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25 May

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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?

  1. At the Spanish consulate in your own country
  2. 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?

  1. Yourself
  2. A duly mandated representative


What do I need?

  1. 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.
  2. Passport, copy of all pages
  3. Address in Spain
  4. Two recent Passport pictures
  5. 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
  1. 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)
  2. 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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