NIE number - What it is and how to get it

Published on 15/11/2006 in Relocating to Spain

What is NIE?

In my recent article about Empadronamiento, I mentioned NIE (Numero Identificacion de Extranjeros). This is a number issued by the Spanish authorities to identify foreigners. It is only for foreigners as the Spanish have a DNI.

If you plan to reside in Spain, the first thing you should do is get one. Even those who are buying a property but remaining in the UK will still need one.

What is it for?

You will find that it is needed as identification for various kinds of authoritative purposes. You usually need it for the following:

Buying a Property
Buying a Car
Working as an employee or self employed
To obtain a phone line or a contract mobile phone
Electricity Account
Bank Account but often a passport is enough

How do I get it?

You need to go to the nearest police station with a foreigners’ department. Be prepared for a bit of standing around and lack of customer service skills. Make sure that you take the following:

Your passport with a photocopy
2 passport sized photographs

They will give you a form to fill in which will be in Spanish so take your dictionary with you. They will give you a copy and return your passport to you there. Depending on the particular office, it can take from a few days to a few weeks to process. You need to collect the NIE certificate in person with your passport and the copy given to you. The certificate is a stamped, white A4 size paper document with your name and NIE certificate.

What if I lose it?

Once you receive it, you should make lots of copies and keep the original in a safe place. If you lose it you need to repeat the application procedure.

Can I get help to do this?

Yes, for a small fee a Gestor or your lawyer can do this for you.

Written by: Susan Pedalino

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Comments:

showman said:
24 January 2014 @ 19:23

my family and i hoping to move to spain in the very near future, can i apply for a nie number prior to my arrival in spain, we currently go to spain 3 times a year, could somebody please give me some advice, thanks


Spanishtogs said:
29 December 2012 @ 08:38

I realise this article is pretty ancient (as am I!) but wonder if anyone can give me some advice on how easy it would be for me to get an NIE number for a family member (this would apparently ease problems of inheriting after our days). The article mentioned that a solicitor is able to do it and that may be the best way for me to organise this, but has anyone out there first hand experience of doing this? Also, would I need the family member's passport or would their passport number and photos etc be sufficient?


Spanishtogs said:
29 December 2012 @ 08:38

I realise this article is pretty ancient (as am I!) but wonder if anyone can give me some advice on how easy it would be for me to get an NIE number for a family member (this would apparently ease problems of inheriting after our days). The article mentioned that a solicitor is able to do it and that may be the best way for me to organise this, but has anyone out there first hand experience of doing this? Also, would I need the family member's passport or would their passport number and photos etc be sufficient?


Sandra said:
14 June 2010 @ 14:38

Do they give this without anycomplications or its like a viza they might decide not to give it to you and also the 2 pistures are passport pictures or?

Thaks Susan



NieNumberDirect said:
24 September 2007 @ 15:18

Updated information for NIE numbers is now available from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NIE_Number

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