TIE Number

How to get TIE number - Unlocking Spanish Residency


Embarking on a journey to Spain? Understanding the ins and outs of Spanish residency is paramount, and at the heart of it is the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) number. This comprehensive guide not only demystifies what the TIE number is but also provides a step-by-step roadmap to secure it, ensuring your seamless transition to Spanish.

What is the TIE Number?

The TIE Number, or Foreigner Identity Card Number, is a unique identification number assigned to non-EU nationals residing in Spain. It is an integral part of the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) and serves as a key identifier for legal residents.

Why is the TIE Number Important?

  • Legal Identification: The TIE number is your legal identifier in Spain, signifying your status as a resident.
  • Access to Services: It is essential for accessing various services, including healthcare, banking, and employment.

Step-by-Step Guide to Obtain Your TIE Number:

  • Step 1: Determine Your Residency Type

Understand your residency type—whether you're a temporary or permanent resident, student, or worker—before initiating the process.

  • Step 2: Gather Required Documentation

The specific documents required for obtaining a TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) in Spain can vary based on the type of residency and individual circumstances. However, here's a general list of documents that are commonly needed:

  • Passport: A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining.

  • Visa or Residence Permit: Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your stay, you may need to present a valid visa or residence permit.

  • Application Form: Application form, or also known as EX17 Form. This form is typically provided by the immigration authorities or can be downloaded here.

  • Passport-Sized Photos: Recent passport-sized photos that comply with the specific requirements of the immigration office.

  • Proof of Residence: Documentation proving your place of residence in Spain. This could be a rental agreement, utility bills in your name, or a certificate of empadronamiento (municipal registration).

  • Payment of Fees: Proof of payment (printed) of Model Rate 790 Code 012 with the TIE application. Check the list of all fees here.

  • Marriage or Birth Certificates (if applicable): If you are applying for family reunification, you may need to provide marriage or birth certificates for your family members.

  • Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

Contact the relevant authorities or police station to schedule an appointment for your TIE application. Some regions may require online scheduling. Find here a list of all immigration offices in Spain and you can find here your nearest police station.

  • Step 4: Attend the Appointment

Present yourself at the appointed time with all necessary documents. Be prepared for biometric data collection, including fingerprints and a photograph.

  • Step 5: Await Processing

After submission, your TIE application will undergo processing. Stay informed about the status and be patient during this period.

  • Step 6: Receive Your TIE Card and Number

Upon approval, you will receive your TIE card, which includes your TIE number. This card is a vital document, so keep it in a safe place.

For the latest and most accurate information, always refer to official sources and consider seeking assistance from language services if needed.