Consular Registration
All citizens of Spain who reside abroad, meaning, in any country other than Spain, must be registered at the Consulate of Spain within the jurisdiction of the country of residence. This registration will also appear in the database of the PERE (Census for Spanish Citizens Residing Abroad) and of the CERA (Electoral Census for Spanish Citizens Residing Abroad).
This registration enables all citizens of Spain to obtain consular assistance and the possibility to vote from anywhere in the world if there is an election period in Spain.
Those Spanish citizens who live permanently in other countries other than Spain will be registered as RESIDENTS whereas those who move in for a limited period of time, e.g. for the purpose of taking an academic course, will be registered as NON RESIDENTS.
If you bring your registration application in person, you need to BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. Otherwise, you have to send your registration application by mail. No email applications will be accepted.
To register at the Consulate General of Spain, the following documents are required:
  • Valid passport (or photocopy if you live outside the Greater Toronto Area or in another province within this consular jurisdiction: Ontario (ON), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB), British Columbia (BC), Yukon (YK), Northwest Territories (NT) or Nunavut (NU).
  • Spanish National Identity Card (DNI), if applicable.
  • Document indicating your current status in Canada (PR card, work or student authorization).
    If this is not possible, you can present other documents such as telephone, hydro or cable bills, mortgage, rental statements, etc. indicating your full name and address). If none of this is possible, you will then be registered as a NON RESIDENT until one of these documents is submitted.
  • Two (2) photographs of 5 x 5 cm., in color.
  • Completed application form, which will be provided by the Consulate General:
           - Residents

           - Non-Residents

  • Completed CERA Registration form, to enable the applicant to vote in the Elections period (ONLY FOR RESIDENTS) -Declaración explicativa de la elección del municipio a efectos electorales.pdfDeclaración explicativa de la elección del municipio a efectos electorales.pdf.

    Spanish citizens residing in cities where there is an Honorary Consulate of Spain, must submit the documentation, by appointment, to the corresponding Honorary Consul.

    Consular Dismissal

    If you are registered at the Consulate General of Spain and you are moving back to Spain or simply to another country*, you can request a Certificate of Dismissal (Certificado de Baja Consular) by presenting the following documentation:
    • Photocopy of your current and valid passport.
    • Completed application form, which will be provided by this Consulate General.
    Cancellation of consular registration
    Spanish citizens residing abroad who move their residency to Spain or to another place abroad can apply to cancel their registration (Cancellation Form.pdfCancellation Form.pdf) in the Consular Register. On arrival at the new place of residence, they must register in the Municipal Register or in the Consulate corresponding to their new place of residence.
    Consular cancellation of registration facilitates certain procedures for Spanish citizens who return to reside in Spain such as importing their personal affairs, and other procedures, so it is recommended to apply for cancellation before the end of the stay abroad. Furthermore, the certificate of the full period of residence and consular registration serves as official proof of the total time of residence abroad.
    Finally, it should be noted that Spanish citizens who register in a Consular Register but do not give notice of the continuity of their effective residence abroad during the year following the date of registration will have their registration officially cancelled. It is therefore important to maintain regular contact with the Consular Office.


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