How to apply for a duplicate of the residency card due to stealing or loss
If you have lost your residency card or someone has stolen it, you should apply for a duplicate of the residency card
It is common to find foreigners that, while being in Spain, have lost their residency card for a distraction, a stealing or any other reason.
Application of the duplicate of the residency card due to stealing or loss
In cases like that, it is possible to apply for a duplicate of the ‘TIE’ (for ‘Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero’ or Foreigner Identification Card) at the Police Station or Foreigner Office of our city, alleging reasons of loss, steal or deterioration of the residency card.
In case of loss or stealing of the residency card, it will be obligatory to bring the denunciation for this reasons at the Policía Nacional o Guardia Civil. Otherwise, it will not be possible to get a new card.
Besides, we have to take into account that, in order to obtain a duplicate of the residency card, it is necessary to have the passport in vigour. So, if we also have lost our passport, we should get first a new one at the Consulate of our country in Spain and then, head for the Immigration Office (‘Extranjería’)
If we lose this card while being abroad (out of Spain), the problem worsens because consulates in Spain doesn’t process this type of procedures.
In this case, we should get an specific kind of visa to return to Spain and then set a date for the obtaining of a new card. This type of visa has a different procedure than the rest of visas and can be delayed for months.
If you are in this situation already or you are about to start the procedure and want to prepare your application properly, you can contact us and in the consultation we can study your case.