Issue of a residence card on an application

When should I apply?

You only apply for a residence card if you have received:

If you are staying in Poland on the basis of a residence permit for humanitarian reasons, you submit an application for a replacement of the residence card to the

Chief of Border Guard branch competent for your place of stay.

You aplly in person. The application on behalf of a minor foreigner is submitted by parents or guardians appointed by the court, or one of the parents or one of the guardians appointed by the court. When applying, a minor who is at least 6 years old must be present.

If you have a temporary residence card and want to obtain another residence card, you should apply for a temporary residence permit.

Before you apply, read our tips on how to fill in an application form.

Where should I apply?

You may apply in person at the Department for Foreigners in Poznań or one of the office's delegations: Book your visit

If you cannot apply in person, please send your application by post. What counts is the date of postage at the post office.

If you apply by post, your next step is to visit the office in person to give your fingerprints.

Learn how to submit your fingerprints.

What documents do I need?

  • 1 copy of the application, completed as instructed (download the application form). You can also obtain the application form at any of our offices. Check the addresses.
  • 2 photos which should meet the following requirements:
    • Undamaged, in colour, of good focus and quality,
    • size: 35x45mm,
    • not older than last 6 months,
    • head should take 70-80% of the photo (from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head).
    • photo should be taken in front of a plain white or off-white background,
    • photo should be taken in full-face view directly facing the camera, with eyes open, neutral face expression and mouth closed. Hair should be uncovered. The photo should also reflect your natural skin colour. Eyes and pupils should be clearly visible, the line of the eyes should be parallel to the upper edge of the photo.
  • A valid travel document (original for inspection). In justified cases, if you do not hold a valid travel document and cannot obtain it, you may present another document confirming your identity.
  • Confirmation of registered residence/the registered residence (temporary or permanent).

  • You will need also an original of  the stamp duty payment to start the proceedings.

All documents are submitted in original/certified copy and in certified translation if required.

Address on the residence card

The card printout is ordered after submitting the proof of payment and after providing the current confirmation of registration for a temporary stay lasting over 2 months.

If you do not submit a confirmation of registration within 14 days from the date of receipt of the decision to grant you a temporary residence permit, your residence card will not have a residence address printed out on it.

You can also make a statement if you want to have the address on the card.

Download the declaration form

Residence card fees

The pay rate for application submitted until 29th July

The fee for issuing the card is 50 PLN   


The reduced fee for issuing the card is 25 PLN   


You are eligible to reduced fee if you are:

  • a student, or
  • student at upper secondary schools,
  • or a minor child up to 16 years old,
  • or in difficult financial situation.

The pay rate for application submitted from 29th July

The fee for issuing the card is PLN 100


The reduced fee is 50 PLN


You can also pay the fee for your residence card by bank transfer: 

Wielkopolski Urząd Wojewódzki
Poznań, al. Niepodległości 16/18
Nr rachunku: 70 1010 1469 0000 3922 3100 0000

How long is the waiting time?

The residence card will be issued approximately 1 month from the submission of proof of payment and confirmation of registration/or declaration of lack of address on the card. If you have a permanent residence permit due to a Pole's Card, a printout of the residence card will be ordered after returning the Pole's Card.

What should I know?

Read our guide

The residence card is to be collected in person only at the Department of Foreigners in Poznań or at one of the office's delegations.

When a residence card issued to a minor over 13 years of age is collected, his/her presence is required.  When a residence card has been issued to a minor under 13 years of age by the date of its receipt, the card shall be collected by his legal representative or guardian.

A visit to collect a residence card in Poznań can be booked in advance via the website by selecting the E - Pickup residence card queue

To pick up your residence card, bring a valid travel document and previous residence card, if issued.
Check if your card is ready for collection and where you can collect it in our application to avoid dissapointment.

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Can my residence be collected by my spouse/ representative/ employer?

No, you need to collect your residence card in person. When you collect your card, the you need to be fingerprinted in order to verify the data stored electronically in the card chip.

Who can collect the residence card for a child?

The child's parent or legal guardian. The child from whom the fingerprints were taken at the time of application must be present at the reception of the card (child over 13 years old).

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Does an under-age child (a minor) have to be present at the time of collection of the card?

The child from whom the fingerprints were taken must be at the time of application (child over 13 years old).

When a residence card has been issued to a minor under 13 years of age by the date of its receipt, the card shall be collected by his...

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Does the address have to be on the residence card?

The residence card can be issued without a registered address. When submitting an application / or after receiving a decision, make a written statement that you are asking for a card without a registered address. If you want the registered address to be included on the residence card, submit a ...

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If I don't have a PESEL number, can I get a card?

Yes. A PESEL number is not required to print a residence card. If you have a PESEL number, you can ask for it to be placed on your residence card.