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How to apply for your NIE Number

How to apply for your NIE Number


INFORMATION CORRECT AS OF December 2018 – Please note that these instructions may vary if you are in a different area of Spain.

NOTE – People are now being asked to make appointments for Residencia where your NIE number will be given to you at the same time. Appointments are very very difficult to obtain at the moment due to the high demand, and if you do get an appointment you will more than likely be sent to Alicante.

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 –  https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html   Please NOTE, this link does not work correctly from mobile devices.

You can of course pay someone to do all the hard work for you – ‘Book your NIE Number Appointment today’  https://mynie.co.uk

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 9.64 at the bank. Take your passport with you in case they ask for extra ID.

This form can now only be filled in online and printed out to take to the bank. It is no longer given out at police stations nor immigration offices and cannot be filled in by hand.

The form is very quick to complete and can be filled in by clicking here. You complete it then press the blue button at the end to get a copy you can print out and sign.

Guidance notes: As the form is in Spanish, below  is some advice in English for guidance only (as at March 2018 and subject to change).

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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Julie Brooks
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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

Carolina Kingston
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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?


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.


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
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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?


Hi the link on step 1 doesnt seem to be working. Im using a computer and dont understand why it wont work. is there any alternative links?

Tracy Ann

Seems to be working fine from my computer, yes there is another link further down the page


Firstly what a great site you guys are running! So informative, we were stodd outside your shop today but didnt come in as we didnt know what to ask 🤣

So re the NIE can you clarify, do I/we need to have an address, job offer or funds to apply? If so, do you know how much they consider sufficient? I am a Military Veteran and currrently in receipt of a regular income.

Thanks guys

Craig & Anji

Tracy Ann

Hi you should have popped into the office. You can use a Uk address but a obviously a Spanish one is better, funds should not be considered when applying for an NIE but that may just depend who you get on the desk at the time and what mood they are in. Income etc is relevant when applying for Residencia, you can also apply for your NIE from the Spanish Consulate back in the UK


Hello, can you please advise, I already have an nie appointment but because it’s for 26/12/2018 I am finding it hard to find an interpreter. Can I go to the police station on my own or do I have to take an interpreter
Thank you


I would like to thank everyone at benidorm seriously, me and my partner moved here in November, benidorm seriously booked our appointments at the police station, printed all the forms off for out nie, told us were to go to apply for our padron (which we got yesterday), I sat at my laptop yesterday afternoon and went through the website that you have on how to fill out the nie form, couldn’t get my head round it at all, went the the office today and they filled the forms in for us, also printed out our form to pay for… Read more »

Jill Shail

Thank you lindsey, was an absolute pleasure helping you both today. Good luck let us know how you get on xx

Toni Baker
Toni Baker

Hello. I am going to be staying in benidorm for at least 6 months, probably longer to care for a sick relative. As they become more independent I will look for work to enable me to stay longer with them, but that won’t be until they start to get well. I was going to apply for my number now, what would I put as my reason for wanting one. Social? Or professional? As I can’t work straight away due to care that relative will need.

Tracy Ann

You would be best putting social, as you are not in paid employment. You will also need to apply for Residencia if staying here for more then 90 days. this is very important with impending Brexit

Toni Baker
Toni Baker

Thank you very much. I’d best get cracking then as I’ve been here almost 3 months already. Thought I was only going to be here a couple of weeks, but that’s not how it turned out. Thanks again.


I had a social security number, but I’ve lost it, and my NIE. I can reapply for NIE is there any way to retrieve my SS number please?

Tracy Ann

If you have a SIP card (Health card) your SS number will be on that or if you are registered electronically and know your NIE you may be able to retrieve it that way and of course both numbers will be on any old pay slips. If none of the above apply call into the SS office and see what they advise, they may be happy (fingers crossed) to retrieve it for you with just your name or you may need to wait until you have proof of NIE. It could just depend upon who you get on the day… Read more »


Hi. I have a nie number but have changed my name due to getting married. Do I have to re apply to change my name on nie number?

Tracy Ann

Yes you have to do the whole process again, sorry.
The Spanish themselves do not change their surname after marriage so be prepared for a few strange looks, it took me 4 attempts to get my residentia etc changed x