New Regulations on NIE Number Applications in Force on July 1, 2011

1st of July 2011

A new regulation has been issued in the National Bulletin of State in Spain (BOE), establishing that as from the 1st of July of the current year, NIE applications will be filed personally by the applicant at the corresponding police station and in the event the applicant is out of Spain, the application will be submitted at the closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.

However, it does not make any mention as to whether a power of attorney will or not be valid as a means of obtaining the NIE number. This is causing general confusion, even amongst certain police stations which have chosen to continue offering the service until they receive further notice from their head office.

The regulation can be found in article 206 of the Royal Decree 557/2011.

We confirm that the said law has not been applied at today’s date in this particular area and as a result, we have decided to continue offering this service. In the event that this regulation was finally implemented, we would refund the NIE number fees and the shipping costs engaged to deliver your NIE number. Unfortunately we cannot refund any other costs which are not directly related to our service, such as Notary fees or shipping costs of the documents. Please consider whether this option is in your interest.

If you are in no rush and decide to wait, please feel free to contact us on the following days for an update.