Digital certificate FNMT-RCM

What do you need to know?

A digital certificate identifies a person and allows them to complete all kinds of online formalities with public authorities (such as filing tax returns and paying taxes and consulting and registering in the register of residents) and private entities.

The digital certificate offers full legal guarantees, ensuring that transmission is confidential and that no third party can access the information or change it. Apart from identifying individuals, it also enables electronic documents to be signed with the same legal validity as a handwritten signature.

VERY IMPORTANT:

Having a digital certificate means you can avoid having to go in person to various bodies to complete formalities. Therefore, obtaining the certificate once you settle in the city is recommended.

The email address appearing on the certificate cannot be changed. If you wish to change it, you need to apply for a new certificate.

Here we explain how to get the digital certificate issued by the Spanish National Mint (FNMT-RCM), a public entity dependent on the Spanish Government.

There are other types of electronic authentication mechanisms such as IdCat, a digital identifier issued by the Catalan Certification Agency (CATCert).

Who does it apply to?

It is for any Spanish or foreign national who wants to prove their identity securely over the Internet.

What requirements must be met?

You must be of legal age or an emancipated minor.

How long is it valid for?

Its period of validity is between three and four years, depending on the issuing body.

If your certificate is revoked for any reason, it cannot be reactivated. You have to apply for a new certificate.

What do you need to do?

You can apply at any time.

Although the application is started online at the Spanish National Mint website, you must go in person to the relevant location service in order to obtain it.

If you cannot go in person for any reason, a third party may go on your behalf, but that person must first be authorised to do so before a notary.

What steps must you follow?

 

Step 1: Before starting the certification application process you must ensure that you have the necessary software installed on your computer to generate codes.

  • To avoid problems with the certificate application process, you need to choose a number of settings in the browser beforehand. The settings vary depending on the browser.
  • To find out about the specific procedure in each case, go to the Spanish National Mint website (available in English, Catalan, Spanish and Spain’s other co-official languages).
  • Before beginning the process, it is advisable to download the most up-to-date version of the browser.
  • In between the application process and certificate download you cannot format or update your computer.
  • The entire process for obtaining the certificate must be done from the same computer, with the same user and browser.

Step 2: You must fill out the form online, where you will be asked for the following:

  • Identification document no. (nine numbers of the NIF or NIE). If necessary, enter it putting zeros on the left-hand side.
  • First surname (as it appears on your identification document).
  • Email address.
  • When the application process has finished, you will receive an application code by e-mail which will be requested when you prove your identity and also later, when you download the certificate.

Step 3: At this time you will have the application code. Use this code to prove your identity at an office:

  • To find the office which would be easiest for you, you can consult the location service for the nearest registry offices.
  • You need to request an appointment beforehand at Tax Office branches and at some Social Security offices.
  • To arrange an appointment with the Tax Office, you need to access the relevant website (“All formalities > Other services > Appointments”) or call 901 200 351 or 912 901 340.
  • To make an appointment with Social Security, you need to go to the relevant electronic office (“Citizens > Appointments for pensions and other benefits”).
  • In the event that you are abroad when you apply, you can go to the Spanish consular offices in the country you are in.

Step 4: Once you have provided evidence of your identity at an office, you can download your certificate here, where you will be asked for:

  • Identification document no. (nine numbers of the NIF or NIE). If necessary, enter it putting zeros on the left-hand side.
  • First surname (as it appears on your identification document).
  • Application code.
  • Once the form is completed, you need to accept the terms of use for the certificate and download it.
  • If the process is successful, it will send you to a page with information about the certificate.
  • Finally, you need to install the digital certificate program and you can use it every time you open the browser.

 

Who can submit the application?

The application must be submitted in person by the certificate holder, in order to prove their identity, or via a duly accredited representative.

What documentation must be attached to the application?

  • Documentation needed to prove your identity:
    • If you are a Spanish national:
      • The application code sent to your email address.
      • National identity document (DNI), passport or driving licence.
    • If you are a European Union national:
      • The application code sent to your email address.
      • Foreign national identification document showing your NIE, along with your passport or identity document of your country of origin, or
      • European Union national certificate showing your NIE, along with your passport or identity document of your country of origin, or
      • The official document granting you the NIF/NIE, along with your passport or identity document of your country of origin.
    • If you are a non-European Union national:
      • The application code sent to your email address and the red/green/white identity card for foreign nationals showing your NIE, along with your passport, or
      • The official document granting you the NIF/NIE, along with your passport.

How long does it take to process the application?

This will depend on how long it takes to get an appointment at the accreditation office.

What does the application cost?

It is free.

Want to know more?

Which body is responsible for the formality?

The Spanish National Mint (FNMT - RCM)  (Spanish Government).

Where can I find more information?

You can consult the Barcelona City Council Virtual Formalities Office.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The procedures tend to change frequently. Therefore, only what is provided by the regulations in force at the time of carrying out the procedure in question is applicable.