Obtaining a NIE

What is a NIE

The NIE is a tax identification number in Spain, known in Spanish as the NIE, or more formally the Número de identidad de extranjero. The Spanish government have linked the NIE number to residence, where the NIE appears on the tarjeta de residencia, and to social security in Spain

Who does it apply to?

It applies to any foreign national who has a relationship with Spain by reason of their economic, professional or social interests.

What requirements must be met?

There are basically three requirements which must be satisfied to obtain the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE):

  • Not being in Spain in an irregular situation.
  • Proving that the person in question has economic, professional or social interests.
  • Specifying the reasons for requesting the number (for example, buying a home, obtaining a driving licence or opening a bank account).

So how do you apply for it?

1 – People who want to apply for the N.I.E. will first need to complete and sign the following document:
MODELO EX-15 – Solicitud de Numero de Indentidad de Extranjero (NIE) y Certificados

For translation and guidance here is a PDF which is translated to English. Do NOT use this as an application form. It is simply a translated version of the original Spanish document. 

2 –  You will need to request an appointment online

3 – You will need to pay the fee

4 – Go to the place indicated where you have made an appointment to submit the documentation.

5 – Once the fee has been paid and the requirements and documentation have been checked, the identification number will be allocated. The deadline for deciding the application is five days from the application being entered in the register of the competent body.

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