OK - here are the rules for THIS week or maybe it's just for Fridays.
Went to KEP office in Kalyves on my own with both our books - no queue, this will be quick I thought.
Sat down and handed over required? paperwork - everything in perfect order I hoped- yes, paperwork was fine but our books don't expire until end of Feb so I was too early, "come back in a few weeks".
Undeterred by this, and as it was a nice day for a motorcycle ride, I headed off in the direction of Souda.
Went to the KEP office that I knew, near the junction from the national road and the road to the airport.
No queue again, lucky day I thought - but no. "You will have to go to the IKA office this year, it can't be done through KEP"
Oh well, 3rd time lucky I thought - off to the one that Warwick suggested, found it and again, no-one else in there - joy.
Success ???? no, apparently I can't renew them because I am the dependent, need to get wifey who is the principle to do it.
But I did it on my own at IKA office last year I told her - "no, it has to be the principle making the application".
I told her that the lady in the other office in Souda said that KEP couldn't do it this year anyway, she said "no, that's only for Greeks".
I will return to Kalyves office an a couple of weeks, ON MY OWN again, to see how many different permutations I can cover -stay tuned folks.