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Reporting changes

  • Change of address
  • Change of travel document / identity card
  • Change of data in the travel document / identity card
  • Loss or theft of a travel document/identity card or residence card

Change of address

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Change of address

EU citizens or their family members are required to report a change in the place of residence within 30 working days of this change occurring. This obligation  applies if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

A change in the place of residence (new place of residence) is reported to the MOI office in the area of the new place of residence, by completing the Form for reporting changes.

This change is not entered in the “Certificate of Temporary Residence  of an EU Citizen”, instead a new certificate is issued. The change in the place of residence is entered in all other documents.

To report this change, the foreign national provides:

The change can be reported on behalf of a foreign national by a different person on the basis of a power of attorney. The power of attorney must demonstrate that it was signed for this specific purpose. The signatures on the power of attorney do not have to be notarized. All the administrative proceedings are done on the spot. In case a new identity card is issued, it is necessary that the foreigner present him/herself at the Ministry to collect the residence card.

If a foreign national is prevented from reporting the change within the legally required period due to reasons outside of his/her control, he/she must report the change within 3 working days of these reasons ending. The foreign national must prove these reasons. If the change is not reported within the legally required period and there is no obstacle that is outside of the foreign national’s control, the delay in reporting a change will be judged as a violation and a fine can be imposed.

  

Change of travel document / identity card

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Change of travel document / identity card

EU citizens or their family members are required to announce a change of their travel document/identity card within 15 working days of the new document being issued.

The foreign national must report this to the MOI office based on his/her address on the relevant application form.

When announcing this change, the foreign national provides:

The change can be reported on behalf of a foreign national by a different person on the basis of a power of attorney. The power of attorney must demonstrate that it was signed for this specific purpose. The signatures on the power of attorney do not have to be notarized. All the administrative proceedings are done on the spot. If the change is not reported by the foreign national in person and it is necessary to issue a new residence card, the foreign national will be invited to collect it in person.

If a foreign national is prevented from reporting a change within the legally required period due to reasons outside of his/her control, he/she must report the change within 3 working days of these reasons ending. The foreign national must prove these reasons. If the change is not reported within the legally required period and there is no obstacle that is outside of the foreign national’s control, the delay in reporting a change will be judged as a violation and a fine can be imposed. An example of a reason beyond the foreign national’s control is the need to travel outside of the CR for a new travel document.

If a family member of an EU citizen - non-EU citizen - is returning to the CR from abroad with a new travel document, the fact that the number of the new travel document is not the same as the number entered in the residence permit is no obstacle within the Schengen zone. If this is the case, the Schengen states allow the given foreign national to travel across them to return to the CR. More information here.

  

Change of data in the travel document / identity card

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Change of data in the travel document / identity card

Change of names or surname

EU citizens or their family members are required to report a change in their names or surname within 15 working days of this change occurring.

The foreign national must report this to the MOI office based on his/her address on the relevant application form.

If a foreign national changes their names or surname and submits a travel document/identity card with the new names or surname, then, upon request, the MOI issues a new residence card, the old residence card is taken from the foreign national.

When announcing these changes, the foreign national provides:

The change can be reported on behalf of a foreign national by a different person on the basis of a power of attorney. The power of attorney must demonstrate that it was signed for this specific purpose. The signatures on the power of attorney do not have to be notarized. If the change is not reported by the foreign national in person and it is necessary to issue a new residence card, the foreign national will be invited to collect it in person.

If a foreign national is prevented from reporting the change within the legally required period due to reasons outside of his/her control, he/she must report the change within 3 working days of these reasons ending. The foreign national must prove these reasons. If the change is not reported within the legally required period and there is no obstacle that is outside of the foreign national’s control, the delay in reporting a change will be judged as a violation and a fine can be imposed.

  

Change to your personal status

EU citizens or their family members are required to report a change in their personal status within 15 working days of this change occurring.

The foreign national must report this to the MOI office based on his/her address on the relevant application form.

When announcing these changes, the foreign national provides:

  • a document on the change in the personal status (e.g. a marriage certificate or a court’s final judgement on a divorce),
  • travel document / identity card,
  • his/her residence card.
     

If the document on the change in personal status is issued by a state other than the CR, it is necessary to ensure an official translation into the Czech language.

The change can be reported on behalf of a foreign national by a different person on the basis of a power of attorney. The power of attorney must demonstrate that it was signed for this specific purpose. The signatures on the power of attorney do not have to be notarized.

All the administrative proceedings are done on the spot.

If a foreign national is prevented from reporting the change within the legally required period due to reasons outside of his/her control, he/she must report the change within 3 working days of these reasons ending. The foreign national must prove these reasons. If the change is not reported within the legally required period and there is no obstacle that is outside of the foreign national’s control, the delay in reporting a change will be judged as a violation and a fine can be imposed.

  

Other changes

EU citizens or their family members are required to report a change connected to the data in their residence card within 15 working days of this change occurring.

The foreign national must report this to the MOI office based on his/her address on the relevant application form.

When announcing these changes, the foreign national provides:

  • a document confirming the change,
  • a travel document / identity card,
  • his/her residence card,
  • if there is a change in the data on the laminated side of the residence card, then 2 photographs.
     

These changes can be reported on behalf of a foreign national by a different person on the basis of a power of attorney. The power of attorney must demonstrate that it was signed for this specific purpose. The signatures on the power of attorney do not have to be notarized. If the change is not reported by the foreign national in person and it is necessary to issue a new residence card, the foreign national will be invited to collect it in person.

All the administrative proceedings are done on the spot.

If a foreign national is prevented from reporting the change within the legally required period due to reasons outside of his/her control, he/she must report the change within 3 working days of these reasons ending. The foreign national must prove these reasons. If the change is not reported within the legally required period and there is no obstacle that is outside of the foreign national’s control, the delay in reporting a change will be judged as a violation and a fine can be imposed.

When changing their appearance, EU citizens or their family members are obliged to apply for a new residence permit without undue delay.

  

Loss or theft of a travel document/identity card or residence card

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Loss or theft of a travel document/identity card or residence card

Application for a new residence card due to loss or damage to a travel document/proof of identity or residence card

If a foreign national loses atravel document/proof of identity or it is stolen, they are obliged to notify the police of this fact immediately.

A foreign national must announce the loss, destruction, damage or theft of a document issued by the Ministry of the Interior according to Law no. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic within 3 working days of this event happening. If it occurs in the territory of the CR, it is announced to the MOI office based on his/her address, if this event occurs abroad, a Czech embassy abroad must be notified. Similarly, a foreign national is obliged to announce the finding or acquisition of a residence card that he/she previously declared lost or stolen.

The foreign national will receive a confirmation of having reported this.

The MOI office will issue a new residence card to replace the lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen one on the basis of a relevant application form that is to be submitted by the foreign national.

When applying for a new residence card, the foreign national provides:

The foreign national will be called (in writing or by telephone) to collect the new permit.

The new residence card will contain the same data as the previous one, including the expiry date, unless changes were announced at the same time, or conditions for extending the validity of the card were met.

A fee applies to this procedure and is to be paid in the form of a stamp (kolek) that can be bought at any post office.

  

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