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Old Aug 3rd 2016, 1:55 pm
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Hi All, When we first came to Spain residencia was on a green card. When we applied it had changed to an A4 size green paper. Which is a pain! Friends of ours have just got their resi. and is now on a small card again. Is it possible to have ours changed to the small version?
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Old Aug 3rd 2016, 3:22 pm
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Yes, but you will have to pay again, assuming your local Policia Nacional issue plastic ones. Since it is essentially a useless piece of paper and no good for ID, just photo reduce it and get it plastic covered.

If you are ever stopped, all you need is your NIE number and the police can check all your details online.

I got a speeding ticket a few weeks ago and had no ID at all (it was in another car). I gave the police my NIE number which was on the police app on my phone and that was accepted. The receipt had all my details printed on it.
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Yes, but you will have to pay again, assuming your local Policia Nacional issue plastic ones. Since it is essentially a useless piece of paper and no good for ID, just photo reduce it and get it plastic covered.
They do tell you, though, that this is NOT allowed!
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If you have to use it for some "official" purpose, then that is probably true.

I carry a photocopy (smaller than the original A4 sheet)) that has been certified as a true copy by the town hall. I have a copy of my passport and driving licence on the same piece of A4 paper, also certified (compuldaso) at the same time. To be valid the copy must be the original copy with the original certification stamp on it. Photo reducing or plastifying the official copy is not permitted.
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Living in the Canary Isles for 15+ years, apart from boarding ferries and planes, I have never been asked for identification.
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Old Aug 3rd 2016, 5:21 pm
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Fred - please explain 'I gave the police my NIE number which was on the police app on my phone and that was accepted. '

What is police app?
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It's an app for a smartphone.

https://alertcops.ses.mir.es/mialert...nfo/info.xhtml

It enables you to call the police to various situations that need their presence - a sort of online instant denuncio.

Of course, to use it, you need to have registered all your personal details with them.
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Do non-EU residents still get photo-ID cards? That might be the first possible benefit I've seen to Brexit.
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They do, as do non EU family members of EU citizens.
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Old Aug 4th 2016, 6:59 am
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Fred thanks this app looks brilliant. I have never heard of it before - I understand smart phone apps - but just to check - is it available to work in any province? Why has it never been better publicised?
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Yes, it is pretty good and it is also available in English.

As far as I am aware, it is usable countrywide.
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OK great thanks I will mention it in the magazine I write for..........
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Re residencia card, We just got ours and it is a pathetic little paper thing. We were told not to laminate it as this will be deemed to be changing it and it will not be accepted. When I was stopped by traffico for a spot check, they did not even want to see my passport, just my NIE which was enought to get an OK from them. All they seemed bothered about was, "who would we go to Almeria for a holiday?"

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When we got our 'pathetic little paper things' we asked about laminating it & was told no but take a copy & laminate that, no mention of getting it authorised, but that does sound a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Fred James
It's an app for a smartphone.

https://alertcops.ses.mir.es/mialert...nfo/info.xhtml

It enables you to call the police to various situations that need their presence - a sort of online instant denuncio.

Of course, to use it, you need to have registered all your personal details with them.
There is a similar App : S.O.S Emergencias
for the Fire Brigade in the Malaga , Costa del Sol area. When installed you can contact them directly and it tracks your location to get them there quicker.
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