NIE Number

NIE Number

To buy a property in Spain, or to engage in any financial agreement, you need to have a NIE number. It stands for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, or Identification Number for Foreigners, and it serves as an all-purpose ID and tax document. If you need to buy a home, a car or register for domestic energy and water utilities, you’ll need to have one.


Buying a property in Spain is far simpler if you have expert help and guidance along the way, but you don’t necessarily have to have someone else to apply for a NIE number on your behalf. You can do this on your own either in person or at a Spanish consulate, or via an appointed representative if you prefer. Bear in mind the process isn’t always quick, so do it as soon as possible. You won’t be able to sign the deeds on your new home is you haven’t got a number yet.


It’s also worth bearing in mind that local authorities may have different interpretations of the rules regarding NIE numbers. Those that apply in Andalusia won’t necessarily be the same as those in Aragon, for example, so make sure you have the right documentation and that you understand the timelines involved. As always, legal advice is a good idea if you’re unsure about anything.


Here at Simply Costa Developments, we have many years of experience in helping UK residents to start a new life in Spain, and we’re always happy to pass on our advice and support. There’s a wonderful adventure waiting for you on the beautiful Costa del Sol, so have a chat with our experts on +34 682 66 22 89 soon. We look forward to hearing from you.

Words from our customers

  • Thank you both for your efforts and we shall certainly pass on your name to anyone we know who wishes to sell in the future.  My best regards

    Margaret Evans

  • A huge THANK YOU to you and Neil for everything out have done for me, you have been BRILLIANT.  Wishing you both all the joys of Christmas and may 2018 bring you Health, Wealth and Happiness.

    Love Pat xx

  • Thank you so much for all your help in getting this completed so efficiently. Best regards


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