This is no easy task to get done. When they stole my purse they got my cedula, residency card, and my carnet, insurance card. I have to get my carnet replaced in order to get my cedula replaced.
So, I had to go to the social security to get a document that shows I am paid up on the insurance, next I had to go to the bank to get a copy of the receipt for paying the insurance, then to the clinic to get my new carnet. OK, now I have that. Now I have to call a 900 number, yup you gotta pay to call them, and make an appointment to go to a different bank and pay another $98 to get a new copy of my cedula. The copy that I have of my card is not that great, I don’t think I could read the numbers right and the guy couldn’t find me under my name. He was probably spelling it wrong even though I spelled it out for him. So I now need to find a better copy of my card so I can make sure I have the right number and call them back again just to make an appointment. I am starting to get depressed. It is just such a hassle.
The other hassle is trying to get a new bank card from my bank in the States, they won’t mail them internationally. I had to change my address to my parents, the account has to have that address for at least 30 days before they will mail out a new card. Then once my parents get the card they can then mail it to me. This is going to take me about two months to get a new card. The bank also will not do a wire transfer without me coming into the bank or sending them a notarized statement. I need this money to really live off of. But I came up with a way around it. I can still send checks out of my bank through on-line banking. Send my dad a check and then have him wire the money to me. Problem solved. Just out about $50 for the wire transfer, but it is cheaper than Western Union. So that is my helpful advice to all of you if you find yourself in a situation where you have lost your bank card or had it stolen. Use an on-line bank to send a check to a trusted family member or friend and then have them wire you the money. Just make sure you send them enough money to cover the wire transfer. Now I have to figure out how to get my driver’s license from the States. Wish me luck with that one.