This document certifies residence in Spain and includes the holders name, address, nationality and foreigners Tax Identification Number (N.I.E.) along with the date of registration. Once issued, this certificate is valid indefinitely as long as the applicant’s personal circumstances stated on the application remain the same. If for example the
applicant is to change home address, get married or divorced, a new application is required.
Within three months of arrival in Spain, application for a Residence Certificate must be made at the Foreigner’s Office or the local Police station in the province of intended residence. In some areas an appointment can be made in advance. Proof that the residence certificate administration fee has been paid is required before it can be issued. Request a payment form (Modelo 790) at the National Police Office, then make the payment at a Spanish bank. The bank will stamp the form as proof that is that been paid. You then go back with this receipt to the administration office so that they can proceed with the application. The fee charged is currently €10.50. The following documents are required to apply for a Residency Certificate:
- Valid passport or national identity card.
- Photocopies of a valid passport or national identity card.
- Two passport sized photographs (although, these may not always be required)
- Proof of address in Spain.
- Signed application form EX18 (Solicitud de certificado de registro de residencia Comunitaria)
- Proof that payment has been made (a bank-stamped Model 790 payment form)
If an N.I.E. has been previously assigned, take the certificate as proof of payment. It is important to note that more documentation may be required in accordance with the applicant’s circumstances.