Residence Permit Process: Getting your national ID card

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Croatia national ID card
Croatia national ID card

After submitting all of the paperwork for a Croatian visa and attending your interview with the police, there are still a few more steps before receiving visa.

Once all of your documents are evaluated by the police case worker, the police will contact you to let you know whether or not your application has been approved. However, don’t hang your hat on getting a call. You may want to periodically follow up in person to check the status.

Upon approval, return to the police station where the application was submitted. At this time, you’ll be asked to provide a passport photo and pay the application fee.

Providing your passport photo

The passport photo must be 3 x 3.5 cm. As the standard passport photo sizes and standards vary by country, it is possible that photos brought with you from another country will not work. If you are unsure of the size, there is typically a photo shop near each main police station that will take your picture and provide photos that meet the guidelines for Croatia. For a package of passport photos, the cost ranges from 50 to 100 kuna.

Paying the visa application fee

The application fee will also vary depending on the type of application you have submitted and your nationality. The fee should have been presented to you at the very beginning of your application process as it is stated on the requirements document the police provides.

To make the payment, you’ll be given a payment slip (one per person) that you’ll take to a bank to pay. After payment, provide the green carbon copy of the payment slip to the police as proof. They will NOT accept the bank payment print out (with the bank logo). It must be the carbon of the original slip the police gave you.

Fingerprints

Next, they will get your finger prints. Using an electronic pad, you’ll provide finger prints for your pointer fingers on each hand only.

More waiting

Croatia National ID Visa Request Card
Croatia National ID Visa Request Card

After providing your payment receipt, passport photo and finger prints, your ID card still needs to be prepared. Usually it takes a standard 3 weeks. You’ll be given a card (pictured above) that will allow you to pick up your visa once it is ready. Keep this card in an extremely safe place until you pick up your identification card.

Lastly, pick up your national ID then celebrate the end to your long, exhausting, traumatic bureaucratic experience with the largest glass of rakija known to man. Until such time that you have to do it all over again…

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27 thoughts on “Residence Permit Process: Getting your national ID card

  1. celeny
    June 10, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

    Hi Sara, 

     

    My husband is Croatian and I want to go get my ID card from Rijeka this August. Is it possible to do some of the processes via online prior to my arrival there?

     

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    • Sara Expat in Croatia
      June 11, 2016 @ 9:42 am

      Hi Celeny,

      You cannot do it online. It must be done in person at a Policija station with an immigration department. You may be able to get the process started at an embassy (not a consulate) in your home country.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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      • Mona Tupangiu
        April 22, 2017 @ 2:16 pm

        Hi Sara, 

        I'm planing to get a temporary visa for Croatia, where I live with my fiancee.

        One of the required criteria is a blank account statement with enough money for living, however they thid not specify how much exactly I nedd .

        Please let me know if you have any information about this 

         

         

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        • Sara Expat in Croatia
          May 4, 2017 @ 9:38 am

          Hi Mona,

          Thanks for reaching out! The policija will normally tell you how much you need to have on account. I’ve heard them ask for as much as 27,000kuna and as little as 2,000kuna. It all depends on your situation. However, they typically ask for more if it is your first visa, so be prepared for that.

          Cheers,

          Sara

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        • VO MAI HUONG
          October 14, 2019 @ 6:14 pm

          Hi. I’m Vietnamese. I want to migrate to Croatia. Any immigration programs by government please?
          Thank you so much

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      • edi
        May 22, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

        can you go in another state with dozvola boravka like a tourist for exempale in italy or slovenia ?

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        • Expat in Croatia
          May 29, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

          Hi Edi,

          Thank you for the question! Your residence permit does not give you extra benefits when traveling to countries outside Croatia since you must travel on your passport.

          Regards,

          Sara

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    • Jo Dukaric
      September 23, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

      Hi. Just adding to Sarah's comment, I made a rather long comment on the "Types Of Visas In Croatia" segment of this website explaining my own experiences so far. It relates to you because your husband is also Croatian. Personally, I did not have an interview with the policija, although they did visit our residence to prove I lived there, and I had a case worker processing the application who did not interrogate me about anything, so I got real lucky! *RAKIJA* 

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      • Dhakendra
        October 23, 2019 @ 4:01 pm

        Hi i m neplise i work in crotia .i want chnge may work how is it poaibal

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        • Expat in Croatia
          October 29, 2019 @ 12:27 pm

          Hi Dhakendra,

          You’ll need to get an offer of employment from a Croatian company.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  2. Steve
    October 12, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    I have a rental property in Istria. I have had it since 2005 and let through a local agency.

    Today my wife and I went with a friend to the local Police station to start the citizenship application process. I was expecting the usual hours of queuing, mounds of paper and official stamps etc. So we were second in the queue (was about 20th for my OIB application where I lost half a day of my life and the will to live). My friend explained to the official that we wanted registry. We were told to return with proof of income, copies of passports and that’s it. We will get yearly visas until our application is processed approx 4 years.

    Whilst delighted with the outcome today, I have been around here too often to expect a fast and clear process. I intend to get copies of birth certificates, marriage certificate, proof of UK address, proof of Croatian address, pension entitlement, etc. etc.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 20, 2017 @ 10:55 am

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for sharing your experience! Please keep us posted on your application’s progress and any hiccups that arise. Good luck!

      Regards,

      Sara

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  3. Monika
    February 11, 2018 @ 4:41 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for a very informative blog, there is a lot to take in and I hope you could help me clarify few points.

    My husband and I are currently living in the UK (Polish and Irish) and we are planning to move to Croatia permanently. We are considering Split/Trogir area to settle. Our plan is to hold remote jobs for approx a year max two (our salaries will be paid in £), within the first year we want to buy a property in Croatia and start a tourism business. Once this business proves to be profitable we would stop our remote jobs and only focus on our business in Croatia. my questions are:
    1. I have seen somewhere on your forum that EU citizens do now need to apply for a temporary one year visa, but they just need to register an address and pay for health insurance – is that the case? If so, we still need to pay for the rent for the whole year upfront to get the address registered? Or can we rent for several months, and once we buy a property we register our own address with Policija? Also, do we have to show the proof of funds to Policja that we can afford to stay in Croatia for a year?
    2. Because we are planning to stay indefinitely, at what point can we apply for Croatian id/ permanent residency? Can we apply for a permanent residency visa without having a temporary residency first?
    3. Do you have a recommendation for us which estate agents to use to buy a property around Split/Trogir?
    4. Do you have a recommendation for an English speaking lawyer, who we can engage with when we arrive in Croatia?

    Hope my questions make sense.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Best
    Monika

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 13, 2018 @ 5:03 pm

      Hi Monika,

      Thank you for the questions!

      1. Yes and no. To clarify, you will need to apply for a residence permit. Upon approval (which should not be difficult as EU citizens), you’ll be approved a permit for 5 years. As part of this process, you’ll register your address. You may exchange your health insurance policy if you have a state funded one in your home country.
      2. You must wait 5 years. I recommend reading this new post.
      3. I do not. I recommend posting in one of the Expat groups.
      4. Yes, please email me and I’ll send you the contact details.

      Cheers,
      Sara

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  4. Sohail Ahmad
    April 15, 2018 @ 8:40 am

    Hi sara,

    I got married with croatian women. I have for 5 year residence card.
    Can i travel to europe?
    Thanks
    Sohail

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 15, 2018 @ 5:49 pm

      Hi Sohail,

      Thank you for the question!

      If you have a 5-year residence card for Croatia, then you can live in Croatia. You may travel to other countries in Europe based on your nationality, not your residence in Croatia.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  5. Iskandar
    May 2, 2018 @ 11:37 pm

    Dobar dan dear admin of this useful site,
    Nowadays I am studying at the Univeristy of Dubrovnik as an Erasmus student. I applied for stay permit at the police office. Everything was just like you have explained. Now I am waiting for my ID Card (I hope). My question is , where I can travel with this Croatian ID? I mean which countries.
    Thank you

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 3, 2018 @ 1:24 pm

      Hi Iskandar,

      Thank you for following!

      You cannot travel anywhere outside Croatia with your Croatia ID. When traveling outside Croatia, you must use a passport and must submit to the travel restrictions and requirements associated with that nationality.

      Only citizens of Croatia can travel on their Croatia ID, and even then, only in the EU.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  6. Petra
    May 8, 2018 @ 4:46 pm

    Hi Sara,

    It is a very useful article indeed. I moved to Zagreb 2 month ago from Hungary. For about a month I also have a job in Croatia, so my income is let’s say “covered”.
    I already managed to sort out my tax card, got OIB number and have my residency confirmed by the police. Today I have also applied for residence card.
    Do I miss any more documentations? Do I need to get a national ID or it’s optional? Since I have Hungarian ID, it’s almost the same, so if it wouldn’t be a big difference I wouldn’t go through the whole procedure for it.

    Br,
    Petra

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 29, 2018 @ 1:31 pm

      Hi Petra,

      Thank you for the question!

      Your residence card is the same as your national ID. Once you get that, you’ll be done.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  7. dubravka
    July 9, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi Sara,
    have you any ideas if Iam able to make a copy of my OIB certificate as i cannot find it
    thank you Dubravka

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 16, 2018 @ 11:22 am

      Hi Dubravka,

      Good question! You’ll need to return to the Ministry of Finance to request a new copy.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  8. Srna
    September 18, 2018 @ 4:28 pm

    Hi Admin,

    Next month I’m getting married with my Croatian husband, I’m from a non eu country. My question is how long it will take me to get a Croatian ID card (licnu kartu). I would love to get this soon as I would like to travel to UK to visit my sister.
    Thank you

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 19, 2018 @ 10:06 am

      Hi Srna,

      First, I recommend reading this post: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-non-croatian-spouse-residence-permit/ It can take up to a few months to get your ID card after you apply.

      Second, your residency in Croatia has nothing to do with any other country. Entry to other countries is based on your nationality, not on where you have residency. You can enter the UK based on your nationality.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  9. Capajev
    October 23, 2018 @ 4:32 pm

    Hey can I travel to Europe with hrvatska residence card?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 29, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

      Hi Capajev,

      The Croatian residence card does not give you extra benefits when traveling within Europe. You will need to travel on your passport for your nationality. Only Croatian citizens can travel within the EU on their identity card.

      Regards,

      Sara

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