an in-depth guide to obtaining an NIE (foreigner identification number) or TIE (foreigner identification card) in Spain:

  1. Determine your eligibility: To obtain an NIE or TIE in Spain, you must be a non-Spanish national who is living in Spain or planning to live in Spain for more than three months. You may also need to meet other eligibility criteria, depending on your specific circumstances.
  2. Gather the necessary documents: To apply for an NIE or TIE, you will need to provide certain documents to the Spanish authorities. These may include:
  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form (solicitud de certificado de registro de extranjero)
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • Proof of your reason for being in Spain (e.g., work contract, student visa)
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee
  1. Submit your application: There are several ways to apply for an NIE or TIE in Spain, depending on your location and circumstances. You may be able to apply in person at a police station or National Police office, by mail, or online. Follow the instructions provided by the Spanish authorities to submit your application.
  2. Wait for processing: Once you have submitted your application, it will be processed by the Spanish authorities. The processing time may vary, but it is typically within a few weeks.
  3. Collect your NIE or TIE: Once your application has been approved, you will need to collect your NIE or TIE in person at the location where you applied. You will need to bring identification with you to collect the document.