HOW TO GET YOUR N.I.E NUMBER
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 to pay the fee online using form 790, some people are still being sent to Alicante and some to the Benidorm Police office. Use this link – https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html
Once you have your appointment and paid the correct fee of 9.54€ the procedure below will still be the same.
WHAT IS A SPANISH NIE NUMBER
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.
WHAT YOU NEED YOUR NIE NUMBER FOR
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.
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.
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: 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.
HOW TO FILL IN THE N.I.E. APPLICATION FORM
1 DATOS PERSONALES means PERSONAL DETAILS
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)
3) DOMICILIO A EFECTOS DE NOTIFICACIONES
Sign the form at the bottom, under ‘firma de solicitante’.
Step 2: 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.
- In PROVINCIAS DISPONIBLES choose ALICANTE.
- In TRÁMITES DISPONIBLES PARA LA PROVINCIA SELECCIONADA choose Certificados UE (if you are from the European Union), or Expedicion de tarjeta de identidad de extranjero (heulla) if you are from overseas
- 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
Step 3: Fill in form 790 HERE print off 3 copies and pay the necessary fee of 9.54 at the bank.
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
#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.