Why do I need an NIE Number?
- To Buy, Sell or Rent a Property.
- To Insure a Property.
- To Buy, Insure or Re-Register a Car or Boat.
- To Work or Start a Business.
- To Open a Bank Account or Borrow Money i.e. Mortgage.
- To set up Utility Connections or any Credit Contracts e.g. Electric, Mobile Phones and Internet supplier.
- To obtain a Padron – similar to the Electoral Roll in England.
- For Inheritance purposes, any beneficiary must have an NIE in order to inherit spanish assets.
- Children often need N.I.E’s for School or Medical Care.
Do I need to be there to apply for my NIE Number?
Yes, Applications must be made in person. Recent changes in the law have made it necessary for an ID check.
Is there anyway I can apply without being there in person?
Should you not be able to present yourself in person an application by Power of Attorney can be made. This can be a more lengthy route and expensive and requires you to attend a notary in your home country. See our “Other Services” page for more information or email us now.
How long does the NIE application procedure take?
On the day of your NIE application we need less than 1 hour of your time.
When do I receive my NIE Certificate?
Usually always the same day at 1 pm.
Do I need to be present to collect my NIE Certificate?
No. We will collect this on your behalf and can email a copy to you and any other interested party straight away. We can then either send the original to you, to your Lawyer/Estate agent or wherever you wish!
Do my children need an NIE number?
From area to area the answer to this question can vary. Increasingly Schools and Doctors are requesting NIE numbers for minors (under 18yrs old). The paperwork required for a child’s NIE application is different to that of an adult over 18yr old.
Please Contact Us for more information about this.
What if I have lost my Original NIE Certificate?
We can obtain a replacement copy (duplicado) however the procedure is exactly the same as if applying the first time. Contact Us to discuss your circumstances and to find out how we can help
What paperwork do I need?
Generally just your Passport, Copies of your Passport and Passport sized photographs are required. When you book your appointment with us we shall confirm you have everything you need. As mentioned earlier, for children additional information is needed and also more paperwork is required if your hold a Non-EU Passport.
Let us know your personal circumstances and we will advise you as to what is required.
Is there such thing as a Temporary NIE number?
No. The NIE Number that you are issued with initially is the same NIE for the rest of your life. Even if you lose the document and apply for a new one, the same number will be issued to you again.
Why does my NIE Certificate say it is only valid for three months?
Although there is no such thing as a temporary NIE Certificate, you may have applied during a period of time when they were issued with a footnote at the bottom stating that the NIE certificate is only valid for three months. Since 2016 this “3 month validity period” has been abolished. All new certificates do not expire. Should you have an out of date certificate you can re-apply for a new one. Once you have done this you won’t have to do it again. Contact us for more information.
Can I apply through the Spanish consulate? If yes, what benefits does your service offer over applying through a Spanish consulate?
Yes you can. The primary benefit of using our service as opposed to applying through a Spanish Consulate is speed. With us you will have your certificate in your hand the same day. Applying through the Spanish Embassy, according to our many clients who tried, the wait can be anything from 4 weeks to 6 months. Those clients still had to use our service in the end as time was running out and they could not wait any longer.
Why do some NIE numbers begin with a letter X and mine begins with a Y ?
Since 2008 nie numbers have been prefixed with the letter Y. Simply because the run of numbers came to an end so they had to start again but beginning them with a new letter. This did cause confusion at first as many computer systems were not set up to accept the letter, only the numbers, so in some cases people were told that their number belonged to someone else. Fear not as this no longer is a problem.
Does obtaining my Certifcado/Residence Certificate replace my NIE certificate?
Your NIE number remains the same number for the rest of your life. If you do plan to live in Spain for more than 3 months of the year then you should obtain your Certificado/Residence. This puts you on the European Register stating that you will reside here for more than 3 months of the year and will entitle you to further benefits, such as medical treatment.