The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Barcelona’s most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government departments and the information may be subject to change.

The Empadronamiento is an official registration process that City Hall uses to keep track of those who are currently living in the region. The registry acts as your proof of residency in the municipality and informs the council of all current inhabitants. You can read more about the Empadronamiento on the official page of the city of Barcelona here.

Are you are unsure if you need the Empadronamiento or not, or have any questions regarding other documents you might need in Spain? Don’t worry, simply read our main article and follow the step we’ve prepared for you there!

Steps to obtain the registration of residency (Empadronamiento)

  1. Request an appointment with the Barcelona City Hall, you can do this online or by calling the phone number: 010. If you wish to make an appointment online, just click “iniciar el trámite” and the complete the subsequent form.
  2. Prepare your personal documents:
  • If you are Spanish: Spanish ID card or passport
  • If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: National ID card or passport
  • If you are from anywhere else: Passport.
  1. Prepare the following, required documentation:
  • Valid rental contract
  • Proof of most recent rental payment (which should consist of information to identify the rental: leaseholder, landlord, property address, date of pay, etc.) if you have yet to pay rent in your new flat, you can present proof of the deposit payment.

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4 comments. Leave new

Hello! Thank you very much for the information. Would you know the “tema” and “subtema” i should choose when taking an appointment online? I m getting stuck there.. Thank you 🙂

Did anyone reply to you? I have the same question.

I´m also stuck here. Did anyone find a solution?

Artur Ayrapetyan
15/03/2018 17:58


I was wondering if I still need an empadronamiento if I have a NIE based on the fact that my family got an investment visa. I am trying to get my social security number.

The other question is if I do still need it, I live in my parents’ apartment, which they own. So what else can I present aside from a rental contract?

Thank you for your help!

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