Obtaining your N.I.E
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Mallorca Expats. It can be intimidating to face a crucial step in the documentation process if you don't know your way around the system. Whether you are to be a resident in Spain or not, intend to own a property or start a business here, you will require a N.I.E.
We have taken the pain out of registering for your N.I.E with our easy step-by-step guide below. Just follow the guide and links to register quickly and easily.
What is an N.I.E?
The N.I.E (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is your personal tax identification number and is essential for all financial and many governmental and non-governmental interactions. It is mandatory for anyone (resident or non-resident) that has a home, financial interests or business affairs in Spain.
For EU residents, you can apply for an N.I.E number at any time, but preferably 3 months prior to residency from their home country. People from non-EU will generally receive the N.I.E number with their residency application.
Why do I need it ?
You cannot do any of the following without first obtaining an N.I.E.
Click on each one for more information.
Getting a Mobile Contract
Paying Taxes in Spain
Opening a Bank Account
Registering for Utilities
Accessing Social Security
What an N.I.E isn't
1. Your N.I.E certificate is not Spanish residency (T.I.E), this has to be applied for separately
2. You cannot exchange a foreign driving licence in Spain with only an N.I.E
3. They are no longer valid for only 3 months, they are permanent
How to get your N.I.E
What to do
It can take time to get an appointment is Spain so applying before you leave your home country can speed up the process
Complete sections 1,3,4 of the EX15 form in Spanish and in capital letters (section 2 only needed if another person will be representing you).
Complete the (012 790) fee form.
Print out the forms
Make an appointment at the nearest Spanish consulate in your home country (this is the quickest way).
If making an appointment in the Balearics go to this link.
On the day, bring all copies and documents listed above and present yourself to the consulate or the foreigner´s office (Extranjería), you will receive your N.I.E the same day
The fee must be paid in cash (around 10-15 Euro, or equivalent in local currency).. They may ask you to go to a nearby bank, pay the fee and return with proof of payment. Be prepared to take this extra time into account.
Ensure you have everything you need ready
Copy of main passport page
Completed EX 15 form
Completed NIE Fee form
€15-€20 Euro in cash for payment