NIE number

The NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a Spanish tax identification number assigned by the Spanish authorities to any foreigner.

The number is unique and personal and is used as a way of tracking an individual's financial and official activities in Spain. It is a legal requirement for all resident and non-resident foreigners with financial, professional or social affairs in Spain - regardless of whether they are EU citizens or from a non-EU country.

The number is non-transferable and it does not expire.

An NIE number is needed to:

·Open a bank account

·Buy, sell or insure property

·Arrange credit terms or a mortgage

·Pay taxes

·Be paid for employment

·Use short-term employment agencies

·To study

·Apply for a business permit and start a business

·Register with social services and arrange receipt of social security benefits

·Apply for a driver's licence

·Arrange any utility account except for pre-paid mobile phones

·Inherit assets

Follow these steps to obtain a NIE number:

If you do not speak Spanish you will need to take a translator with you, or have your Lawyer or Gestor apply on your behalf with a Power of Attorney.

1. Fill out the online NIE application form (EX-15), and print. You can also obtain this form at any NIE office.

2. If you're in Spain, go to the police station or Oficina de Extranjeros that serves the area where you are purchasing a Property.

Outside of Spain, go to the nearest Spanish Consulate (the "Consulate dept legalizaciones", not the Embassy).

You must take:

The filled-out form including the reason why you need a NIE.This may involve supporting copy documents depending on your current country of residence.

A copy of your passport (all pages)

A passport sized photo

Tax Form 790 with a bank paid stamp.

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