The NIE number

Why do we need a NIE number? How do I get it?

Getting a NIE number

Why do I need a NIE number?

As soon as a foreigner becomes the owner of a property in Spain, he/she is obligated to have a fiscal number, the NIE (Numero de Identificación de Extranjeros).

Not only will you need this number when insuring your new home or for paying taxes. Almost everything you need to do in Spain will require a NIE number, whether it’s opening a bank account, buying a vehicle, insuring your car, getting a license, setting up a company or even registering for national social security health plan.

The equivalent of the NIE number for Spanish nationals is called the NIF (Número de Identificación Fiscal).

How can I request a NIE number?

There are three ways on how you can get this number:

  • Either you request this number via, which will cost you around 30-45 Euros.
  • Or your real estate agent / relocation agent is able to help you
  • Or you request this number on your own.

In case you prefer to go through this process yourself, we've created this small and hands-on guide. Just follow these three steps:

  1. Download and fill out the necessary document EX-15
    1. You can find this document on this website of the ministerio del interior
    2. If you are having trouble with the Spanish words, you might find the translation from suite life or ministerio del interior useful.
  2. Make an online appointment by clicking “acceder al Procedimiento”
  3. Go to the Foreigners office (Oficina de Extranjeros) where you made the appointment and bring the necessary documents with you:
    1. 2 recent photos
    2. Passport and copy
    3. Your (new) address in Spain
    4. The completed EX-15 document
    5. For non-EU citizens: proof of legal entry into Spain
    6. Money to pay the NIE application fee (less than 20 euro)
    7. Something to read while queueing

You can also apply for the NIE number before going to Spain by visiting the Spanish embassy or consul in your home country. Or you can try one of the many online services that can request this number for you. However, fees may be higher by taking one of these options.

How long does it take to receive the NIE number?

After completing the necessary steps to require this number, it can take 2 up to (exceptionally) 7 weeks before you can pick up your NIE card.