Once you decide to move to Mallorca you will need to apply for a NIE Number. This number from the Spanish Government is required to make any kind of transaction. Here we explain the process to obtain your NIE number.
Are you planning to live on Mallorca for some time, maybe to work here, buy a house or a car?
In this case, you should get your NIE number as soon as possible. Without this number, foreign residents in Spain cannot work or make any major financial transactions.
Where do you get this NIE number?
In Mallorca, you will need to go to the Oficina de Extranjería in the Poligono de Levante in Palma de Mallorca. In the past you would have been waiting weeks or even months to get it. Fortunately, the process has changed and it now takes a lot less time for European citizens. It is not even necessary anymore to get up early in order to secure a place in the queue that would guarantee that you were actually attended to on that day. Waiting time included, you should plan to spend one to two hours to organise your NIE number. Before heading to the Oficina de Extranjería, please take into account that you need to make an appointment in order to get your NIE done.
Before you are actually assigned your NIE number, you will have to pay ca. 9,45€. In the Oficina de Extranjería, you get the payment form. Take it to a bank (often, banks accept cash payments only at certain hours and on certain day and so you might even have to open a bank account). Once that is paid, you return to the Oficina de Extranjería, where you will get a certificate showing your NIE number.
If you are a non EU citizen, you might also need to hand in a notary certification why you would like to get your NIE (i.e. property purchase). This kind of certification costs about 60€.
What do you need?
Don´t forget to bring your passport or identity card, and a copy of it. Moreover, you should at least speak some Spanish, or bring a friend who does.
Appointments MUST be done online here.
The link we provide to the appointment service goes to the Sede Electrónica from the Spanish Government which works under the following technical requirements:
The browser needs to be Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or a later version or Mozilla Firefox 3.
From Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 17:00hrs
Friday from 9:00 to 14:30hrs
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
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Having a lawyer do it for you
Alternatively, enlisting a legal professional to take care of getting your NIE number for you will save you time, if not expense. To find one who specialises in services for foreign residents, consult our guide to reputable lawyers on Mallorca.
More about Living on Mallorca
Living in Mallorca means a relaxed cosmopolitan lifestyle but it helps to know as much as possible about making a new life here. Find out more here!