How to Obtain a Green NIE Resident Certificate in Spain

Table of Contents


What is it?

A resident certificate in Spain, commonly referred to as “Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión” or simply the “green NIE”, is a document proving that you are a legally registered resident in Spain. This certificate is necessary for various administrative and legal purposes such as opening a bank account, enrolling in the public healthcare system, and more.

Who needs it?

  • EU citizens planning to stay in Spain for a period of longer than three months.
  • Individuals who need to prove their residency status for legal or administrative reasons.


  1. Obtain a White NIE: Before applying for the green NIE, ensure that you have already obtained a white NIE, which is typically issued upon your legal entry to Spain.

  2. Gather Required Documents: Compile the necessary documentation, including:

    • Passport or valid ID
    • Proof of employment or financial solvency
    • Proof of address in Spain
    • Completed application form EX-18
  3. Schedule an Appointment: Use the official Spanish Government website to schedule an appointment at the nearest “Oficina de Extranjeros” or police station that handles foreign registrations.

  4. Attending the Appointment: Bring all the gathered documents to your appointment. Additionally, bring photocopies of each document. Be prepared to pay an administrative fee, which can usually be done at a nearby bank.

  5. Receive the Certificate: After your documents are reviewed and approved, you will receive your green NIE certificate, confirming your resident status.

Required Documents

  • Passport or valid ID: Ensure it is up to date and bring both original and copies.
  • Proof of employment or financial solvency: This can include a work contract, bank statements, or proof of sufficient funds.
  • Proof of address: A rental contract, utility bill, or a “padrón” certificate, which you can obtain from your local town hall.
  • Application form EX-18: This form can be downloaded from the official Spanish government website.

Providers that can do it for you

(We are currently curating the best providers. If you are or know a provider, please contact us or edit the page directly)


Additional details

  • It’s highly recommended to check for any updates on requirements and document lists on official Spanish government websites as these can change.
  • Appointments can be in high demand, especially in larger cities, so it is advisable to book well in advance.
  • If you encounter any issues or require assistance, consider reaching out to forums or expat communities for up-to-date advice and guidance from peers who have undergone the process.


Improve this article by using the contact form or editing it through our open-source GitHub repository: tramitit/guides