NIE Number Spain

NIE number Spain

When you buy a house in Spain, it is important to know that many processes are different than you are used to in your home country. A lawyer or legal advisor in Spain can inform you about the most important things you need to know when you are seriously considering buying a house.

One of the things in Spain which you should know about is the NIE number.

A NIE number can be compared to a Civil Service Number.  Every Spaniard has a fiscal identification number, the so – called NIF (numero de identificacion fiscal). Likewise, every foreigner in Spain has a NIE number (Número de Identificación Extranjero). This is literally translated as: identification number for foreigners.

NIE number Spain – When do you need a NIE number

You will need a NIE number in Spain to arrange all sorts of official business. Most banks can only open a bank account with a NIE. Spanish insurance companies mostly require a NIE number to contract an insurance policy. Also, a NIE number is essential when buying a car or house in Spain. You may sign a purchase- or a mortgage deed only if you have a NIE.

A NIE number is also needed in the following cases:

  • setting up a Spanish company
  • registration as self – employed (autónomo)
  • if you are employed by a Spanish company, your employer will ask for your NIE number
  • to pay taxes in Spain
  • contracting utilities like gas, water and electricity
  • municipal registration

NIE number Spain – apply on time

As soon as you know that you will need a NIE number in the near future we recommend you apply for it immediately. The procedure takes a few weeks and this way you will have it arranged on time.

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