A NIE number is issued by the Spanish authorities to identify foreigners (Numero Identificacion de Extranjeros). This is needed as identification for various purposes:
Purchase a property or a car in Spain.
Working as an employee or self-employed person.
Making transfers or paying bills via your Spanish Bank account.
It will be requested when:
Opening a Spanish bank account, initially can be done using a passport.
Buying a property in Spain, or granting of a Mortgage.
Use of a transaction that involves an invoice in your name.
Paying Taxes such as Non Resident Taxes.
Please note that the NIE Certificate does not show or prove whether you are Spanish tax resident or non-Tax Resident in Spain. It is only a number that identifies you as an individual in front of National, regional or local Spanish Inland Revenue.
You can obtain your Nie Certificate.
At the Spanish Embassy in your home country. You may be asked for proof of why you require an NIE.
Personally or through your lawyer in Spain. If you wish to do it in Person in Spain, you need to go to the nearest police station with a foreigners’ department so they can verify your passport ID. You will be asked for proof of why you require an NIE.
Please note that certain supporting paperwork may be requested (Rental, offer to purchase, work contract as examples).
REQUIREMENTS in the Spanish consulate:
To apply for a NIE or a certificate of non-residence through the Consulate, you have to go in person with the following documents:
1. Valid passport and a photocopy of the photo/passport details page.
2. Two EX-15 application forms.
3. NON EU citizens with UK residency must also provide a copy of the residence permit in the UK.
4. Two Model 790 payment forms.
The form can be completed online or typewritten. Handwritten forms should be completed clearly using BLOCK CAPITALS and black ink. The forms must be signed at the Consulate. Fee may vary due to €/£ conversion rate (Cash only).
• NIE: £7.50
• CERTIFICATES OF NON-RESIDENCE: £5.60
Departamento de Legalizaciones
Tel: +44 20 7594 4921 | Fax: +44 20 7581 7888
Consulado General de España / Spanish Consulate General
20 Draycott Place, London SW3 2RZ
Between 09:30 and 13:00 Monday to Friday. Appointment is not necessary.
If you do it via a 3rd party such as a Lawyer, then they will issue a power of attorney in Spanish and English with the faculties to obtain and collect the number. Once the power of attorney is signed passport legalized, they will prepare all the necessary application forms, settle the corresponding stamp duty tax at a Spanish bank and attend to the local police office and apply for the NIE number certification. After one or two weeks the NIE number certification will be available.
The following documents are required:
An filled-in application form known as the Solicitud de Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) y Certificados.
Receipt for payment of the fee, stamped by the bank.
Identity card or original passport and photocopy.
Two passport photographs.
Proof of current address in Spain.
An EU-citizen applying for their Registration Certificate (certificado de registro) will be issued an NIE number at the same time, as the two application processes are combined.