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NIE (Identification Number)

NIE is a legal identification number given to all people who live in Spain that appears on Spanish national ID cards. You need an NIE to open a bank account, file taxes, buy a house, sign up for telephone, internet and utilities services, establish a business, get a Spanish drivers license, sign a lease and for almost any financial transaction or government related dealings.

To apply for your NIE, you should visit the Oficina de Extranjeros de Madrid, located at:

C/ General Pardiñas, 90

28006 - Madrid

Tel.: 913226824

Tel.: 913226826

Open from 9:00AM to 2:00PM - Monday to Friday

You can fill in the application form there, or you can download it from the Internet at the following link: Along with the completed and signed application, you must also bring the following documentation:

  1. The passport used to enter Spain with an entry stamp and three photocopies of the personal information and photo page.
  2. Three color passport photos with a white background.
  3. Visa if not affixed to your passport.
  4. Proof of registration with Spanish social security, if applicable.
  5. Proof …