If you are moving to Madrid to stay for more than 3 months, if you want to buy a property or start a company, you are legally required to get a NIE, “Número de Identificación Fiscal de Extranjeros”, or “Foreigners Registration Number”.
Please be aware, that the number itself is very different from getting a residency or visa. It is just a number and can be obtained at the same time as residency or not.
In this process, we will explain how to get the number and nothing else in the quickest waywhen in Madrid. If not, ask via your consulate.
There are many other ways, but this way is the quickest and easiest we have found after feedback from clients and readers.
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1) go to Calle San Felipe 7 early with your passport ready
No appointment needed. It’s the one official place where you can obtain your NIE quickly, the “COMISARÍA GENERAL DE EXTRANJERÍA”, metro Tetuan.
There might be a queue. Opening hours are from 9:00 to 13:00. I recommend to go there at 8:30. Make sure you bring your passport and 2 photocopies of its first relevant pages.
You do not need any other papers, like the Padrón. Just your passport, which will carry normally any visa you have if relevant.
As strange as it might seem, they have no phone number nor email contact available but you can get all your questions there if you speak Spanish.
There is a lot of information online on how to do it, on many official spanish government websites even, unfortunately the information is very unupdated, so you might find obsolete forms or even addresses of offices that are no longer in use.
You will come in, be given a numberand a form to pay a 10,90€ tax in cash at the bank next door while you wait for your turn.BBVA around the corner, on calle orense 58 is the closest.
You will also be given a spanish form in which you have to fill in your anagraphical information (date of birth, address in madrid etc.). Even if you speak zero spanish this is a very basic and simple form, so don’t be discouraged by it. People at the counter will help you out if you are not sure on how to fill in certain parts.
WARNING: Some of you may be discouraged to go further when passing by the reception, especially if there is a queue. Do not lose your smile, the password is: “I need it to open a bank account”.
2) go to BBVA Bank at calle Orense 58 to pay the relevant tax
Just go there, with the form, and be ready to pay in cash at the counter the tax for the NIE request.
3) Come back to San Felipe & done !
Come back to San Felipe with your form, your paid tax and conclude the process by getting your NIE immediately!
Bonus: Go with all the possibly relevant papers prepared (better too much than not enough) and be very positive. Also:
- Talk some Spanish, if possible
- stay open minded and positive,
- always ask for specific actions to solve problems that arise,
- you will receive a temporary NIE number, which in fact will not change afterwards, as a bank account number – the actual certificate is temporary.
You will be able to use this number for all your procedures and needs. If you need to have the definite certificate, you will be given simple and specific steps directly at the office where you are getting your first temporary NIE.
After all that, you will be able to boast your certificate in expat parties, and be sure no bureaucratic door will be closed to you ;-).
With a NIE, you can for instance open a bank account with whatever bank you want, instead of having to limit yourself to bank that accept passports.
Now you received your NIE number that will never change, it’s permanent. However the common A4 where it’s printed is valid only for 3 months. Within these 3 months you need to:
- Make an appointment to go to Calle Padre Piquer 18 and get your final NIE card;
- Go to local bank to pay 10.50€ fee w/ appropriate form;
- And finally go to Calle Padre Piquer 18 on the day of your appointment with the form and fee receipt in order to get your final NIE Card; which is a soft plastic business card sized, green card.
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