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What is a NIE Number

One of the questions we are asked by a lot by people that have just arrived on the Costa del Sol is

“What is an NIE number?

In this article we will aim to explain exactly what a NIE number is and why you will need one.

What does NIE mean?

N.I.E simply means Número de Identidad de Extranjero in Spanish or translated to English it is ‘Identification Number for Foreigners’

The NIE number is basically your tax and identification number in Spain but it is not just for the purpose of tax, you will also need it for many everyday activities when setting up home in Spain.

What type of things will you need a NIE number for?

As we said there are many different things that require you to have a NIE number. Here are a few examples:

  • Buying a car or motorbike
  • Buying a property
  • Renting out a property
  • Getting a job
  • Becoming self-employed
  • Paying taxes


How to get a NIE number?

The process used to be relatively straight forward. However, in the last few years the task has become more complicated due to new governement requirements and  many applicants are not fluent enough to cope with process so that is why many accountants or gestors will assist with the process.

If you want more information about getting a NIE number in Estepona or Marbella, come and have a chat with us. We can assist you from start to finish and can even help you start a business, buy a property or with your annual tax returns.

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