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    How to apply for your NIE Number

    Posted by on April 9, 2018


    INFORMATION CORRECT AS OF November 2017 – Please note that these instructions may vary if you are in a different area of Spain.

    Things have changed yet again and you now need to make an appointment on line, and you can now print and fill in the forms online using form 790, some people are still being sent to Alicante and some to the Benidorm Police office.  Use this link –   Please NOTE, this link does not work correctly from mobile devices.

    Once you have your appointment and paid the correct fee of  9.54€  (this fee has recently risen) the procedure below will still be the same.


    The Spanish NIE number, short for Numero de Identificacion de Extranero, is a Foreigner Identification Number issued by the Administracion General del Estado (General Administration of the State) and is a fiscal identification number for foreigners who want to stay more than 3 months in Spain, or in order to be able to process certain transaction in Spain like buying/renting a property.

    The equivalent of NIE for Spaniards is the NIF (Numero de Identificacion Fiscal)

    The NIE number is different from the Empadronamiento or Padron Municipal which is about getting registered in your living community.

    The Spanish NIE number starts with a letter, followed by seven numbers and another letter in the end (example X – 1234567 – B). Each NIE number is dedicated to one person and it is neither transferable nor does it expire.

    Why it is important?

    The Spanish NIE number is basically used as a code to serve people who don’t have Spanish Nationality. It is of essential for virtually every activity that requires your identification. Many people are not aware of the real importance of the NIE number. For example, your very first steps after moving to Spain, like opening a bank account and getting internet/phone contracts, will require a NIE.

    The Spanish NIE number is important for those who have a professional or economic interest in Spain.


    o Buying or selling a home.
    o Signing a mortgage loan.
    o Property register and Notaries Public Offices.

    o Local: census; certificates of occupancy of the home; property tax; vehicle tax; capital gains; works licences, business opening licences, etc.
    o Justice: civil register, free legal assistance, etc.
    o Health: health care card.

    Social security
    o Obtaining a social security number.
    o Applying for services from the INEM (Spanish employment institute).
    o Exportation of unemployment benefits from a Member State of the European Economic Space.

    Economic relations
    o Opening an account in a bank.
    o Setting up a business or enterprise.
    o Settling state and regional taxes: Income tax for non-residents (IRNR); corporate tax (IS); value-added tax (IVA, VAT); inheritance and gift tax (ISD), etc.
    o Buying a vehicle.
    o Driving licence.
    o Schools for minors, academic studies or university studies.
    o Approval and certification of titles and studies.
    o Grants and subsidies for studies.
    o Electricity and water supply contracts.

    How to get NIE number – step by step

    Step 1: Make an appointment online.

    You have to make an appointment online first before coming in person; otherwise you will not be served. To do that, click on this link and choose “Acceder al Procedimiento” at the bottom.

    • Click Aceptar
    • Click Entrar
    • Fill in your information:
      • Choose PASAPORTE and enter your passport number below
      • Nombre y apellidos = name and surname
      • País de nacionalidad = your nationality
      • In Caracteres enter what you see on the picture above
      • Click Aceptar
      • choose your date and time
      • add your email address, you will get a confirmation email sent to you with the time and date, print this off and take it with you

    Step 2: Fill in form 790 HERE 

    Print all 4 pages and pay the necessary fee of 9.54 at the bank (fee has now risen to we believe 9.55). Take your passport with you in case they as for extra ID.

    Step 3: Fill in the application form

    The Spanish NIE number application form you need to find is called EX – 15 Solicitud de Numero de Identidad de Extranjero NIE y Cert .

    The form will obviously be in Spanish.


    1er Apellido: Surname
    2º Apellido : (second Surname) Write three chiffons instead (—)
    Nombre : Christian Name (make sure to use same as in passport)
    Fecha de Nacimiento: Date of birth (use two digits for day and month)
    Lugar de nacimiento: Place of birth
    Sexo : Gender “H” for Male (Hombre) and “M” Female (Mujer) . X cross the one applicable
    Estado Civil: Status. S for single C for married. V for widow and D for divorced
    País de nacimiento: Country of Birth
    País de nacionalidad: Current Nationality
    Nombre del padre: Father´s name
    Nombre de la madre: Mother´s name
    Domicilio en España: Address in Spain (if you have one, otherwise leave blank) – Localidad: Town, CP: Postcode, Provincia: Province

    Reasons for application:
    Economic, Professional or Social (Tick professional for work reasons or social for house purchase)

    Leave blank

    Sign the form at the bottom, under ‘firma de solicitante’.

    Step 4: Prepare all the necessary documents (checklist)

    • Passport and copy of all pages
    • Address in Spain
    • Completed EX-15 formula
    • 2 recent Passport photos
    • copy of form 790 proving you have paid the fee
    • Document proving why you need a Spanish NIE number, which differs depending on your intentions. In most cases it is:
      • a contract showing that you’re going to buy a property in Spain like real estate, car, etc. or
      • employed:  job contract from the Spanish company or
      • self-employed: a company ownership certificate or
      • persons with sufficient funds: proof that you can live in Spain without working or
      • students: acceptance letter from the school or
      • job seekers: you can go only with passport, but you will be issued a temporary NIE number valid only for 3 months.
    • 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)

    Step 5: Go to the authorized office 

    You can apply for NIE number at police stations with a Oficina de Extranjeros (Foreigners Office).

    Benidorm Police Station –

    Carrer Apolo XI, 31, 03501 Benidorm,  Map HERE

    Alicante Police Station –

    Address: Calle de la Ebanistería, 4-6, 03008 Alicante

    Phone: 965 01 93 00

    Opening Hours:

    Tuesday 9AM–2PM
    Wednesday 9AM–2PM
    Thursday 9AM–2PM
    Friday 9AM–2PM
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
    Monday 9AM–2PM

    #Useful tips:  Get there early, even with the appointment system, as they will only allow so many NIE applications in one day. It is possible you will have to wait in the queue for hours until your turn at the office, so bring something that can keep you occupied for example a book or a magazine.

    Step 6: useful Spanish terms

    Some simple Spanish phrases that you might need:

    Hello! I would like to apply for NIE number = Hola ! Me gustaría obtener mi número de identidad de extranjero (NIE) .

    Where can submit my NIE application? = ¿ Dónde puedo inscribirme?

    I have an appointment to get my NIE = Tengo una cita para obtener mi número de identidad de extranjero (NIE).

    Step 7: keep calm and wait for it

    After submitting all the documents, a photocopy of the application, a paper indicating when the card is available (keep it safe, you will need to show it to them later when you pick up your NIE card) and your passport will be returned to you. Usually after two weeks the NIE card should be available to pick up, but the process can sometimes take as long as 6 weeks. So stay patient! Generally in this area they take 1 week. Some NIE number are now being giving on the same day and you are requested to come back at a certain time. 

    Apply for NIE number before you come to Spain

    It is also possible to apply for Spanish NIE number before coming to Spain, either by asking the Spanish consulate in your country or using a specialised agency of which many are available online, and the fees vary as well. But since you have read our guide, getting it all on your own won’t be such a pain.

    What happens if I lose my N.I.E.?

    Your N.I.E. is your life time number so it does not have to be renewed but if you lose it a duplicate must be obtained and you have to apply again in person. The procedure is the same as for a new application. Keep the original document in a safe place and have copies for everyday use. It is seldom that the original is requested

    If I change my surname do I have to change my N.I.E?

    If your surname changes due to marriage or divorce the N.I.E. must be re-applied for presenting your new passport or I.D. document at the National Police office in your locality. You will retain the same number but a new, correct, document will be issued.

    If I change my address in Spain do I have to change my N.I.E?

    NO – it is not necessary to change your actual N.I.E. document at the National Police office.

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    simon cummins Sent: 06 June 2017 This is my NIE experience. My wife and I live in the UK but want to rent an apartment in Alicante City as a holiday home. We got a contract emailed to us in UK two weeks ago for the flat we are after and were told we needed an NIE. I looked online and followed your guide to the letter. I booked the Cita with the Ebanisteria in Alicante following your link. The earliest available was for today at 10.35. I repeated the online application for an appointment for my wife and she… Read more »

    Julie Brooks
    Julie Brooks

    i am applying for my nie and i dont understand which office i need i want the benidorm one but dont no which one to choose please help


    it will come up as this address – Carrer Apolo XI, 31, 03501 Benidorm


    Nicholas Thornton

    I just wanted to share my experience today of getting my NIE number.
    My appointed was today 10.30 am, arrived 10.10am, walked in no queue, straight to a desk. Clerk took 2 mins checked paperwork. Told come back 1.30 pm, arrived 1.15pm, walked in, no queue again. Straight to the desk, handed my NIE number. Very impressed.


    how did you get an appt we have paid our money into the bank but we are having a problem geting a appt


    If you are using a mobile device the website wont work, you need to use a laptop etc, if still having difficulties pop into our office and we can make the appointment for you.

    Carolina Kingston
    Carolina Kingston

    Hi, im about to apply for a NIE. I need it cause im promised a job. It says on your list that Ill need a job contract as one of my documents to apply, but my upcoming boss says I cant get a contract until I get my NIE, so.. Am I missing something?


    You will be fine just make the appointment on line, print off all the necessary documents and take everything with you. Appointments are taking around 6 weeks at present.

    Carolina Kingston
    Carolina Kingston

    Than you for answering. So I dont really need any piece of paper documenting why I want the NIE?


    No not really x


    Do you have to live in the same province where you make the application? For example, I live in Alicante province and the online appointments system has a 6 week waiting list. But other provinces only have a week or two. I need the NIE within a month and I’don’t mind traveling to get it.


    Yes you should use your nearest office

    Carolina Kingston
    Carolina Kingston

    Theres a lot of good help here, but I have a couple of questions:

    What do I write after “dirigida a” at the bottom? The actual address of where Im applying?

    Under section 4.1,
    □ Of being a Resident
    □ Of being a Non-resident)
    Do I just tick the box for NIE, or do I have to choose certificate and one of those options too?


    Hi I have just made an appointment online to get my NIE and I have to wait until 22nd June! Just over 6 weeks to apply, is it possible to get a temporary NIE quicker as I’m guessing I won’t be able to get a job until I have the NIE number? I was not planning on waiting that long to be able to start work or will employers take you on subject to NIE number being applied for? Thanks in advance for any help on this. James

    Julie Brooks
    Julie Brooks

    Anyone worried about going for there NIE i went this morning got there 10 min before went in was there for 2 min got to go back monday to pick it up very impressed.

    judith Broadbent
    judith Broadbent

    Hi my NIE is out of date. do I have to go through the whole application again? Benidorm police said six weeks and had to apply on line. Can I go to Calpe police or other offices that will probably be quicker to get another certificate?

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