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NIE- and why you will need one
Spanish law states that all foreigners buying a property in Spain obtain an NIE prior to completion of their purchase; it is no longer acceptable to simply have a fiscal identity number (NIF). It is therefore advisable to apply for your NIE as soon as you are prepared to commit to purchasing a property in Spain. Too often clients will leave it to the last day before agreeing an offer; and since Spanish law now insists that applications be made in person rather than by a legally appointed third party (ie power of attorney to your legal representative), it is wise to allow time to make the application and avoid possible delay in the completion schedule. Further since 2009, some regional offices, request that all NIE applications must be included with a copy of the purchase contract or a letter from a legal representative that states the reason for the application.  This is also a requirement when a non-resident is selling a Spanish property that he or she has title too.

Other motives for having the NIE include-
The setting up of utility connections for electricity, gas and telephone
To apply for a business permit
To make asset purchases over €3,000
To inherit Spanish assets
To apply for a Spanish driving licence
To deal with Spanish tax authorities
To register Spanish property with the land registry
In fact there are many other occasions when it may be requested; if you buy a vehicle, need a permit for fishing from the local authority, and so on.
Applying for an NIE
Applications are made, in person, at the Oficina de Extranjeros (Foreigners' Department) at your nearest Policía Nacional (National Police Headquarters). For the Costa Tropical this is in Motril; located in Calle Aguas del Hospital (Ronda del Mediodia) just off the new ring road roundabout at the entrance to the town; in the direction to the port and after the "Al Campo" commercial centre. This new building is located on the corner of the next roundabout. Public parking is available close by. To make enquiries at the Foreign Section of the Comisaria you should call +34 958 834 908 (Spanish speaking only).
As of January 1, 2008 the Spanish government now makes a small administration charge for all applications. This amount must be paid via the local bank, before the application can be accepted; and costs just over 23 Euros (including the NIE and the certificate of non-resident). Note that while the NIE number remains valid for life, the certificate of non-resident is only valid for 3 months; and may need to be renewed prior to any property transaction before the notary office. For those foreigners who have funds in a Spanish bank account then it is important that they also produce a certificate of non-residence; and which can also be obtained from the nearest comisario. The certificate must be renewed at least every 2 years otherwise account holders risk their Spanish bank account being blocked and all transactions in or out withheld until such time as a certificate is presented. If this concerns you then speak to your Spanish bank, as some banks provide this service of non-resident certificate renewal for a small fee.

You need to complete and photocopy the application form; a pdf file of this form can be downloaded here at this link -
To assist you in completing the application below is a guide to help you…
Once completed you will need to take the original and a photocopy of the application, along with your passport (plus a photocopy) to the Foreigners section of the Comisario, whereby they will first give you a ticket and advise you to which bank you need to make payment for the NIE application. On you return you simply go the front of the queue with your payment receipt and the application is then stamped. The officer will then return a copy to you and ask you to collect the number at a later date – usually 2 or 3 working days later. When you, or your representative in Spain, do return you must take the copy of the form with you.
If you are unable to be in Spain to make the application then it is possible to apply for your NIE in your home country. However this can take several weeks as applications made must also be sent to Madrid for endorsement before being returned to the applicant. You will also need to give a Spanish contact address as this is where the original NIE will be sent – usually this should be your legal representative in Spain. In some cases the Spanish consul may ask you to present a copy of the contract of sale and purchase as proof of the need for the NIE to be granted. UK residents should contact one of the following addresses for further information.

For residents in the North of the UK please make application to:-
The Spanish Consulate General
1 Brooks House
70 Spring Gardens
Manchester, M2 2BQ
Tel: 0161 236 1233
For residents in the South of the UK, Wales and Northern Ireland then to:-
The Spanish Consulate General
20 Draycott Place
London SW3 2RZ
Tel: 020 7589 8989
For residents of Scotland apply to:-
The Spanish Consulate General
63 North Castle Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3LJ
Tel: 0131 220 1843
Once you have your NIE document, then it is advisable to file the original in a safe place and make numerous photocopies for the authorities. Note too that it is your responsibility to advise the local Policía Nacional of any changes to your address, title or marital status.
As a guide to completing the EX-15 application form for your NIE (Solicitud de Identidad de Extranjero  (NIE) y Certificados (LO 4/200 y RD 557/2011) - Foreigner Identification Number)  here are some guidelines to help you complete the boxes. After filling in your passport number, then complete the remaining entries as follows:-
The form and its sections – and reading from left to right: here is a short step by step guide to completing the NIE application. Please write in black ink and in capitals, and mark the appropriate boxes.
Section 1 Datos del Extranjero/a - (Personal Details of Foreign aplicant)
1er Apellido - (Surname)
2º Apellido - (2nd surname - if double barreled or leave blank)
Nombre - (forename, first name)
Sexo - (Gender) – mark with a X the appropriate box ie  “H” for Male (Hombre) or “M” Female (Mujer)
Fecha de nacimiento - (Date of Birth in the order - DD/MM/YYYY)
Lugar - (Place of Birth)
Pais - (Country of Birth
Nombre del padre - (Father's Name)
Nombre de la madre - (Mother's Name)
Nacionalidad – (Current nationality of applicant)
Estado Civil (Marital Status) – put an X in the appropriate box ie “S” for Single (Soltero) “C” for Married (Casado) “V” for Widow (Vuido) “D” for Divorced (Divorciado) or “Sp” for Separated (Seperado)
Domicilio en España - (Address in Spain) eg Calle Puerta del Sol Nº 2
Nº Piso - (Street number and flat number/letter if applicable)
Localidad - (Town/Village) eg Almuñecar
CP or Codigo Postal - (Post Code) eg 18690
Provincia - (Province) eg Granada
Teléfono - (Contact telephone number)
E-mail
Representante legal, en su caso. D/Dª - (Legal representative applying on your behalf – if applicable)
NIF/NIE - (The Spanish identification number of the named legal representative)
Titulo - (The legal status of the representative ie abogado or gestor)

Section 2 Datos del Presentador de la Solicitud - (Personal Details of person or legal representative applying on your behalf)
Nombre/Razón Social - (Full name or Business name)
NIF/NIE - (The Spanish identification number of the named legal representative)
Domicilio en España - (Address in Spain) eg Calle Puerta del Sol Nº 2
Nº Piso - (Strret number and flat number/letter if applicable)
Localidad - (Town/Village) eg Almuñecar
CP or Codigo Postal - (Post Code) eg 18690
Provincia - (Province) eg Granada
Teléfono - (Contact telephone number)
E-mail
Representante legal, en su caso. D/Dª - (Legal representative applying on your behalf – if applicable)
NIF/NIE - (The Spanish identification number of the named legal representative)
Titulo - (The legal status of the representative ie abogado or gestor)

Section 3 Domicilio a Efectos de Notificaciones - (Address to which notice is to be sent)
Nombre/Razón Social - (Full name or Business name)
NIF/NIE - (The Spanish identification number of the named legal representative)
Domicilio en España - (Address in Spain) eg Calle Puerta del Sol Nº 2
Nº Piso - (Street number and flat number/letter if applicable)
Localidad - (Town/Village) eg Almuñecar
CP or Codigo Postal - (Post Code) eg 18690
Provincia - (Province) eg Granada
Teléfono - (Contact telephone number)
E-mail
Solicito/Consiento que las comunicaciones y notificaciones se realicen medios electrónicos - (The tick box at the bottom of the section needs to be marked with a X if you consent to being contacted by electronic mail.)

Section 4 Datos Relativos a la Solicitud - (Details relating to the application – followed by a sequence of tick boxes)
4.1 Tipo de document (art. 206) – (Type of document required)
NÜMERO DE IDENTIDAD DE EXTRANJERO (NIE) – (The tick box here needs to be marked with a X if you are applying for the NIE)
CERTIFICADO – (Certificate of which there 2 options you only X the DE NO RESIDENTE box
4.2 Motivos (Motive or reason for application)
Por intereses económicos – (for economic reason)
Por intereses profesionales – (for professional reason)
Por intereses sociales – (for social reason)
If purchasing a property then economic reason, if setting up a business then professional
Espificar – (Specify) If you are applying to purchase a property then here you need to write "NOTARIO, REGISTRO DE PROPIEDAD, HACIENDA" (Notary, Property Registration and Tax Authority)
4.3 Lugar de presentación - (Place where application is made – mark a X that which applies)
Oficina de Extranjeria – (Foreign office)
Comisaria de Policia – (Police station)
Oficina Consular – (Consul office)
4.4 Situación en España - (Situation in Spain - mark a X that which applies if you are in Spain)
Estancia – (for economic reason)
Residencia – (for professional reason)
Por intereses sociales – (for social reason)

CONSIENTO la comprobacion de mis datos de identidad a traves de los Sistemas de Verificacion de Datos de Identidad (en caso contrario, deberan aportarse  los documentos correspondientes) - The tick box at the bottom of the section needs to be marked with a X if you consent to allowing the authority to access and collaborate identity data – if not then you will be asked to present appropriate proof of identity – ie passport)

Sign the form at the bottom, below 'firma de solicitante' and date (fecha) above on the dotted line (day –, de month, de year) accordingly.
Edit 11.2013