What is the Padrón (empadronamiento) and do I have to register?
Although you may read or have been told that you do not need to register on the padrón, the British Embassy advises that it is obligatory by Spanish law to register on the padrón at the Town Hall where you reside.
By registering, you will actually be benefiting your community because your local government receives funding depending on how many are registered on the Padrón. The Padrón is a good way for the Town Hall to know how many people are living in their area. (44) You may also be asked to complete census forms which allow you to vote in your local elections.
On the Padrón should be the names of all persons living at the property. You can still be on the Padrón for a certain address even though your name is not on the escritura (title deeds) or rental agreement.
If you wish to apply for your certificado, register your child for school, register at your local medico (doctor), transfer an imported vehicle to Spanish plates or buy a Spanish car then you will likely need a padrón.
How do I obtain my Padrón?
You need to go to your local Town Hall. You should take with you your passport, a utility bill, a copy of your escritura and your NIE number (Numero de identidad de Extranjero). Should you not have a NIE number then NIE in 1 Day can help you to obtain your NIE number very quickly. Some Town Halls now charge a small fee for processing your Padrón. It will not matter if your NIE number shows a different address however your escritura/rental agreement should be your correct address.
You will receive a certificate showing your property details as well as the names of all who reside there. Usually this is a fairly quick process and you will be given your certificate to take away with you.
Must I renew my Padrón?
You may be asked for an up to date padrón ie dated within the last three months, by certain services or authorities eg the medical centre, Trafico, Social Services and if you are then it is simply a case of asking your Town Hall to reprint your padrón.
Some local authorities are currently checking the accuracy of their padrón registers so you may be sent a letter enquiring as to whether you wish to remain on the padrón. If you do not answer to this, you may find yourself being removed from the padrón.
For help in obtaining your NIE number quickly contact us at niein1day.com. We can also assist with your Certificado (residencia). )