The NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is the counterpart to a DNI for Spanish citizens. The NIE is the identification number in Spain for everyone who is not a Spanish citizen. Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens get issued a NIE. The NIE is not a fiscal residency identification; you can have a NIE and be fiscal resident in another country.
Follow these steps to obtain a NIE number:
- Fill out the online NIE application form (EX-15), and print. You can also obtain this form at any NIE office. See the above links for help in filling out this form.
- If you're in Spain, go to the police station or Oficina de Extranjeros.
- In some areas you may need to make an appointment and this can be done using the following link: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/pagina/index/directorio/icpplus
- If you are applying for an NIE outside of Spain, go to the nearest Spanish Consulate (the "Consulate dept legalizaciones", not the Embassy).
You must bring:
- The filled-out form (EX-15)
- A supporting document (your base letter stating you are based in Spain for example) showing why you need a NIE.
- A copy of your passport (all pages)
- A passport photo
- Approx. 12€ to pay Tax Form 790 which will be given to you by the police station upon application.
Please note that the required documents to apply for an NIE number differ per region in Spain and are updated regularly. So whilst this document is aimed at assisting you, it is only a guide and it is your responsibility to ensure you comply with the varied application process.