- Jul 27, 2006
Lucas said:DNI = Documento Nacional de Identidad (National (personal) Identification Document) Argentinean citizens only, foreigners have a passport issued by they country of origin.
It is a number (your ID number) in this document is your name, date and place of birth, your photo (as it's in a passport) and your right thumb fingerprint.
This document is to identify yourself when is requested by authorities, police for example, banks to open an account, sign lease and legal documents, buy real state, a car, a motorbike or do any legal or business transactions, etc. if you have one you must carry it with you all the time, also if you are issued with an Argentinean passport this ID number will the same.
All paperwork in Argentina is a nightmare better get used to it there is no escape to the red tape in this country....enjoy it.
While the DNI is not required of tourists (residencia transitoria) the DNI is required of all temporay and permanent residents (temporia or permanente). It is not limited to citizens of Argentina. Recently, however, the process of getting the DNI has been very slow.