The NIE number is mandatory for all foreigners who have professional, financial, or social affairs in Spain, regardless of whether they live in the country. Spain Homes ® experts assist you in getting an NIE number with Zero Failure.
Below you find all the details on how to get an NIE number in Spain to buy property. This guide is mainly for those who need NIE in property purchase matters. For other purposes, the procedure may be different.
What is an NIE Number in Spain?
NIE is an abbreviation for Número de Identidad de Extranjero in Spanish. It is translated as Foreigner’s Identification Number. All foreigners need it for all legal or tax activities in Spain. Children and spouses are also required to obtain an NIE contact number for social security and other activities. But, if you visit Spain for a short time, you do not need to apply for it.
NIE is mainly required for:
- Opening a bank account
- Paying taxes
- Signing contracts and applying for mortgages
- Selling or buying a property in Spain
- Buying a car and getting a driver’s license
- Setting up utilities
- Working legally or establishing a business
- Getting an education in Spain
- All activities of a legal nature
How to Get a Spanish NIE Number?
The application must be made in person to the relevant National Police Station (Policia Nacional). It can also be done with a power of attorney assigned to a lawyer or financial representative. You can also apply for it at the Spanish Embassy in your country of residence.
EU citizens need to apply for an NIE number if they plan to stay in the country for more than 3 months.
The NIE number in Spain costs between 15 and 20 Euros. Fees vary depending on your application type.
Which Documents Needed for NIE Number in Spain?
The documents may vary from one office to another, but you will generally need:
- NIE Application Form (form EX 15 form) (It must be in Spanish.)
- Original passport (current and valid) and a photocopy
- Two photos
- A fee that is paid at the bank with form 790 NIE
- An original document and a copy explaining why you request the NIE, such as a private purchase agreement, deposit agreement, or mortgage approval for a property.
How Long Does it Take to Get an NIE in Spain?
It depends on where and when you apply. You can get the NIE number in person in Spain within a few days, but it can also take weeks.
If you are applying for an NIE number from Spain, it is best to apply one month in advance to ensure you have the number in time to sign the deed. And if you apply for an NIE number through a Spanish consulate abroad, you must apply at least 2 months in advance.
How Long Does a Spanish NIE Number Last?
It is forever and will be yours for life. But, the NIE certificate/card should be renewed every 3 months. In other words, you are not renewing the number, but the document given to you.
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