How To Get an NIE
NIE is an abbreviation
for Identification Number for Foreigners which translates to Número de
Identidad de Extranjero. Commonly known identification number around the world
the NIE is a way for you to determine your legal stay in Spain.
Think of it as your
all-purpose identification and tax number when dealing with any legal matter in
Spain. It is a legal requirement for everything from the official proctor to
ownership in Spain. For instance, if you are looking to purchase a property,
open a bank account, purchasing a car, or taking on any role a citizen is
entitled to - then you need an NIE number. The number is a way for the
government to keep track of your workings in their Country. The same way your
identification or social security number is used to keep track of all your
working and financial history.
Without an NIE the
Spanish tax authorities are unable to process or assess your annual tax
payments. Along with your IRPF and Patrimonio - that must be declared by
Spanish locals and non-resident property owners. Making the NIE number essential when looking to build a legitimate business in Spain. One that allows
you to work within the local laws, covering all your bases as you go.
Who Needs an
- Any foreigner who becomes a resident in Spain requires
an NIE number. It does not matter if the change is permanent or temporary, if
you wish to stay in Spain for even 3 months you will need an NIE.
- Any non-resident looking to purchase property in
Spain requires an NIE number to process the payment and establish a holding in
- Anyone who wishes to work in Spain or start a
business in Spain requires an NIE number to help the government keep a track of
How Do You Apply
for an NIE Number?
Start by filling out the
NIE application form and get it printed. The form can be taken from the NIE
office, or you can find it on their website. However, you will need someone who
is fluent in Spanish to help you translate the form, and make sure every piece of information is correct. To help make matters easier the NIE website offers the
form in English and French language. Once your form is filled you can head over
to the Oficina de Extranjeros when in Spain or the Spanish consulate in your
You will also need to
pay the tax form before heading over to your NIE appointment. This form can be
found online, it’s called tasa 790 012. The bank will stamp it to say it's paid
and you must take this to your appointment.
You Must Bring:
? The filled-out form
? Copy of valid passport - all pages
? Passport photo - at least two
? Paid tax form, stamped by the bank
? Appointment form, you get this when you make the
Once you have filed the
form you can ask the individual you are dealing with for more information
regarding the process. So, you can get an idea of the process and how long it
may take to get your NIE number.
Once the application for
the NIE is done, you will either receive your NIE number form there and then or
you will have to back to the same National Police station you applied at the