We received a web enquiry not long ago abut the NIE number.
In this blog we want to answer all the questions involved in getting the NIE.
What is this NIE number?
All foreigners with any kind of possible fiscal (tax) obligations here in Spain are required to obtain a foreigner’s identity number. This certificate is called an NIE (“Número de Identificación para Extranjero”). This document identifies you to the Spanish tax authorities.
In conclusion, this is very similar to the National Insurance number which you have in your own country. Of course, buying a car, someone will need to pay road tax.
Why do I need an NIE number in Spain?
The original NIE certificate is essential to complet many of the transactions on a daily basis in Spain.
- Buying and selling a property
- Getting a car registered in your name
- Getting a job
- Opening a bank account
- Pay taxes in Spain
- Become self-employed
- Start a business
- Study in Spain
The NIE certificate is a doccument that is valid for 3 months. But really you only need to renew it for some Traffic matters. For most other issues the original or a copy certificate suffices.
How to get an NIE certificate in Spain?
NIE applications can be submitted while living or visiting Spain. You nees to make an appointment to the Spanish National Police station dedicated to foreign documentation.
You can also apply for a NIE number at the Spanish embassy located in your country.
In Spain, the NIE number can be requested either by you or via an authorised figure (as Spanish Solutions) holding a Spanish power of attorney.
You should check the requirements regarding the legalisation and translation of foreign documents.
How can Spanish Solutions can help you?
We will prepare the paperwork for the NIE application and then accompany you to the relevant issuing office to obtain this certificate.
Also, we will need a copy of your passport and a passport picture.