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How to obtain a Maltese Identity card in Malta

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Naturally, the climate is one of the major advantages for moving to Malta, especially for those coming from the colder Northern European countries. It is especially popular with retiree’s whom spend six months of the year in their home countries and six months during their harsher winter months in Malta. Malta is relatively crime free, offers an outdoor lifestyle and generally is more affordable in contrast to its Northern European neighbours.

Over the years, tourism has naturally been the biggest source of income for Malta but gradually the financial services industry has developed a strong reputation and thus offers several employment opportunities for the Maltese and foreigners seeking to relocate to Malta. Malta has an attractive tax system which in general is beneficial for those seeking to set up business in Malta and offers several tax efficient residency programmes.

As an expat planning to move to Malta, one of the first things you should look to obtain is a Maltese Identification card (Maltese ID card) , which is issued by the Maltese Government after submission of the relevant application form dependant on your circumstances. The second stage is to ensure you have the relevant documents with you to support your Maltese Identification application.

Below you can find useful information to help you with regards to obtaining a Maltese ID card.

How to obtain a Maltese ID card?

One can acquire a Maltese ID card if all requirements are met when applying for the identity card. There are several application processes and forms dependent on whether you are originally from the EU or from outside the EU.  

What are the benefits of having a Maltese ID card?

  • bus fare discounts  
  • ability to open a bank account  
  • ability of applying for property leasing and insurance
  • utility bills are cheaper

Where to apply for the Maltese ID card?

Visit Evans Building at St. Elmo Place in Valletta, across from Fort St. Elmo, on the perimeter road of the city.

What are the opening hours?

Monday to Friday: 07:30 to 14:00

Wednesday: 07:30 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00

Saturday: 07:30 to 11:00am.

What is the process of applying for the Maltese ID card?

The old process of application was simple, you just needed to take your passport to the Electoral Commission office, you completed the application form after which your photograph was captured and you wait for your confirmation letter. Once in receipt of the confirmation letter you then went to pick up your card from the old collection office. This whole process has changed, with the introduction of the new e-Residence card in January 2013. This card is often obtained from the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs. The application is available for both EU and non-EU citizens.

The department is open for EU nationals only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. While nationals of other countries from outside the EU, can visit the department on Fridays for their application. Once the card has been issued by the department, it requires updating every five years. These new e-Residence permits replace both the paper residence permit and the Malta ID card. The major difference between the e-Residence permit and the old Malta ID card is that your biometrics are captured during the registration process.

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