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NIE Numbers

Find out what NIE numbers in Spain are, why you need them and how to get them.

You may have heard about these strange things called N.I.E. numbers. They might sound mysterious to the non-Spanish but they are simply a number that is assigned to foreigners who have assets in Spain, both residents and non-residents.

NIE numbers

You need this number for many procedures, including opening a bank account (resident or non-resident), buying a car, even, on occasions, accepting a package through the postal system. The actual N.I.E. number, when produced from a National Police Station in Spain is printed out on a piece of paper, along with a stamp and signature provided by the National Police and this sheet of paper is often used as a form of identity. Once you have been issued an N.I.E. number, it is yours for life, although this paper certificate is only valid for three months from the date of issue.

Although largely ignored by the vast majority of foreigners up until the year 2005, the National Tax Identification number of Spain has been a requirement for all individuals conducting any type of business within Spain that involves purchasing or selling any items. The Spanish government have linked the N.I.E. number to various other departments such as the Social Security and residence (e.g. including the N.I.E. number on the tarjeta de residencia - residence card).

Whilst it is possible to obtain an N.I.E. number via the Spanish Embassy, or using Power of Attorney, the simplest way to to do it in person when you are in Spain. This normally involves queing outside the Police Station to sumbit your application having filled in the form and having your passports and photographs ready. You will be told the number there and then but, you would have to go back at a later date to collect the certificate. It is also necessary to register the number with the tax office and the fee must be paid over the counter at a bank to obtain proof of payment.

This might sound a bit daunting, especially if you don't 'hablo' any 'español' but we will be happy to guide you through the process. For a small fee, we can :

  • make an appointment at the Police Station in Denia
  • take you to the Police Station in Denia
  • have someone sit with you whilst the application is made
  • pay the fee at the bank on your behalf
  • register the number with the tax office
  • collect the certificate when it is ready (we can post this to you or you can collect it when you come to buy your dream home)
  • bring you back to Javea (or wherever you happen to be staying, within reason)

If you have any queries, please get in touch and we will help you as best we can.

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