Councils demand ‘residencia’ office in Vera

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Local mayors agree an ID office is needed in the east of the province

By David Jackson

More than 20 local councils have issued a joint call for a centre for resident and national identification documents (Udeye) be established in Vera.

Udeye centres, run by the National Police, are in charge of issuing identification documents.

Local councils say that the opening of the centre would benefit more than 150,000 Spaniards and foreigners who currently have to travel to Almería city to renew their ID papers. Although Spanish nationals can use roaming police vans which visit towns once a year to renew their DNI cards, this service is not available for foreigners who wish to regularise their residency status or obtain NIE numbers.

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