The reasons why you will be asked for your NIE Number?
When planning a move to Spain most people’s priority is trying to find their dream home or securing a new job. What is important to know in the early stages is the Importance of Obtaining an NIE Number and all the reasons why you may be asked to present it.
The obvious reason which most people discover from reading the endless blogs and internet sites is that it is required for Buying, Selling and Renting a property. Regardless of whether you plan to live in Spain permanently, rent for a short period of time or just buy a holiday home you must first obtain an NIE number. Usually it helps to know that wherever taxes are to be paid – it is required!
If you are coming to Spain on a Work Placement, To Study, Start a new job or are planning to Set up your Own Business you must secure your NIE number. Each governing body will request it as in most cases you must register with the department of social security and the hacienda (tax office).
Once here in Spain you will find like most of us that have experienced the move, that the list of things to sort out is never-ending at first. Everybody needs a bank account so one of the first places to call on is the Bank. Your chosen bank is likely to request a copy of your nie certificate when opening up a new bank account for you, setting up a Mortgage Offer or approving your request for a Loan. All Loan and Mortgage agreements have to be written and signed in the presence of a Notary. It’s here at the Notary that the Notaire will request to also see your NIE Certificate!
To get to and from these places you may also have on your “To-Do” List – Buy a Car. When purchasing a new or second hand vehicle the garage will need your nie number in order to legalise your car documentation and transfer the ownership into your name. If you buy privately it is usually agreed between the buyer and the seller as to who will be responsible for the transfer of ownership, either way your nie certificate is one of the documents that the Tráfico department will require to complete this request. In the meantime organising Car Insurance (and no doubt Household Insurance too) will be a priority too so yet again, have your NIE number close to hand.
Once settled in your new home you will want to set up your household utilities. We all need Electricity, Water, Telephones and Internet. Each provider will need your NIE Number to set up a new supply contract. When getting a Mobile phone either on a contract or Pay as you Go – and lets be honest; however did we manage without one? – You will need to show your NIE Certificate at the point of order. In this case it is also quite common to also be asked for your Padrón (see our article on Padrons). To apply for a Padrón you will also need your NIE.
Other reasons for needing an NIE number are: Inheritance (see our article on Inheritance), To become a Resident in Spain, To Register at the Doctors. Children may be asked for it when Enrolling at their local School.
So don’t delay, apply for yours today and contact NIE in 1 Day at www.niein1day.co.uk we can also assist you with your Residence, Certificado and Tráfico paperwork as well.