How to Obtain Your NIE for Legal Procedures in Spain

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What is it?

The NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a unique identification number assigned to non-Spanish nationals who have a legal interest in Spain. It is essential for various administrative tasks such as property purchase, employment, and other legal activities in Spain.

Who needs it?

Non-Spanish nationals who plan to live, work, or conduct significant legal procedures in Spain need an NIE. This includes expatriates, foreign students, and individuals intending to purchase property or start a business in Spain.


  1. Determine Your Need for NIE: Understand the specific reason you need an NIE. Common reasons include employment, property purchases, and opening a bank account.

  2. Gather Required Documents: Collect all necessary documents. This generally includes:

    • Completed EX-15 form.
    • Valid passport and a photocopy.
    • Justification for NIE request (job contract, property purchase document, etc.).
    • Proof of appointment booking (if required).
  3. Book an Appointment:

    • In some regions, it is mandatory to book an appointment in advance. You can do this through the Sede Electrónica de la Secretaría de Estado de Administraciones Públicas.
    • An example for booking appointments in Madrid can be found here .
  4. Attend Your Appointment: Go to the designated immigration office with all required documents. Ensure you adhere to the appointment date and time. A fee may be required which is payable at the office or pre-payment might be necessary – instructions will be provided when booking the appointment.

  5. Wait for Confirmation: Post submission, your NIE will be processed. Processing times can vary, so ensure you follow up if there are any delays.

  6. Receive Your NIE: You will be notified by the immigration office once your NIE is ready for collection. Collect it as per the instructions provided.

Required Documents

  • EX-15 Form: The application form for NIE which can be downloaded from the official Spanish government website.
  • Passport and a Photocopy: Your valid passport and a clear photocopy of the main page.
  • Justification Document: A document that justifies the request for NIE, such as a job contract, property purchase deed, bank account opening requirement, etc.
  • Proof of Appointment Booking: If you booked an appointment online, bring the confirmation printout.
  • Payment Receipt: Some regions require you to pre-pay the NIE application fee. The receipt for this payment must be provided.

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Additional details

It’s important to stay updated with the local immigration office’s requirements, as procedures can change. Applicants are advised to check the Spanish Immigration Office Website for the latest information and potential updates on processing times and document requirements.


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