For the sake of clarity, the following briefly describes what is important for the application number:
- Power of Attorney must bear the stamp and signature of the civil-law notary.
- A copy of the passport must bear a stamp and signature of the civil-law notary.
- Adding Apostille is important.
- Add recent photo which differs from passport photo. This recent photo should be in passport photo format.
- Preferably send mail by DHL express.
- We request a private document of proxy. So no notarial deed.
A NIE Number is a tax identification number to be used in Spain. Prior to purchasing a property, selling a property, obtaining a mortgage, starting up a business or working in Spain, it is a requirement by law that every individual possess an NIE Number. The application process is laborious and time consuming, and without the use of a service such as ours, would require normally two trips to Spain, and over 10 hours of waiting in queues, along with the filling out of complex application forms.
The actual NIE Number, when produced from a National Police Station in Spain is printed out on a piece of paper, and this sheet of paper is often used as a form of identity. Once you have been issued an NIE number, it is yours for life.
The NIE-number for Spain is an A4 document with personal data and a stamp of the immigration office. The control number for Spain is no identity document, but always present in addition to the identification.
Everywhere on the internet it says that you have to apply in person for your NIE Number? Is this true?
Yes, this is certainly the case. Without question the Spanish law states very clearly that the person must apply for the documents in person. However, the Spanish law also clearly states that a legalised, Spanish power-of-attorney document enables any individual to be represented by another for all legal purposes in Spain (as long as it is declared as such within the power-of-attorney). Therefore through virtue of these combined laws, we are able to apply for a NIE number on your behalf without the need for you to be in Spain.
A translation of the Ministerio del Interior website’s 3rd paragraph, 2nd point which is detailing who may apply for an NIE Number clearly states:
- Those (applications) that are presented in Spain by the representative appointed by the applicant with evidence that the applicant is not in Spain.
You should also note that, regardless of the clearly stated laws, many local branches of the national police throughout Spain choose not to allow this, which is why some lawyers are unable to act on your behalf for this purpose.
In this very rare instance, we would simply re-apply for a duplicate with the same power of attorney and passport copy.
Applying in Person
Of course anyone that can enter Spain legally can apply for their own NIE number. To do this, they must present themselves at the National Police Station in whatever town they are living. Unfortunately, contrary to countries such as England and Ireland, there is very little standardization for exactly how the physical process of application works from one police station to the next, so if you chose to apply in person, please make sure you find out beforehand which are the requirements to apply for a NIE Number at your local police station. This will save from having to arrange several trips to have your application presented, with the corresponding lengthy queues.
The breakdown below is an estimate of what will cost you apply in person in Spain.
- Airplane Tickets (flight to APPLY for the NIEs): 60 – 300 € per person
- Airplane Tickets (flight to COLLECT the NIEs): 60 – 300 € per person
- Transport to and from the airport – 40 – 120 €
- Hotel Room – 50 – 200 € per double room per days (2 days required)
Applying in person can cost you anything between 300 € and 1,000 €, not to mention the time you will be wasting travelling and queueing up!
I've been told I can apply for my NIE card through the Spanish consulate. Is this true? If yes, what benefits does your service offer over applying through a Spanish consulate?
Yes, this is entirely true. The primary benefit of using our service as opposed to applying through a Spanish consulate is speed. The average time required for an individual to obtain their NIE number via applying through a Spanish consulate is 115 working days. This varies from one country to the next, we encourage people to contact their closest Spanish consulate first and enquire about their turnaround time.
Our Global Service
Filling out the form is less than 3 minutes. After receiving your documents we will return your spanish ID within 15 working days (Depending on how busy the police stations are. No rights can be derived from this). A high resolution scanned copy will be made available as soon as we received you NIE number back from the authorities.
Our standard fees are listed on the Pricing section. Please note that you need to provide us with a notarised and legalised Power of Attorney (we provide you with the template).
Note: A Power of Attorney is required for us to process your application. Notary and legalisation fees are not included in the quoted fees, and will vary from country to country.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a document in which a person passes an authority to a third person. In the special power of attorney to apply for the NIE-number Spain they only give power of attorney to apply for the NIE-number in Spain.
POA costs vary from country to country. On average, for European countries, a notary charge 50 euros.
The “Apostille” is needed whenever you intend to use documents from any country outside of Spain within Spain. This is because Spain is a member of the Hague Convention, which establishes a new, standardised form of Legalisation.
On October 5, 1961 several nations joined to create this simplified method of legalising documents through the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
More information about the Apostille can be found at wikipedia.
We can of course return these documents to you together with your NIE application. However, we would like to keep them in order to be able to apply for your NIE number again in the event it gets lost in the post, or you happen to lose it.