|Good for another two years
||[ Sunday, 11 Oct 09 | 15:26 ]
Last year I became a legal resident of Spain. This year I needed to renew my permiso de residencia. So forty days before my arrival day, July 17, I submitted paperwork to the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación, which handles the renovación of my residency permit. I waited two months until I received a letter approving my application. In the approval letter it stated that I needed to go to the Comisaría de Policía in beautiful Badalona. But only after my identity card had expired. No problem, I received the approval letter more than a month after my ID card expired. I wasn't really worried since I never had anyone look at the expiration date. The ID card is important as you need to show it whenever you use a credit/debit card and I don't want to haul around my passport.
So back in August I went to the Comisaría de Policía in Badalona. When it was my turn, Ruben had already arrived and joined me in talking to the agent. This time the agent was a bearded man with a t-shirt, shorts and sandals‚ not much different than my own attire. He looked over my paperwork and everything was in order. This being Spain, we chatted a bit. I only had to wait a month and pay another fee in order to get a new ID card. So a few weeks ago I picked it up. And here it is.
Tarjeta de extranjero