How to apply for an NIE
A NIE is required for any type of process in Spain if you live here, do business or own a property, (such as opening a bank account, registering for a doctor etc.). It does not mean you are resident, (you can have a NIE but still live full-time in another country), and does not affect your tax resident status.
To apply for an NIE (Número de Identificación Extranjeros), you will need to complete an EX-15 form. You can download an EX-15 form here. You must complete this form in its Spanish form, here is a helpful translation to help you. You will then need to take the completed form and documents to your nearest National police station:
Two originals of the filled-out form
A copy of your passport (all pages) and the original
Two copies of passport photo
You will need to pay a small tax (approx 12 euros-the bank will tell you how much) by filling in 790-012 available online and taking the form to any bank to pay it, before going to the police station.
This company will also help to get your NIE number for you anywhere in mainland Spain for a very reasonable cost.
Please note: This is no longer dealt with at the National Police Station in Marbella. The new Oficina de Extranjería (for all Foreigners’ Requirements) is at : Avenida Duque de Lerma, Edif. Espana Local 2, Marbella. Tel: +34 952 820 561 / +34 952 865 793 (this road is just off the roundabout near MacDonalds before the turning to La Cañada).
Please note: The information provided above is based on our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice. It is provided freely to help you to be better informed. If you are considering taking action, we recommend you seek professional advice.