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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.

Buying a House



Mobile Phone

Getting a Mobile Contract

Tax Income Reports

Paying Taxes in Spain

Euro Coin

Opening a Bank Account

Loading the Washing Machine

Registering for Utilities

Hospital Corridor

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  They are no longer valid for only 3 months, they are permanent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

Documents needed

Make sure you take both the copies and the original passports

To apply for your N.I.E you will need the following documents:

  • 2 copies of your passport page (showing name, number, photo)

  • Your original passport copy

  • An EX15 Form - download here

  • A (012 790) NIE fee form - download here

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

  • Actual passport

  • Completed EX 15 form

  • Completed NIE Fee form

  • 15-20 Euro in cash for payment

How can we help?

Lawyer with Clients

At Mallorca Expats, we have vetted a number of legal and immigration professionals that can advise, assist and manage the residency and Visa process for you.  Feel free to get in touch for a no-obligation introduction 

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