What is a NIE number in Spain and how to get one

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What is a NIE number in Spain and how to get one

NIE (Número de Identidad Extranjero) is the identification number of a foreigner in Spain. It is necessary for all foreigners who plan

  • Live in Spain for more than 3 months;
  • Buy real estate;
  • Start business;
  • Work;
  • Study;
  • Reunite with family;
  • Obtain a residence permit;
  • Travel around the country (recommended).

There are two main ways to obtain a NIE in Spain:

  1. At the Spanish Consulate in your country:

Make an appointment online or by phone.
Gather the necessary documents:
International passport;
Copy of international passport;
2 photos 3×4 cm;
Completed and signed Form EX-14;
Receipt of payment of the duty.
Submit your documents to the consulate on the day of your appointment.
Get your NIE within 1-2 weeks.

  1. In Spain:

Make an appointment with the Foreigners Police Department (Oficina de Extranjeros) online or by phone.
Gather the necessary documents:
International passport;
Copy of international passport;
2 photos 3×4 cm;
Completed and signed Form EX-14;
Certificado de Empadronamiento (certificate of registration at the place of residence);
Receipt of payment of the duty.
Submit your documents to the police department on the day of your appointment.
Get your NIE the same day.

FAQ

How much does a NIE cost in Spain?

The state fee for issuing a NIE in Spain is 19.30 euros.

How long does it take to obtain a NIE in Spain?

Applying for a NIE in Spain usually takes 1-2 weeks if you apply at a consulate in your country.

Can I get my NIE through a proxy?

Yes, you can get your NIE through a trusted person, but you need to
Issue a notarized power of attorney in the name of your representative.
Provide your representative with all necessary documents.

Where can I find more information about the NIE in Spain?

Visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Spanish Police website: – on this website you can find information on how to obtain a NIE in Spain, as well as download the necessary forms.

Before applying for a NIE, it is recommended that you check the latest information on the official website of the Spanish Consulate in your country.

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