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Find answers to your questions about the NIE here!

What is a NIE?

The accronym NIE stands for Número de Identificación de Extranjero. You will need this number to carry out any legal or tax activity in Spain whether you are a resident or not.

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What can I do with my NIE?

You can

  • open a bank account
  • obtain a Spanish driving licence
  • buy or sell property in Spain
  • buy or sell a vehicle in Spain
  • pay taxes in Spain
  • study, be legally employed, become self-employed
  • contract utilities, etc.

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How long is the NIE valid for?

The NIE is permanent and so it is not necessary to renew it.

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Where can I get my NIE?

The NIE is issued by the Policía Nacional so you will need to go to your nearest police station.

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