Registering The Padron

Registration with the Padrón Municipal de Habitantes is obligatory for anyone planning to reside in Spain for more than six months per year. Residents may register individually or as a family. To be registered is to be “empadronado“.  Here is a quick overview on what The Padron is and how to successfully register.

When the Padron is needed?

The Certificado de Empadronamiento means that you are registered with the Town hall in the city of Madrid.  It may be required for the following:

  • Apply for the NIE (Numero de Identification de Extranjeros)
  • Apply for residency (Residencia)
  • Apply for a local health insurance card
  • Buy or sell a car
  • Register a child in school
  • Vote
  • Get married

How to Register

In Madrid, registration for the Empadronmiento must be made in person at the town hall or neighbourhood administrative office (Junta Municipal): . Obtaining the Certificado de Empadronamiento is a fairly quick and easy process.

To register, you will need the following documents:

  • A completed application form (available at your local registration office)
  • Identification such as a passport, and a photocopy; if registering as a family, ID is needed for each individual
  • Proof of address, such as a utility bill, rental contract agreement or copies of the property title deeds

If you are renting a room in an apartment but your name is not on the rental contract:

  • A completed Autorización de Empadronamiento (available from the town hall) which requires that the person who holds the rental agreement also be registered on the Padrón Municipal
  • A photocopy of the leaseholder’s identification

Normally a Temporary Registration Certificate (Volante de Empadronamiento) is issued on the same day of application.  You will receive the official certificate in the mail.

Renewal of the Padron

Non-EU citizens who do not have a permanent residence must renew their registration on the Empadronamiento every 2 years. EU citizens living as permanent residents of Spain do not need to renew and will be considered a resident in that community unless otherwise notified. EU citizens only need to re-register if they move home or there is a change in personal circumstances for (example; the birth of a child, divorce, etc).

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