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What is the Spanish NIE number?
The Spanish NIE number, short for “Número de Identificación de Extranjero”, is a Foreigner Identification Number: a fiscal identification number for foreigners who want to stay more than 3 months in Spain.
Why do I need it?
- Open a bank account
- Buy a property or insure it
- Get a mortgage
- Sign an internet or a phone contract
- Open a utility contract
- Buy a car or get a driving license
- Sign a work contract and get Social security
- Setup a company
- … and pay taxes
How to get it?
- At the Spanish consulate in your own country
- In Spain, at the Directorate-General of the Police, make sure you don’t need to register online before showing up, it’s the case in Barcelona for instance
Who can get it?
- A duly mandated representative
What do I need?
- Fill in TWO forms “EX – 15 Solicitud de Numero de Identidad de Extranjero NIE y Cert“, You have to fill it in this Spanish version! But here is a very useful Version where you will find everything translated in English.
- Passport, copy of all pages
- Address in Spain
- Two recent Passport pictures
- Document proving why you need a Spanish NIE number, which differs depending on your intentions. In most cases it is one of those:
- going to buy a property in Spain
- job contract from the Spanish company
- self-employed: a company ownership certificate
- students: an acceptance letter from the school
- non-EU citizens will need the additional proof of legal entry into Spain (for instance a landing card, known in Spanish as a declaración de entrada)
- NIE application fee, less than 15€ (you could need to pay it to the nearest bank in cash)
How long does it take?
Between one hour to up to 2 months depending on the way you do it. So plan accordingly!
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