, and it will spit out a turno with a number on it.

Go into the waiting room and look at the monitor. I didn't move fast enough, and when I got in the waiting room I had a moment's view of my number already on the screen, telling me which Sala and desk to go to.

It seems that all Brits are being dealt with in Sala 3, which is on the left at the back of the waiting room.

I smiled nicely, said good day, apologised for my Spanish, and then sat down.

I passed over the documents one at a time.

I have the old A4 residency certificate, which I'd laminated, but that didn't prove a problem.

Having assured herself that everything was in order, my photo was then attached to a piece of card, which I then had to sign. I assume this creates the talón photograph which is used by several authorities.

Next was fingerprints. I had to press my right index finger on the scanner and hold it in place until I got the nod. Then I had to press it on again, but this time rock it from side to side. That was repeated with my left index finger, then the whole process was repeated again.

My residency certificate and passport were returned to me, along with a reguardo - receipt.

I was pleased to note that, although I never applied for a residency certificate with the word PERMANENTE on it, the resguardo says that the TIE will be PERMANENTE, and thus valid for ten years.


In three weeks time (unless my application is refused for some reason) I can go and collect my TIE, but I will have to go to another national police foreigners office, this time at Calle Campo de Mirra 6 in Alicante. On looking at Google Maps, there's a large car park right beside it, which should be useful.

Calle Campo de Mirra 6

I will need to take residency certificate, passport and resguardo.

An appointment isn't needed.

They are open 9.00 - 14.00 Monday to Friday.

Unfortunately I've been unable to find any way of monitoring the progress of my application.

As regards collecting the TIE, I can't better what Ray has said, so look here:

I recommend that you don't go on a Thursday, as the car park then becomes a market, and the entrance by Aldi will probably be barriered off.

Once you've got your TIE, I suggest you treat yourself to an alcoholic beverage before you start showing it off to your friends.


There is a useful PDF of FAQs on the La Moncloa website. This is well worth reading, as it should clarify any doubts or answer any queries that you have. Thank you to RayD for suggesting that I include the link.

La Moncloa FAQs for Brits