Since moving to Malta I have heard of many expats that have just simply given up when it comes to getting a Maltese ID. Some have applied but never received the card, because the paper which they need to collect the ID never arrived in the post. Some who have lived on the island for 9 years and still don’t have a card, and some who have tried and failed so many times because they don’t have the right paperwork they just simply gave up.
I was lucky enough to manage to apply for it on my second attempt. This is why I have decided to write this post so that hopefully you will not have to go more than once, twice, three times, or simply just give up all together.
The information below is for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are employed only. I feel pity for anyone who is not one of the the above nationals as I can only imagine the trauma one must go through to get through the Maltese ID application process.
The self-employed process is similar, you need to have a VAT certificate, a Tax certificate and the form from Jobs plus needs to be the Self-Employed form instead of the form below.
What you need is the following:
- A file, because you are going to need one for the amount of paperwork you need for this venture, a wheelbarrow could work as well.
- Passport: Make a copy of your passport, don’t take a picture, you need a paper copy and take it along with your passport, they do not make copies for you so make sure you have one.
- CEA – From A, fill in this form and add it to your file/wheelbarrow.
- You also need the actual Maltese ID application form which I have not been able to find online. However this is not serious because they give this form to you when you arrive, so you can fill it in there.
- Make sure you have a social security number before attempting all of this!
- Jobs plus – Declaration of Commencement of Employment Now before even thinking of applying for your ID go to your HR department and ask them if they have electronically submitted this form to Jobs Plus. Even if they say yes, it doesn’t matter, ask them for a copy and add it to your every growing pile of paperwork. Once you have a copy of this make sure you get to Jobs plus (opens at 8am) on a week day at sparrows fart before they open and patiently wait for the doors to open. Once open fight your way to the front like the gladiator you are and get them to print you a form which says you have a job! Because all the other forms you have stating the same means nothing without this printout. I say get there before they open because everyone who is planning to apply for an ID on that day needs to go to Jobs Plus first. So the later you go do it, the longer and more excruciating the experiencing will be all together.
- Your employment contact signed!
- A rental agreement from your landlord/letting contract/proof of home ownership.
Once you have all the above in a wheelbarrow walking down Republic street in Valletta you make your way to Evans Building, St Elmo’s Square, Valletta between 7:30 – 12:30 Monday – Friday. You walk in the building, put your nicest smile on and hope for the best!