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NIE Number


Foreigners Identity Number (NIE) in Spanish; Número de Identidad de Extranjero)

Foreign/Non-Spanish Nationals who, for economic, professional or social interests, are to live in Spain require an NIE for the purposes of identification.

An NIE number is necessary for example, in the purchase of a house enabling the Spanish authorities to identify you in their government and social databases – very much like a national insurance number in the UK. You will need an NIE number for example, to register with your local town hall (Padrón municipal de habitants).


The NIE can be applied for in three ways

  • Present the application in Spain personally, in which case proof of being legally in Spain and documents which justify the reasons for having the NIE.
  • An accredited representative in Spain with the correct legal powers, either general or specific, can make the application on behalf of the ´person making the application, and requires documents which justify the reasons for having the NIE.
  • Applications made in a Spanish diplomatic mission or consulate located in the country in which the person making the application is domiciled, requiring the documents which justify the reasons for having the NIE.


There are four documents which are required to make the application

  • Completed and signed original application form EX 15 and a photocopy (original returned).
  • Passport and photocopy
  • Address in Spain
  • Written justification of why you need the NIE (issued by an accountant, a notary, a bank manager, an insurance agent a future employer, etc.)

You can apply for an NIE number by visiting this Government website, or the most simple and hassle free way would be, to consulate your legal representative and have him/her apply for your NIE number on your behalf for the purposes of buying a Spanish home.

In the case of presenting the application in Spain personally, some bigger localities (like Almeria) require booking an appointment online beforehand.

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