Obtaining a Spanish NIE Number

To be appointed as a Director or Shareholder of a Spanish company you will need an NIE number - Número de Identidad de Extranjero.

Obtaining an NIE number in Spain is a decentralised process - so in different regions the process will vary. This is because of the Padrón system, which breaks Spain down into smaller administrative regions. 

Previously we could go without an appointment to a police station and obtain the number, but immigration and asylum applications with the police has now made this impossible.

  • an appointment with the Police to lodge the documents - takes around 10 days to obtain
  • we have to visit on one day to lodge papers, and on another day pick up the certificate with with the number - the dates are usually five days apart
  • the time we spend is around six hours - pay in the tax at the bank, two visits

NIE Number by Power of Attorney

You will need to sign a dual language Power of Attorney, which we prepare for you and have signed in the presence of a notary. The notary will witness your signature and you then return the POA back to us where we will arrange for it to be legalised for use in Spain.

We will draft a double language Power of Attorney (English-Spanish) and instruct you how to get this legalised with apostille for use in Spain.

Getting the NIE number:

- completing the application form
- paying the state fee
- making appointment online
- visit to the police station with documents and submitting them
- visit to the police station on the designated day to get the original document
- getting emergency number if applicable

Legal translation of notarial report, if the notary does not write comment in Spanish

NIE by a visit to Madrid

If you can visit our office in Madrid, then we will accompany you to the Police Commissariat.

Notarial fee and recharge thereof and notarial copy of passport €200

Translator's fee if a translator is required €80

Obtaining the NIE number:

- completing the application form
- paying the state fee
- making appointment online
- visit to the police station with documents and submitting them
- visit to the police station on the designated day to get the original document
- getting emergency number if applicable

To obtain your NIE we will require:

  • A Power of Attorney notarised
  • Copy of your passport legalised for use in Spain

The Power of Attorney only gives us the authority to complete and lodge the application with the Police Commissariat, and obtain the document showing your NIE number.

Applying for an NIE number from outside of Spain

It’s possible to apply for an NIE at your embassy or consulate if you don’t live in Spain. If this is the case then you’ll need to contact your local embassy to check the process and requirements. How you make an appointment - and how long it’ll take to have your NIE issued - will vary by location.

If you’re applying for an NIE number at the Spanish consulate in London, for example, the wait time is around 6 weeks.

Details required for NIE Application

The following details are needed to complete your NIE application form.

  • Full Name:
  • Sex:
  • Passport Nº:
  • Passport Name:
  • Date of Birth: day/month/year
  • City of Birth:
  • Nationality:
  • Name of Father:
  • Name of Mother:
  • Marital Status:
  • Reasons for your request NIE:
  • Certified copy of your passport

Fiscal Identity Number for your company in Spain (CIF/ NIF)

  • NIF: The Número de Identificación Fiscal (NIF) serves as a fiscal identification number for those born in Spain, and is the Spaniards’ version of the NIE number.
  • CIF: The Certificado de Identificacion Fiscal (CIF) is the tax number for all companies in Spain. It serves as the VAT number.

If you require a company to be a shareholder in your Spanish company it needs an identification number, a Código de Identificación Fiscal (CIF) or Número de Identificación Fiscal (NIF).

We will need a document showing details of your company from the Companies Registry where the company is incorporated, to show that the company exists and is in good standing.

We will need this document to be apostilled or legalised for use in Spain.

We will then lodge this with the general tax service - Agencia Tributaria in Madrid.

The company will be issued with an the identification number within a few hours.

Company Shareholder Documents Required

French company shareholder- require an updated KBIS form for the company from the Registre de Commerce

German company shareholder - require a HRB Certificate from the Handelsregistereintragung

Luxembourg company shareholder - require a Company Profile from the Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés

Netherlands company shareholder- require a Uitreksel from the KVK (Chamber of Commerce)

Spanish company shareholder - require a Nota Simple from the Registro Mercantil

USA company shareholder - require a Certificate of Status from the Division of Corporations

UK company shareholder - require a Certificate of Good Standing from Companies' House

Spain NIE and CIF Fees
  • Obtaining your NIE per officer - £460
  • CIF/NIF number - £380
  • Power of Attorney - £120