N.I.E. is an abbreviation for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, which translates as Identification Number for Foreigners, or Foreigners’ Identification Number if you prefer.
If you are buying property
in Spain, then you need to have an NIE number in time to sign the deeds of
purchase,known in Spanish as the escritura
.This is signed before a notary. You also need an NIE number to open a Spanish bank account and to purchase most things including cars.
Getting your NIE number in time for purchasing your property means applying at least 1 month before hand if you are applying in Spain, and at least 2 months before hand if you are applying via a consulate abroad. The actual time it takes depends upon where you apply, and the time of the year. You might be able to get an NIE number in person in Spain in a couple of days, but it could also take weeks, so best allow yourself plenty of time.
There are three ways to apply for a Spanish NIE number:
1. Apply in person in
2. Apply in person via a Spanish Consulate in your home country.
3. Apply through a representative in Spain. (We can help with this).
1. Applying for NIE number in person in Spain
Applying in person for an NIE number whilst in Spain is a relatively
straight forward procedure. You will need an appointment at the local 'Comisaria de Policia' in this area that would be in Reus or Tortosa. We would recommend that you use a local Spanish solicitor for this as they can do everything for you and most of them speak English.
The process is as follows:
Prepare the necessary documentation:
Your passport and copy
Two copies of the EX-15 NIE application form filled in. You can download this at www.exteriores.gob.es
Fee approx 9-13 euros depending on the police station.
2. Applying in person via a Spanish Consulate in your home country
Take the same documentation as above in person to your nearest Spanish Consulate. Depending on your area this can take from 2 weeks to 2 months.
3. Authorise a third party to obtain you NIE number on your behalf
The Spanish Government now permits foreigners to authorise a third party to obtain an NIE number on their behalf.Once authorised they take care of the whole process for you. As mentionedwe would recommend that you use a local Spanish solicitor for this as they can do everything for you and most of them speak English. You would have to give them power of attorney in Spanish 'Poders'.
It is not a difficult process but it does take time. We recommend that if you are serious about buying in Spain that you prepare the NIE number beforehand it saves a lot of time.
Please remember that we will help with the whole process when purchasing a property through us.