Effortlessly Renew Your ID from Your Mobile Phone: A Step-by-Step Guide

With the convenience of obtaining a digital certificate from a mobile device, individuals no longer need to physically visit a Registry Office to obtain important documents. One such document is the national identity document, and its renewal deadline can be easily determined through the Citizen Folder app, which is essential to have on any smartphone in Spain.

The physical national identity document displays the validity date, allowing individuals to renew it in advance, up to 180 days before expiration. However, Citizen Folder provides access to all data stored by public administrations, making it a valuable tool for quick access to pending notifications or information needed for vehicle inspections. It can even be used to remind users of important renewal dates, such as driver’s licenses or the DNI.

To take advantage of Citizen Folder, users must first have the digital certificate installed on their mobile device. This can be done by downloading the app from the Google Play Store or the App Store for Apple devices. Once the app is launched, users select their desired document to certify their identity.

With Citizen Folder up and running, users can navigate to the calendar icon on the main screen to see upcoming renewal dates. The calendar not only displays the deadline for renewing the DNI, but also allows users to set notifications for these events. The app presents all necessary information in an intuitive and modern interface, making it easy to initiate the renewal process and schedule an appointment.

When it comes to actually renewing the national identity document, there is currently no app available for this purpose. Users must visit the website of the National Police to request an appointment. The website can be accessed through a specific link, though it may require zooming in to properly view the interface on mobile devices. Users can choose to access the site with their DNI/NIE data or with an electronic DNI, though the latter method requires a DNI reader. Typically, users opt for the former option.

After accessing the website, users must provide the requested information to book an appointment at a center to finalize the renewal and make the payment. The cost of renewing the national identity document is 12 euros. It is recommended to request an appointment well in advance, as waiting times can be several months.

By taking advantage of these digital tools, individuals can request the renewal of their national identity document well in advance and complete the process efficiently on the scheduled day. While there are still steps that need to be taken in person, the digitization efforts by the Spanish government are gradually making it easier for individuals to renew important documents. It is only a matter of time before the renewal process for the national identity document, and others alike, can also be done entirely online.