An Appointment Must Be Made in Advance to Apply for or Renew the CNIE

The DGSN announced in a press release that it will be mandatory to first visit the website “www.” for those who wish to obtain or renew their National Electronic Identity Card (CNIE).

The site, which will be available to citizens as of September 3, 2020, will allow them to make an appointment, and will aim to provide this card in the best conditions, announced the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN).

This electronic portal will allow users to obtain a precise and fixed appointment to submit their requests for obtaining and renewing the CNIE and to follow the steps of its completion. The purpose of this is to enforce the rules of social distancing and the security standards imposed by the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also prevent the overcrowding of the identity data registration centers. The DGSN also indicates that the portal in question will enable the National Security services to provide this service in appropriate and quality conditions.

In addition, as provided in Article 16 of Law No. 20.04 on the new electronic national identity card, the CNIE issued before the date of the implementation of this law will remain valid until the end of their period of validity or the modification of its data, such as the change of place of residence, recalled the DGSN.

In addition, the DGSN added that citizens with valid CIN, wishing to benefit from digital services provided by the CNIE in its new version, have the possibility to change their old card.

The Directorate General of National Security insists on the obligation to use the electronic portal to obtain a prior appointment for any application or renewal of the CNIE, taking into account certain special cases for which it is possible to make their requests immediately and directly, namely the elderly, people with chronic diseases or those with urgent medical appointments.

It is worth mentioning that one of the main new features of the new regulations is the reduction of the mandatory age for obtaining the CNIE from 18 to 16 years of age. Minors will also be able to obtain their CNIE, upon request of their legal representatives, with the obligation of renewal, for the registration of fingerprints.

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