NIE Number

In Spain, the “Número de Identificación de Extranjero” (NIE) is an identification number for foreigners who live, work, or have other connections to Spain, such as wanting to purchase property there. It is comparable to the tax or social security number in other countries and is issued by the Spanish police.

Here are the key points about the NIE number for you:

Purpose of the NIE number:

  • Tax matters: For example, when opening a bank account, buying property, or paying taxes.
  • Work and social security: To work in Spain and access the health care system.
  • Other legal and administrative tasks: For example, when signing contracts, such as rental agreements, or registering for utility services (electricity, water, etc.).

Applying for the NIE number:

  1. In Spain:
    • In person: You can apply for the NIE number at a Foreigners Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) or at a police station.
    • Documents: A completed application form (EX-15), a valid passport or ID card, and possibly additional documents proving the purpose of your stay or activity in Spain.
    • Appointment: It is necessary to make an appointment in advance.
  2. From abroad:
    • Spanish Embassy or Consulate: You can apply for the NIE number at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
    • Representative: You can also authorize a person in Spain to apply for the NIE number on your behalf.

Application process:

  • Submission: The completed form and required documents are submitted.
  • Fee: A fee must be paid, which may vary depending on the location and type of application.
  • Processing time: After submission, it usually takes a few weeks for the NIE number to be issued.


  • The NIE number remains valid for life and does not change, even if your residence status or location within Spain changes.

Special notes:

  • Not a residence permit: The NIE number is not a residence permit. If you want to stay in Spain for more than three months, you need an additional residence permit.
  • Usage: The NIE number must be provided for many administrative and business transactions in Spain.

If you need help applying for the NIE number or have questions about the specific requirements, it may be advisable to seek legal or administrative advice. We would be happy to provide you with a professional contact.

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