How to register on the Padrón

Registering on the Padrón is a simple and straightforward process, providing benefits for you and your community.

Under Spanish law, you are required to register on the Padrón at your Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) if you are resident in Spain for more than three months. The process, which gives the Town Hall an idea of how many people live in the area, determines how much funding the area receives from the Government.

What are the benefits

Access to public services and discounts
Access to income-related benefits and social care
A reduction in taxes
Discounted travel for residents on Spanish islands
Voting rights in local elections
Ability to register for local healthcare
Enrol children in school
Register a car with a Spanish number plate
Despite this, many expats fail to register because they don’t know how to register or because they don’t know why they should register.

Where to register

Ayuntamiento de Marbella, Plaza de los Naranjos s/n, 29601 Marbella
Tel. +34 952 761 100 / Fax +34 952 761 184

Tenencia de Alcaldía de San Pedro Alcántara, Plaza de la Iglesia 1, San Pedro Alcántara, 29670 Marbella
Tel. +34 952 809 800 / Fax +34 952 789 304

Distrito Las Chapas, Calle Pinsapo s/n, 29604 Marbella
Tel. +34 952 768 730 Ext. 3209

Distrito Nueva Andalucía, Avenida Miguel de Cervantes 15, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella
Tel.+34 952 761 600 / Fax +34 952 812 938

How to register

Documentation required by EU residents:

An identity document from your country of origin plus the residence permit issued by the police or your passport.

  • If you are in rented accommodation: Your rental contract and a utility bill (electricity, water or real estate tax) addressed to the contract holder.
  • If you live in your own accommodation: A deed or land registry report or real estate tax for the dwelling.

For minors without a passport, the same documentation as above, except those born in Spain who may use the family record book or birth certificate.

Registration must be renewed according to the following conditions: The town hall will contact you every 2 or 5 years to confirm, if they can not confirm then you will be removed.

You can check with your town hall to check your padrón register at any time. For certain services  (eg social services) you may be required to show a recent padrón certificate which is less than 3 months
old. You can obtain this at your local town hall.

EU residents:
Every 2 years for those in possession of an NIE (Foreigners’ Identification Number) dated prior to 2007 or who have never received one. 
Every 5 years for those in possession of an NIE (Foreigners’ Identification Number) dated after 2007.

Non-EU residents:
Every 2 years for those with temporary residence.
Every 5 years for those who have a permanent or residence card or residence permit.

Give your documentation to a clerk at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and they will give you a confirmation of your registration. Take a copy of this and file it safely.

In some cases, such as applying for a school placement or social care, you may be required to have an up-to-date Padrón certificate – one which has been issued within the last 3 months.

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