NIE – Número de identidad de extranjero

In Spain, one cannot buy a car, boat or house without having a valid tax identification number (an NIE number).
In order to apply for a NIE- number you can either do this personally at a local police station or you can give a lawyer a Power of Attorney to apply for this on your behalf.
If you do it with a Power of Attorney this power need to apply a piston called Apostille  to be valid in Spain.

You need to take with you to the police station in Spain:
  • Your passport
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two colour passport photos

You will receive a receipt from the police station when you hand in your application. You must collect your NIE number from the same police station after 5-10 days. Another person can collect this number for you if they have the original receipt.
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