Applying for an NIE Number
NIE is an abbreviation for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, which translates as an Identification Number for Foreigners. The NIE number is your all-purpose identification and tax number in Spain. It is a unique number to you and never changes.
To proceed with any significant event or monetary transaction in Spain you will need to obtain an NIE number and certificate. Examples include:
- Applying for job
- Buying and selling a vehicle
- Getting a Spanish driving licence
- Obtaining utilities contracts
- Opening a bank account
- Purchasing a property
- Renting a property
- Starting a business
To progress the application you need to book an appointment at the local police station (Policia Nacional). We can help you to make the appointment and accompany you to the meeting if you wish. Click here to find your nearest local police station.
Applying in Spain in person for an NIE number
The documents that are needed for the meeting at the Police Station are:
- The completed NIE application form (EX20)
- A supporting document (such as a notarised letter) showing why you need a NIE
- A copy of your passport (all pages)
- A passport photo
- Payment for the fee
Not in Spain – don’t worry
Even if you are not in Spain you can still progress the application for an NIE number. You will need to grant a lawyer Power of Attorney to make the application on your behalf. We can recommend a suitable lawyer to help you do this.