D.N.I. stands for Documento Nacional de Identidad, i.e. National Identity Document. If you're going to be in Argentina for any length of time you'll soon realise that life is much, much easier with a D.N.I. You'll be asked for it on loads of occasions, such as:
If you're eligible to receive a D.N.I., then this article at clickargentina.com will guide you through the steps to take in order to get one. Luckily the process is generally much easier than that of Getting permanent residence.
NOTE: The following information is for people living in the Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. If you're living elsewhere in Argentina then you should contact your local Registro Civil.
1. Gather your documents
You'll need the following documents in order to apply for a D.N.I.:
2. Make a photocopy of everything
Though photocopies may not be required when applying for a D.N.I., government offices in Argentina are notorious for requesting photocopies of just about everything, so it's better to have them ready just in case.
3. Go to the central D.N.I. office
Argentinians can request a D.N.I. from several offices throughout the city but foreigners are required to apply from the central office of the Registro Nacional de las Personas (located at 25 de mayo 155).
Be sure to go along early - initial applications are normally only accepted in the morning and as with other trámites in Argentina there can be long queues and limits on the number or applications accepted per day.
4. Join the queues
Unless things have since changed, the process at the D.N.I. office goes something like this (it took me 5 hours!):
5. Go back to the D.N.I. office
Once 3 to 4 months have passed, go back to the Registro Nacional de las Personas in the afternoon along with the piece of paper they gave you with your application number on it.
For up-to-date information (in Spanish) visit the Ministerio del Interior website and their Instructivo de Trámites para Ciudadanos Extranjeros.
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