Change of Address, Argentine Style

January 29th, 2008 Posted in business, day to day

Written by Jamie

As mentioned here, a DNI is the national identification card of Argentina. It is also, pretty much, the key to receiving a lot of benefits, from lower priced airfare to tax advantages, and much more. We decided it was time to officially change our address, “cambio el domicilio”, to Bariloche.

First, we had to go to the police with a copy of a utility bill (gas, electric, etc) and our DNI’s. They issued us a “certificado de domicilio”, certificate of residence. We then took this paper to the Registro Civil and waited an hour in line. We were given a reciept and a number. We then went to the cashier to pay the 8 peso fee, then waited another hour and 35 minutes until our number was called. Two and a half hours later, we showed the clerk the certificate, they ask us our last level of education and what our job was, wrote in our new address and stamped it. All and all, 20 minutes at the police staiton, and 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Registro Civil.

Patience truly is a virtue here in Argentina!

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