NIE Spain: How to Apply for Yours

23 de February, 2024

NIE Spain: How to Apply for Yours

See here how to request your NIE Spain: Foreigner Identification Number. How to apply, costs, and links to forms.
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The NIE – Foreigner Identification Number is essential for foreigners intending to reside or invest in Spain. It functions as a unique and exclusive personal identification. This document is associated with economic, professional, or social activities in the country, and is essential for carrying out a variety of administrative procedures. In this article, we will explain what the NIE of Spain is, what this document is for, in which transactions it will be required, and how to apply for yours.

What is NIE Spain and what is it for?

The NIE (Foreigner Identification Number) is a unique number consisting of two letters (one at the beginning, another at the end) and seven numbers, assigned to foreigners who have economic, professional, or social interests related to Spain. It is necessary for conducting financial transactions, opening bank accounts, making contracts, tax declarations, among others.

Example: NIE: X1234567Y.

Any foreigner who decides to work or stay in Spain for more than 90 days will need to have this number.

Where to get the Foreigner Identification Number?

The NIE can be requested in person in Spain or in the applicant’s country of origin.

In Spain, it must be requested directly from the Directorate General of Police, or through the Foreigner Offices or Police Stations.

For those not in Spanish territory, the request must be made through the Consular Service of the interested party’s country of residence.

How to get the Spanish NIE?

It is necessary to fill out the form EX-15, present the passport or identity document, proof of residence, and pay a fee.

Generally, those who apply for a visa for Spain, whether it be a student visa, non-lucrative residence visa, or digital nomad visa, already receive the NIE number along with the visa, in the passport.

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What is the difference between DNI, TIE, and NIE?

  • The DNI (Documento Nacional de Identidad) is an identity document for Spanish citizens.
  • The TIE (Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero), known as the foreigner card, is necessary for foreigners who wish to live long-term in Spain. From the third month of living in Spain, it is mandatory to have the TIE, especially for entering and leaving the country. The TIE includes the NIE number.
  • The NIE is a unique identification number for foreigners with interests in Spain.

How to get the NIE in Spain?

Make an online appointment in advance at the Public Administration Headquarters to avoid waiting.

  1. Access the procedure;
  2. Select province;
  3. Select Office, day of presentation;
  4. Select “policía nacional procedures – NIE assignment”.
  5. Fill out a form.

Usually, it is necessary to wait a month for an available date in the schedule, so do not delay.

Documents required to apply for the NIE:

  • Filled out form EX-15: original and copy.
  • Passport and photocopy of the applicant’s data page and visa.
  • If the NIE is requested through a representative, original and copy of the representative’s identity document or passport and sufficient power of attorney stating expressly that they are authorized to submit the NIE application.
  • 1 recent color photograph, license size, and white background.
  • Proof of payment of fee Modelo 790, Code 012 from the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Copy of the administrative resolution of concession, in the case of initial authorizations.
  • If residing in Spain, proof of residence.
  • In the case of renewal, the expired previous card.
  • Documents proving the reason for the request such as social, professional, and/or economic interests.
  • In the case of minors, they must be accompanied by their legally documented representative (father, mother, or guardian).
  • In the case of family regrouping, accompanied by the regrouping family member with the original card.

How much does the NIE cost?

The fee charged is €9.84, as disclosed on the citizen portal. This fee is generated after filling out the Modelo 790_012 Fee Form.

How long does it take to get the NIE?

The NIE typically takes two weeks to be ready. However, it is common for this timeframe to be extended due to high demand at consulates and immigration offices. The document is sent via email directly to the interested party, so it is important to provide a valid email address to receive notifications.

How to renew the NIE?

The NIE renewal must be done before it expires, by presenting the necessary documents at a National Police headquarters or at the Spanish Public Administration.

NIE for Non-Residents

It is not necessary to reside in Spain to obtain an NIE. You can apply for it, for example, to purchase properties or open a business in the country. Requests can be made in the following ways:

  • Submitted in person in Spain by the applicant;
  • Made in Spanish territory through a representative;
  • Carried out at the Diplomatic Representations or Spanish Consulates located in the applicant’s country of residence, corresponding to their district of residence.

If you need assistance to obtain your NIE quickly and efficiently, rely on the specialized team at Atlantic Bridge to guide you through the entire process.

Turn your journey in Spain into a smooth and hassle-free experience. Contact us today and take the first step to secure your NIE.

Silvia Resende


Silvia Resende

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