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.

Before you get started with the process to apply for the  NIE or TIE, please ensure that you understand exactly which documents you need to live, study and/or work legally in Spain! To do this, simply take a look at our main article and follow our lead!

I am a citizen of the European Union or equivalent and I want to obtain my NIE

To obtain the Número de Identidad de Extranjero (‘NIE’) , you must follow the subsequent steps:

I. Make your appointment online by clicking here!

  • Under “Provincia Seleccionada“, select “Barcelona
  • Under “Barcelona – Trámites CNP:” click “Certificados UE
  • When the drop-down menu appears, select “CNP-Certificados UE
  • Click “Aceptar(it will bring you to the next page)
  • On the new page, download and fill out the EX-15 form
  • Scroll down the page and click on “Entrar(it will bring you to the next page)
  • Fill out the required information (passport number & your full name) and click on “Aceptar
  • Make your appointment (“Solicitar Cita“) and follow the instructions

II. Download and fill out the application fee form:

  • Before you get to your appointment, you have to pay the designated 012 tax fee (model 790), which is 10,71 Euros (April 2018). Download the form here and complete it with your personal data. Click the section labelled “Certificado de registro de residente comunitario o Tarjeta de residencia de familiar de un ciudadano de la Unión“. Select to pay in cash (“en efectivo“) and leave the IBAN data empty. Finally, press “submit”, a PDF will be generated automatically and you will need to print out all its pages. Go to the nearest bank with the printed pages and pay the fee in cash.

III. Check & prepare your documents before going to your appointment:

  • Proof of appointment & application form
  • Passport (original and copy)
  • tax payment form (stamped)
  • European health insurance card or your private health insurance (original and copy)
  • Document that justifies your stay in Spain: E.g. letter of acceptance of your university, work contract (internship) and so on

IV. On the day of your appointment present yourself at the designated location with your documents!

I am a citizen of a country that is NOT a member of the EU or equivalent and I would like to obtain my TIE

Please note: It is important to apply for your TIE during the first 30 days after entering Spain. Your student visa won’t always be sufficient to validate your stay in Spain. Also take a look at our blog about how to apply for a student visa.

To obtain the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (‘TIE’), you must follow the subsequent steps:

I. Request an appointment online by clicking here!

  • Under “Provincia Seleccionada“, select “Barcelona
  • Under “Barcelona – Trámites CNP:” click “Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero”
  • When the drop-down menu appears, select “CNP-Toma de Huellas (Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero)”
  • Click “Aceptar(it will bring you to the next page)
  • On the new page, download and fill out the EX-17 form
  • Scroll down the page and click on “Entrar(it will bring you to the next page)
  • Fill out the required information (passport number, your full name & nationality) and click on “Aceptar
  • Make your appointment (“Solicitar Cita“) and follow the instructions

II. Download and fill out the application fee form:

  • Before you get to your appointment, you have to pay the designated 012 tax fee (model 790), which is 15,60 Euros (April 2018). Download the form here and complete it with your personal data. Click the section labelled “Certificado de registro de residente comunitario o Tarjeta de residencia de familiar de un ciudadano de la Unión“. Select to pay in cash (“en efectivo“) and leave the IBAN data empty. Finally, press “submit”, a PDF will be generated automatically and you will need to print out all its pages. Go to the nearest bank with the printed pages and pay the fee in cash.

III. Check & prepare your documents before going to your appointment:

  • Proof of appointment & application form
  • Passport (original and copy)
  • 2 recent, passport sized pictures
  • Certificate of residency (Empadronamiento). Click here to find out how to apply for this document
  • tax payment form (stamped)
  • Your private health insurance (original and copy)
  • Document that justifies the reason of your stay in Spain: E.g. letter of acceptance of your university, work contract (internship) and so on

IV. On the day of your appointment present yourself at the designated location with your documents!

Do you still have questions or other legal topics you need answered?

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33 comments. Leave new

Bagas Septianto Prabowo
25/01/2017 22:42

Thank you so much. This is very helpful since a lot of Spain government’s websites are only in Spanish/Catalan. But, among the needed documents, what is “Copy of the granted administrative decision, in the case of initial authorizations”?

Leah Marie Warner
27/01/2017 17:14

Hi There!

This term refers to documents like a work or internship contract or acceptance letter from a school. Basically any administrative proof to justify why would will be in Barcelona/Spain for the next year!

Hi!!
How do i fill in the form to pay for the tax without my NIE number?
Thank you for your time

Leah Marie Warner
24/04/2017 12:55

Hi Rita,

There should be another line on the form for you to put your passport number instead of the NIE number!

Kay Wainwright
16/05/2017 16:09

I have been living in Girona, Spain for 5 months and my NIH/TIE is in process. If I travel to Italy now, will it be a problem since it will look like I’ve over extended my three month period on my passport? I am an American married to a British and who has his NIE and British passport.

Leah Marie Warner
18/05/2017 14:45

Hi Kay!

In short – You can’t travel with expired papers.

You’ll need to apply for a document called the Autorizacion de Regreso, which allows you to exit and enter Spain ONCE while your TIE/NIE is renewing.

Hi!
I work for a uk company in the entertainment industry and am working in lanzarote until November. As I’m hired by a uk company they won’t accept my uk contract as sufficient evidence that I’m here for a valid reason.

Is there any way I can get the NIE for people hired by companies outside of Spain but living here for more than 6 months?

Many thanks

Shaun

Leah Marie Warner
25/05/2017 18:46

Hi Shaun,

Just to clarify, the company that hired you has a location in Lazarote? If so, they should be helping you organise your papers…

I received my TIE but they spelled my first name wrong. Any idea how to get it corrected?

Hello, i am planning to relocate to barcelona, to study spanish and to explore the opportunity of startinga business there, but it is just an idea now as i would like to spend some time there to study the market first.
I am italian, how can i apply for the NiE? If i have nothing to proof my reason to be there? I want the nie to be able to open a bank account and start my life there. Can i use my savings as a garantee? If so, is a bank statement enough?

Hi Emanuele! I’m in the same situation as you were. Did you ever figure out the answer to your own question? I could do with the help! Thanks

Hi Emanuele
Did you move to Barcelona? if so how was the process?

Samual liberman
21/07/2017 21:51

Dear Sirs,
My TIE/NIE residency card , tarjeta de residencia, will be ready around 25 Aug. My question is how long do I have to pick it up? The reason I am asking is because I left spain and will not return before end of December. I don’t want them to destroy it or assume I will not pick it up, this is my concern. Thanks

Hi there, I am a Canadian and would like to buy a car in Spain and travel around Europe for less than three months and sell it before I return. I understand I do need the NIE, can I get this as a tourist without any ambitions to study or work? If so, do you have any information regarding car insurance policies and the carta verde. Thanks!

¡Hola! ¿Qúe tema tengo que elegir para tener una cita de empadronamiento por primera vez? Baixa empadronament o Altres empadronament ?

Hi! I am an EU citizen and have my NIE number but only on a piece of A4 paper. How do I get the green card with my details on?

Leah Marie Warner
03/10/2017 16:43

In 30 days you should be able to go and pick up your card at the same office you applied 🙂

Hi,

I’m trying to get an appointment for several days for the NIE number but it’s impossible, it’s always the same message, no available times at the moment. Do you maybe have any idea/suggestion how could I get an appointment? Or how often do they open new dates?

Thanks!

He Barbara, I have the same problem. Did you solve it? What did you do?

Tyler Fisher
09/10/2017 08:23

Good morning,

I arrived in Spain recently and I cannot find any available dates on the website. What do I do?

What is the granted administrative decision and how I get it

Leah Marie Warner
11/10/2017 16:07

This is some proof of work to study here. I.e an acceptance letter, a contract of work or internship etc. You get this from your school or place of work.

Hello,

I´m a fresh student in Barcelona with a visa for 3 months and in the process of getting the TIE.

My question is does the TIE replace the student Visa? Or do i have to extend my student visa somewhere?

Thanks in advance

Hi — I’ve already applied for my TIE, but I am moving before I go to collect the card. Is it a problem because I will have moved from where I was originally registered? Thanks 🙂

Do you need to show bank statement and if so required balance

Hello!
I’m not working so I understand in order to get my NIE card I need to show proof of money in my bank. What kind of paper shall I ask the bank to provide for this? Also just a copy of my private insurance card will suffice?

Thank you

andres inciarte
22/04/2018 22:46

hi! i have a question, if i has a tie between 2011-2012, im now in barcelona again and i dont know if i have to pay like a new one or renew, thanks for the help

hi everyone. I am an non EU citizen, and living in spain already 3 months, soon my visa will be expired, but during this period I have married with spain citizen, and already have a cita with extranjeria for NIE on 30.08, which is overstaying my visa. any ideas what should be my next step?

mohsin baig
24/05/2018 16:13

I have a hungurian visa which expires in feb.Now I am admitted in the university that is in spain. I am also in spain I just want to apply for TIE. At moment i just hv empadronament. Now tell me what can I do.

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