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A Spanish NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is an identification number assigned to non-Spanish residents in Spain. It is a unique identification code used for various administrative and legal purposes, such as buying a property, opening a bank account, obtaining a driver’s license, signing employment contracts, or paying taxes.

  • Determine authority
  • Application form
  • Required documents
  • Appointment
  • Submit application
  • Pay fee
  • Processing
  • Collect NIE-number

How to obtain a Spanish identification number?

To obtain a Spanish NIE number, there are several ways to do so, and we have tried to cover the most common ways here by gathering the information you need throughout the process. You will typically need to follow these steps:

1. Determine the appropriate authority

Depending on your situation, you should identify the appropriate authority responsible for issuing NIE numbers. This could be the Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country, or the Foreigner’s Office (Oficina de Extranjería) or National Police Station (Comisaría de Policía) in Spain.

2. Complete the application form

Obtain the NIE application form from the relevant authority and fill it out accurately and completely. The form usually requires personal information such as your name, address, nationality, passport details, and the reason for requesting the NIE. You can also download the form here.

3. Gather required documents

Before you show up at the chosen authority, it is important that you have gathered the necessary documentation in advance, which typically includes the following:

  • Valid passport (original and photocopies)
  • Completed NIE application form
  • Proof of the reason for obtaining NIE (e.g., work contract, property purchase agreement, university acceptance letter)
  • Recent passport-sized photographs
  • Any additional documents specific to your situation (varies depending on the purpose of your NIE application)

4. Schedule an appointment (if required)

Some authorities may require you to schedule an appointment in advance. Check the requirements and procedures of the specific authority you’re dealing with to see if an appointment is necessary.

5. Submit the application

Attend your appointment (if applicable) or visit the designated office to submit your application and the supporting documents. Ensure that you have all the required originals and copies.

6. Pay the fee (if applicable)

Depending on the reason for obtaining the NIE, there might be a fee associated with the application process. The fee amount can vary, so check with the relevant authority to determine if there is a cost involved and the accepted payment methods.

7. Await processing

After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the processing period. The timeframe can vary depending on the authority and the workload at the time. It’s advisable to ask for an estimate of the processing time during the application submission.

8. Collect your NIE number

Once your application is processed and approved, you will receive your Spanish NIE number. The method of collection can differ depending on the authority, but you may be able to pick up your NIE certificate in person or have it mailed to you.

It’s important to note that the process and specific requirements for obtaining a Spanish NIE number may vary depending on your circumstances, such as whether you’re an EU citizen, a non-EU citizen, or a student. It’s recommended to consult the official website of the Spanish government or contact the relevant authority directly to ensure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information for your specific situation.

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