A step by step guide to applying for a TIE card in Spain having entered Spain on a visa
Many people arriving in Spain with a brand new visa imagine that their paperwork problems are over. It would be nice if this were true, however, you are in Spain. You will need two more documents within a short time of arriving in Spain, the Certificado de Empadronamiento, usually just called the padron and your Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero , or TIE card.
So, you have been through the bureaucratic nightmare of applying for and being granted a Visa to live in Spain. You have been given your Visa and arrived in Spain. Now what?
Well, within 30 days you now have to apply for your Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) biometric card.
Here is how you do that. The first thing you need is a Certificado de Empadronamiento (Padron).
What is the Padrón
Padrón is an abbreviation of empadrónamiento. It is a list held by individual municipalities of every resident in the municipality. The numbers on the padrón determine how much financial support the municipality receives from the central government for services such as health services, street lighting, policing and so on.
Who should be on the padrón
Officially all residents in Spain should be on the padrón so if you live in Spain permanently or for over 180 days in the year, you should be registered on the empadrónamiento.
- Passport: Make 2 copies of the details page, your residency visa and your entry stamp into Spain or the Schengen zone. Bring the original passport and copies with you.
- Proof of address: You will need proof that you own the property you live in, such as a Nota Simple, or, if you rent, you will need a rental contract for a house or apartment that is valid for at least 6 months. Bring the original signed version and a photocopy. (If you are renting a room from someone or staying with family/friend, the owner of the residence might need to come with you to the appointment and they might need to bring a recent utility bill in their name. The rules vary depending on the city/town where you are living.)
- Proof of rent payment: Bring a copy of the receipt you received when you paid your first month’s rent.
Make an appointment at your Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)
Some towns insist you make an appointment, some just allow you to turn up and queue. The office dealing with the impadronamiento is not always the main Ayuntamiento building so it is worth checking the location with a local first.
How Long Does it Take To Get an Impadronamiento?
The time taken to receive your padron varies depending on the town you are in. In some places you may have to wait 5 minutes, in others you may have to return a week later.
The wait time between applying for your appointment and actually going for it can be quite long. It is likely that by the time you have gone for your appointment your 30 days will be long gone. Do not worry. The key thing to do is apply before the 30 day deadline.
Making the Appointment on Line.
Go to Make an Appointment
- Select the Province you live in
- Click Aceptar
- Choose Tramites Cuerpo Nacional de Policia
- Select “Policia – Toma de Huellas (Expedicion de tarjeta) Y Renovacion de Tarjeta de Larga Duracion“
- Click Aceptar
- Click Entrar
- Enter your NIE and First Name / Surname
- Click Solicitar Cita
- Select the office you require
- Click Siguiente
- Add your telephone number - this must be a Spanish mobile you will receive a code that you enter before the transaction is complete
- Add your email and repeat
- Click Siguente
- Select a time and date suitable for you
- Click Siguente
- On the next screen enter the code received to your mobile phone THIS is ESSENTIAL your appointment is not complete unless you complete this step An email will be sent to the address entered confirming your appointment
This email has a code on it that you will need when you go to the appointment at the address shown on the form
1 x In date Padron certificate plus a colour photocopy available from the Town Hall where you live
1 x Passport with at least six months left to run
2 x colour photocopy of passport
3 x TIE photograph in colour - correct size is 2.6cm wide x 3.2cm high white background (a UK passport size photo is not acceptable)
2 x copies of completed Form Modelo EX 17 TIE Application Form
2 x Tasa 790-12 certificates duly stamped by the bank
Resolution letter – This Carta de Resolucion is a simple document that confirms that you did apply for and receive your non-lucrative visa. Even though you have the visa in your passport, you might still need this document. Luckily, it’s very easy to obtain. Visit this official website, fill out the form with your NIE number (it’s on your visa), the date you initially applied for your visa and your year of birth. Click “Consultar” and you’ll be taken to a screen with the details of your visa. Print out two copies of this confirmation.
For Form Modelo EX17, click here
Download the form from here Tasa 790-12 download
Refer to the yellow highlighted sections on the example form here Example form
On the Form 790-12, complete the top part of the form
In the section Autoliquidacion
- Select Principal
Under Tarjetas de identidad de extranjeros (TIE) y certificados de registro de residentes comunitarios
- Click in the round box by TIE que documenta la primera concesión de la autorización de residencia temporal, de estancia o para trabajadores transfronterizos
In the Declarante Section
- Enter the locality of the bank you will pay at
In the Ingreso section
- Note that 16.08 € has been automatically filled in (This is the charge in 2022, it will increase each year.)
- Click in the round box by En efectivo
- Enter the Capture code
- Click on Descargar impreso rellanado
- Print the forms as they appear
Take the forms to your bank and pay in cash. The bank will stamp the forms and will keep one and hand two back to you
This tax cannot be paid on-line
Remember to take your documents as listed above
When you arrive a guard will indicate where to wait
When instructed you enter and go through a security check then enter into a machine your CODE from the appointment details that was sent by email
A ticket is produced giving you a desk number
Wait until you are called
The desk clerk will take the required documents from you, check your photograph and take the finger prints of your index finger (left and right)
The clerk will give you a pre-arranged appointment to collect your card some 6 weeks hence. If this appointment is not suitable there are instructions on the sheet on how to amend the appointment.
Depending on which province you are in you may be given a RESGUARDO DE SOLICITUD O RENOVACION DE TARJETA DE EXTRANJERO which is stamped by the police
If you were given an appointment slip
- Appointment slip
- Your passport
The guard will indicate where to wait and the process once inside the building is the same as above
If, for whatever reason, you need to make an appointment, such as not being given an appointment slip, or being unable to make the first appointment to collect your card, wait at least 45 days from the date of your appointment then follow this procedure.
- Go to the SEDE Appointment site through the link above
- Select your province - Click Accept
- Choose National Police Force Procedures and second item down, Police - Collection of Foreign Identity Card (TIE). - Click Accept
- Read the terms and conditions carefully - Click Enter
- Enter your NIE number and name - Click Accept.
Then follow the procedure as for the initial appointment.