How to obtain a NIEErika
The NIE is the identification number assigned to foreign citizens to identify them in any official Spanish administration processes.
The NIE is granted to citizens of the European Union, their family, and foreigners with a visa or legal residence. The NIE alone does not grant rights and is only valid along with a valid national passport or document. Do not forget to ensure both are up to date.
Why apply for the NIE?
Once you have the certification, you are able to:
- open a bank account
- request a Social Security appointment
- request an appointment to exchange your driving license
- request a Treasury appointment
- request a student internship
- complete residency procedures as an entrepreneur
How to apply
The NIE Ascertificate can be applied for at your local police station. Keep in mind that in some cities you may need to make an appointment.
At some police stations, the NIE will be issued on the same day, while at others may take between four and five working days.
- Original and photocopy of Form EX-15, completed and signed. This is available from the Interior Ministry’s website or at the police station.
- Original and photocopy of valid passport or travel document. Citizens of the European Union may present an identity document from their country.
- A contact address in Spain.
- Documentation certifying that the applicant is legally resident in Spain.
Once you submit the application, you must pay the corresponding fee and attach the receipt to the required documentation.
The application can also be made by a third party on your behalf, if they submit an endorsement or general power of attorney.
At Duguech&Dip, we recommend making an appointment and getting adequate advice for undertaking any legal process in Spain.
The NIE is only the foreigner identification number with regards to Spanish administration.
It will be shown on the Foreigners Identity Card, along with identification data, photo and type of legal residence in Spain.
The right to work depends on the type of legal residence the applicant holds.
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