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How to get a NIE number in Spain

Get your foreign ID number quickly and reliably with our service. The NIE number allows you as an ex-pat in Spain to achieve your personal, financial, or professional goals.

🇪🇸 Why NIE do I need an NIE Number?

We can guide and assist you with all the steps to get your NIE Number in Spain.

The NIE, or “Número de Identidad del Extranjero” is your foreign identification number. It’s what you’ll need if you’re a foreigner or ex-pat living, working, or studying in Spain. 

The Spanish government issues this number in order to register foreign citizens. If you’re planning to live in Spain, you will have to get the right residence permit and NIE. Apply for a Foreign ID Card with Lexidy today. We’re here to help you every step of the way to get your NIE Number in Spain.

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How can a lawyer help get an NIE Number?

Getting your NIE Number in Spain might sound complex, but with the right legal help, it’s a breeze. Here’s how we can assist you:

NIE Through Power of Attorney:

  • We can obtain your NIE on your behalf using a Spanish Power of Attorney (POA).
  • No need to worry about the different types of POAs in Spain; we’ll explain which one suits you best.
  • The best part? You won’t have to make constant trips to Spain. Your attorney will handle the legal stuff, saving you time, money, and hassle.
  • The Power of Attorney process is straightforward. We’ll define our role and create the necessary documents with your input, which will then be checked by a Notary Public.
  • It’s important to note that ‘durable Power of Attorney’ doesn’t apply in Spain, which is actually beneficial in the long run.

NIE at the Consulate or Embassy:

  • If you prefer, we can also assist you in obtaining your NIE number at the Consulate or Embassy in your home country, providing you with guidance and support.

Why NIE Matters:

  • Your NIE is a vital document, essential for various purposes, including buying property, signing leases, opening bank accounts, and establishing companies.
  • It even plays a role in estate planning for wills and final testaments.

Our team at Lexidy is here to help you navigate these processes, whether it’s through Power of Attorney or completing the NIE application with your personal information. So why wait? Let’s get started on your NIE journey today!

The NIE is an ID number that’s assigned to foreigners or ex-pats in Spain. Every non-Spanish person must have this number. Without this legal document, you cannot:

  • buy a property or real estate
  • open a bank account
  • create a business
  • sign a lease
  • find a job
  • sign a work contract
  • file a tax return

The NIE only refers to the number itself. If you obtain a foreign identity card or your EU Certificate in Spain, the NIE number will be on the document. It is one of the most important documents you can have in Spain.

Each foreign resident must complete an NIE application form to apply and get an NIE number. This is called Form EX-15 and is available online. It must be completed in Spanish as applications in English will be rejected. The application process requires you to share some personal information.

When applying, you must book an appointment before visiting any physical offices. If you are abroad, it must be any police station in the region of residence or the Spanish Consulate. Usually, the waiting period is from one to three weeks depending on the area and Consulate general.

Your NIE will be printed on your EU Certificate, which is a green card given to registered EU citizens in Spain.

We work with immigration offices across Spain to make the application process simple. Speak with an immigration lawyer about how to get an NIE in Spain.

1. We work with you to draft the Power of Attorney. Together we will define the scope of things like financial powers. This usually takes around one day

2. The Power of Attorney is signed before a Public Notary. This also takes around one day to complete.

3. The Power of Attorney needs to be formally stamped if it’s signed abroad. This takes between two days and two weeks depending on the country.

4. The Power of Attorney documentation must need be sent to our offices. This step takes between two days and a week, depending on the country.

5. We then submit the NIE application form to the authorities and obtain the NIE. Typically, it takes around three business days. We will handle any interactions with the immigration office.

Non-EU citizens will need to complete Form 790, which can be obtained here and requires sharing some personal information. We support many clients with completing and filing these forms if you have doubts.2. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Once you are granted the NIE, it does not change and will be yours for life. However, you may be asked for a residence permit or a non-resident NIE certificate issued within the last 90 days for certain specific procedures.

The NIE is the Foreigner’s Identity Number, the NIF is the tax identity number. All NIEs are valid as NIFs but not all NIFs are NIEs.

While it isn’t an official ID number, or número de identificación, many use it for this purpose  

No, in order to work in Spain you need an NIE number linked to a residence and work permit.

In case you are an EU citizen you can apply for a residence and work permit in the Spanish territory. If you are a non-EU citizen, you need to apply from your home country.

If you are unsure if your immigration status allows you to work, speak with a lawyer. They will explain your options for work permits.

You can rent a property only with your passport, however, the landlord may require you to have an NIE. Despite this, it is not legally required.

No, the mere fact of having an NIE number does not allow you to reside in Spain. In order to reside in Spain, you will need to apply for a residence permit.

You can find out more about Spain’s residence permits here

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Akif Can Taşkent
Akif Can Taşkent
15:21 16 Oct 23
Myself and my wife wanted to apply for Spain's digital nomad visa from our home country of Turkey and we decided to get help from a local law firm and chose Lexidy. Unfortunately for us, the process did not go as we planned and we regret paying €3000 to Lexidy.- Ever since the beginning, we felt that Lexidy was not familiar with the overall process of digital nomad visa application from Turkey - we believe that accepting our case was a mistake for them.- Lexidy was not aware of the fact that the NIE application had to be done beforehand (we provided this information to Lexidy) and this caused us a 6-week delay in the application process- We could not communicate with the embassy properly and neither could Lexidy- Lexidy filled the NIE forms incorrectly (the embassy wanted our Turkish address and Lexidy recommended to type the city where we wanted to reside in in Spain) - on top of this, they told us that applying for NIE was normally a separate service for which they would normally charge €400 per person. A service that they didn't know was a requirement :)- Lexidy insisted that the translations needed to be done in Spain, and we found out at the application center that most of the documents did not even need to be translated- Lexidy was not aware that an apostilled criminal records certificate from Germany would be necessary (I lived in Germany for 6 months in the past 5 years) - we found out about this at the application centre.- Lexidy did not inform us that we needed to have private health insurance in Spain in order to apply from Turkey - the declaration stating that we would apply for social security in Spain was not sufficient (Lexidy told us that it would be sufficient). Because we didn't have the apostilled criminal records certificate and health insurance, the application centre did not accept our application.We discussed these shortcomings on Lexidy's part and asked for a full refund, but Lexidy only refunded €1000. We ended up doing the research, figuring out the process, and paying €2000 for some emails that didn't really help in our process. I do not recommend their services.
Arran Lake
Arran Lake
22:20 06 Jun 23
Poor experience to be honest. Filled out a form to obtain my NIE tax number for Spain on their website.There was a box to tick on there form that asked if I wanted help with a lawyer for buying property, I ticked “NO” the advisor “Alejandro” broke the terms and conditions of my right not to marketed to and reached out anyway multiple times. I decided to book a meeting because even though I have no intention to buy property at least I would learn about the process.Alejandro without even a email or a sorry didn’t turn up to the meeting but his colleague was sent to fill in for him. His colleague was nice and was able to learn lots from him.We agreed they could help with obtaining the NIE and later down the line probably my visa too.Alejandro was suppose to reach back out however after one week, no response. I followed up, again no response.After 33 days Alejandro reaches back out to say “ We still have no answer regarding the possibility of obtaining NIEs for our clients.”In my opinion Alejandro isn’t interested in the small commission from obtaining the NIE. He only wants the big commission from selling a property. This is why he broke the terms and conditions on their application process.My experience with Alejandro has been very poor and disappointing would avoid using him!
Blake Yu
Blake Yu
12:13 30 May 23
I'm an expat / tech worker from the US and have been in contact Lexidy since I moved to Barcelona roughly a year ago and have to say it's been very convenient having help centralized across tax, immigration, and labor. Want to give a shout out to Monica Lopez, Gabriela Baly, Sara Rinaldi & Sara Fraile for all being very professional / supporting me as things have come up!I've already referred a few friends in that are interested in moving to spain on nomad visas. Gracias por todo!
RICHARD BRITTON
RICHARD BRITTON
21:46 29 Jun 22
We contacted Lexidy Law boutique when we recently moved from Cyprus to open a new chapter in our lives to move into a house in Brittany that we had bought 12 years previously. We had underestimated the twists and turns involved in obtaining residency in France - so we contacted Lexidy Law Boutique and were assigned Eleonore, an immigration lawyer well acquainted with French immigration laws. From the very beginning we realised she was determined that we should have a successful outcome and she guided us expertly to avoid all the pitfalls in the process of applying for residency. She even accompanied us to the prefecture and ensured that everything went smoothly - without her presence we might well have not succeeded.We thank and highly recommend Eleonore and Lexidy Law Boutique.
Irene Riportella
Irene Riportella
16:12 13 Jun 22
Excelente atención de Alejandro, me indicó todos los procedimientos necesarios para tramitar el NIE y me envió un presupuesto rápidamente. Muchas gracias!
Phil S
Phil S
20:13 22 May 22
We have just completed the purchase of a new build apartment in Catalunya. Lexidy were recommended to me by a colleague who'd relocated from the US to the Costa Brava. As non Spanish/Catalan speakers, it was a great relief to have people we could trust working on all aspects of the purchase - including arranging a bank account, NIE's and the wifi..! From the initial meeting over Zoom to the final transaction Carlota and Antonia provided first class service and communication. And by providing them with Power of Attorney it meant we could do most of the things we needed to do without leaving the UK.
Aleksandar Vorinski
Aleksandar Vorinski
08:12 25 Apr 22
I recently purchased apartment, got NIE and opened bank account with their help. I m satisfied with their service, they are accurate and responsible.
Simone Bech
Simone Bech
11:43 22 Mar 22
I hired Alejandro to help me get my NIE. I needed the process to go fast, as my future workplace wanted me to start ASAP. Alejandro promised me that I would get it within 3-8 workdays, and he managed to do so. He made the process sooooo easy for me! I would recommend Alejandro any time.
ne1 so71k
ne1 so71k
00:08 04 Jan 22
I am happy with my experience with Lexidy Law Boutique. The lawyer who was helping me was easy to communicate with on the phone, and he kept me informed by email along the way. They obtained my NIE for me in the time frame that they said. I would recommend them.
Signore Raffaele
Signore Raffaele
12:53 07 Sep 21
The service I have received from Hector has been extraordinary.He has helped me opening bank accounts, managing my NIE and setting up my company's branch in Spain.I am very grateful for the help and the exceptional treatment and management.I won't hesitate to contact him again for any other business I may need.
Miguel Rosato
Miguel Rosato
15:31 14 Jul 21
I arrived in Madrid on the last week of June 2021. Two weeks later I already had the NIE for my family and my own, and was already signed in in Madrid Municipality. I strongly recommend Lexidy for their professional work, Specially David Planes, who followed my case before and after arrival.
Daniel Zuckerman
Daniel Zuckerman
15:04 10 Nov 20
I couldn’t be happier with my experience with Lexidy and their excellent attorneys. After months of trying unsuccessfully to navigate the maze of Spanish bureaucracy, I finally got the help I needed. Max Agazzi Paulet and his team were extremely professional and knowledgeable and were able to quickly give me the information I needed to successfully move forward with my application. Without hesitation, I would recommend Lexidy to anyone dealing with Spanish immigration law and/or real estate issues.
Vincent Crudden
Vincent Crudden
14:49 06 Oct 20
Used Lexidy Law for my EU Registry Certificate and NIE number. Also for my registration with the Town Hall. My contact at the firm was Laura Fuste. Very knowledgeable, responsive, and professional. Helped me navigate with having a staff member present with me at the various appointments which was extremely helpful to me as I am a beginner student of the Spanish language. Highly recommend.
Afrodelica
Afrodelica
18:07 17 Sep 20
I would like to explicitly thank Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet for being of tremendous help to myself and to my family. As an American citizen it can be exceedingly difficult to wrestle with the European beaurocratic system let alone in Cataluña in catalan. He accompanied me through the entire process and demistified what seemed insurmountable upon my arrival. I highly recommend anyone who is need of legal advice please seek out Maximiliano as you will not be disappointed
Matt M
Matt M
14:33 17 Sep 20
El servicio de este estudio de abogados es realmente genial, me comunique con ellos desde América y me han asesorado durante meses sin pedirme realmente un pago temprano antes de ver si era viable la consulta (a diferencia de otros estudios) sumado que son muy cálidos y saben de verdad lo que hacen.Siendo yo abogado tambien, conozco el rubro y me parece excelente que trabajen de la misma manera que lo hago yo, poniendo al cliente primero.Todo el asesoramiento lo recibí durante la situación de COVID-19 y estamos por cerrar pronto la gestión con ellos.Mayormente estuve hablando con Maximiliano tanto por mail como por teléfono y en general son super recomendables, sin duda volvería a a trabajar con ellos.
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