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How Do I Apply for a N.I.E.?

Download the EX15 form from our Library or FAQs Residency section. Make an appointment ‘cita previa’ at your foreigners office at your station of the ‘Policia Nacional’ Take your valid passport and photo copies of the first and photo pages. Have an address, yours or fiscal. Present completed form. They will assist you if you are not sure how to do this. You will be provided with a form 790 ‘tasa’ (tax) Visit nearest bank and pay the fee. Return and you will be given a page of the 790. Return with this on date advised (usually a few days) and collect your NIE certificate. Nowadays they state that the certificate is valid for three months* but the NIE is valid as your number of identification fiscal for life. This number does not change.

You can also apply from abroad through the Spanish consulates.

Example of the NIE EX15 english to help you complete form.

Update April 2016.

Your NIE will no longer have an expiry date.

You may be given an extra form where you now have to give full details of the reason of applying for the NIE:(this form is an example only and not for re-use)Application details

Detail Form

Reasons for applying for NIE.

A) Professional:

Employment: Self employed: Type of activity. Street and town. Number of persons who may be employed besides the petitioner.
Employed: Employers, type of contract, date of initiation of contract and term, profession and category of
profession, who covers healthcare, the employer or employee and the name of the health provider.

Economical: Opening a bank account or other related to banking. Provide the name and address of bank. Name the bank and the
And the intended reasons and motives detailed.
In relation to the tax office. Provide information on transactions on: Taxes, any transactions involving taxes
including the payment of and of inheritance matters. Specify in detail such as; purchases, sales, Donations as
gifts, transfer dominions of all types. Whichever judicial acts.

Social: Details of the social act taking part in, including private or private social events.


#CABSpain note*  A couple of the advisers are concerned about the legality of this additional form and especially if it is not from the Ministry of the Interior. We are looking into this matter.

The EX15 can be downloaded from the certificates and forms section in FAQs

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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