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Updated: 10/2020

Document providing evidence of the registration of EU citizens in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals.

Vocabulary
  • What do you need to know?
  • What do you need to do?

The FEE is €12

IT DOES NOT EXPIRE​

The deadline for submission is THREE MONTHS from the date of arrival in Spain

It is applied for IN PERSON

What is it?

The Central Register of Foreign Nationals is the list where individuals from a member state of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), or from Switzerland, who are going to stay in Spain for a period of more than three months are registered. The act of registering grants the certificate of registration of EU citizens and thus confirms their status as residents..

Important information

It must be applied for in person by a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

The registration certificate issued must state the name, nationality, address, identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) and the citizen’s date of registration.

Once the citizen has resided legally in Spain for a continuous period of five years, he or she may apply for the right to reside permanently.

Citizens who wish to stay for a period of less than three months may reside in Spain without a special permit. During their stay, they have to identify themselves with the identity documents of their countries.

You can also consult the Government of Spain's Immigration Portal (available only in Spanish).

Why is this formality important?

It is a compulsory formality if you are a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland who travels to Spain to stay there for a period of more than three months.

Who does it apply to?

It applies to citizens of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland who plan to stay in Spain for more than three months.

Who should apply for it?

The application must be submitted in person.

What requirements must be met?

To register, citizens of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland must meet any of the following requirements:

Be an employee in Spain
Be self-employed in Spain
Have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members so as not to become a burden on Spain's welfare system during their period of residence

In this case, the following requirements must be met:

  • Being able to prove sufficient financial resources. The amount to be proved varies on an annual basis according to law on the general state budget.
  • Having health insurance taken out in Spain or another country that provides full cover in Spain.
Be a student
  • Have enrolled in a public or private institution. This must be recognised or funded by the education authorities for undertaking studies or vocational training.
  • Having health insurance taken out in Spain or another country that provides full cover in Spain.
  • Having made a statement of compliance attesting to the fact that they have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members, so as not to become a burden on Spain's welfare system during their period of residence.
Be a national of a member state or a family member accompanying or joining a citizen of the European Union or the European Economic Area, meeting any of the above conditions

The family member may be:

  • If you are a student:
    • Spouse or registered unmarried partner
    • Dependent children of the student and his or her spouse or partner
  • In all other cases:
    • Spouse or registered unmarried partner
    • Direct descendants and those of your spouse or partner, under 21 years of age, disabled or over 21 years of age and living under your care
    • Directly dependent relatives in the ascending line or those of your spouse or registered partner

Family members whose means of financial support is provided by the EU citizen will be understood to be dependants and to need material assistance to cover their basic needs. This dependence must arise in the country of origin.

Which body is responsible for the formality?

National Police Corps (Ministry of the Interior, Government of Spain)

What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • There is usually a lot of confusion between the terms identity number for foreign nationals (NIE), identity card for foreign nationals (TIE) and certificate of registration as an EU national:
    • The identity number for foreign nationals NIE is only the number, unique and exclusive, that allows the administrative identification of foreign nationals with the institutions of the Spanish state. It appears on all the documents identifying the foreign national.
    • The identity card for foreign nationals TIE is a physical identification card. It must be held by non-EU nationals authorised to stay in Spain for a period of more than six months or by all foreign nationals with a long-term permit. It contains the identification data, as well as the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) and the type of authorisation for the stay or residence of the foreign person.
    • The certificate of registration as an EU national is a physical identification document. It is compulsory for individuals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland wishing to stay in Spain for a period exceeding three months to have it. It contains the identification data, as well as the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE).
  • There is a high demand for appointments, so it may be difficult to get one the first time you try to apply. For this reason, it is recommended that you try to make an appointment as soon as you arrive in Spain.
  • To pay the fee associated with the procedure, it is important to bear in mind that some banks will not accept this payment if the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) is not provided as personal identification and only the passport number is included. In such cases, you can try going to another branch.
What other linked formalities should you know about?

What do you need to do?

In person

The procedure can only be carried out in person at the immigration office of the province where you intend to reside or at the relevant police station.

Remember that family members accompanying you on your journey or joining you must also apply for registration in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals, provided they meet the specified requirements ("What you need to know > Requirements").​

What steps must you take to apply for a certificate of registration as an EU national?

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Obtain a social security number and registration (if required to do so)

After your arrival in Spain and before beginning your work activity, you must register with the social security system by requesting your social security number and registration in the system.

In order to find out about the procedure for obtaining a social security number and the procedure for registering with the social security system, consult the information on the formalities, which contains all the details on how to obtain them.

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Fill in the application form (EX18) and gather the required documentation

You must download, fill in and sign the official application form for the certificate of registration as an EU national (EX18) in duplicate.

The form is only available in Spanish.​

Before the application period begins, consult and prepare the documentation that you will be asked for to obtain the certificate.

Documentation
  • In general, you must provide the original and a copy of the documents.
  • When documents from other countries are provided, they must be translated into Catalan or Spanish.
  • On the other hand, all foreign public documents must be previously legalised, except where the document in question has had an apostille certificate attached by the competent authority of the issuing country.
    • In the case of standard EU forms, neither their translation nor their legalisation will be necessary, in accordance with the provisions of the EU regulations that relate to them.

It is important for you to know that the public documents issued in your country of origin which are necessary to complete formalities for coming to Barcelona must comply with international legalisation requirements.

There are two methods of international legalisation of a public document, depending on whether or not the country issuing the document is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961:

  • If the country issuing the public document is a signatory, the document will be recognised if it bears the Hague Apostille stamp. This stamp will be processed in the country of origin.
  • If the country issuing the public document is not a signatory, then the legalisation process will be carried out through diplomatic channels.

Furthermore, any documents issued in a language other than Spanish or Catalan must be translated by a sworn translator. In the case of standard EU forms, neither translation nor legalisation is required. ​

For more information on the translation and legalisation of documents, please consult the relevant website.

General documentation
  • Proof of appointment.
  • Official standard application form (EX-18) in duplicate, duly completed and signed.
  • Proof of payment of the fee.
  • Valid passport or Spanish national identity document. In the event that it has expired, a copy of the document and the renewal application must be provided.
  • Documentation providing evidence of registration in the municipal register of residents of the city of Barcelona.
Specific documentation (depending on the circumstances of the applicant)
  • If you are or are going to be an employee you must have at least one of the following documents:
    • Employer's statement of hiring or employment certificate. At a minimum, the company name and address details, tax identification code and social security contribution account number must be included.
    • Employment contract registered with the Public Employment Service, or notification of the contract and its conditions over the CONTRAT@ platform.
    • Document of registration, or a situation similar to registration, in the relevant social security scheme (provided by the hiring company) or consent to the verification of the data.
    • If you are an employee hired by an EU company and posted to Spain, you must provide any of the following documents:
      • Copy of the employment contract with the company of origin.
      • Copy of the last three payslips
      • Certificate of cover (A.1) certifying that the person concerned is still paying social security contributions in their country of origin.
      • Certificate/form E-106 / S.1 accrediting that you are entitled to Spanish public healthcare during your stay in Spain.
  • If you are self-employed, you may provide any of the following documents:
    • Certificate of registration with the tax authorities.
    • Proof of establishment by means of registration in the Companies Register.
    • Document of registration, or a situation similar to registration, in the relevant social security scheme, or consent to the verification of the data.
  • If you do not work in Spain, you must provide:
    • Documentation proving that you have health insurance taken out in Spain or in another country that provides full cover in Spain.
    • Documentation proving that you have sufficient resources for yourself and your family members for your period of residence in Spain.
  • If you are a student you must provide:
    • Enrolment in the educational establishment, whether public or private, recognised or financed by the competent education authority.
    • Documentation proving that you have health insurance taken out in Spain or in another country that provides full cover in Spain. You will be able to provide a European health insurance card with a validity that covers the period of residence and enables you to receive the necessary health benefits from a medical point of view.
    • Documentation proving that you have sufficient resources for yourself and your family members for your period of residence in Spain.

      The presentation of documentation providing evidence of participation in an EU programme promoting educational exchange for students and teachers will be considered sufficient to meet these requirements.

  • If you are a family member of an EU citizen, you must provide:
    • Documentation, legalised, where appropriate, certifying family ties with the EU citizen.
    • Documentation proving financial dependence.
    • Documentation proving that the family member giving you the right fulfils one of the following requirements:
      • Being an employee or self-employed.
      • Having sufficient financial means and health insurance
      • Being a student, having sufficient means for himself or herself and his or her family members, as well as health insurance.
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Request an appointment online

In order to apply for the certificate, it is essential to make an appointment in order to present the documentation at the immigration office of the province where you intend to stay or establish your residence or, failing that, at the relevant police station.

To make an appointment, access the Government's electronic site and follow the steps below:

  • In “PROVINCIAS DISPONIBLES”, select “Barcelona” and click on “Aceptar”. 
  • In the field “TRÁMITES CUERPO NACIONAL DE POLICÍA”, select the option “POLICÍA-CERTIFICADOS UE”.
  • Carefully read the information provided and click on “Entrar”. 
  • Fill in the requested personal data.
  • Select the office where you would like to make an appointment.
  • Fill in the additional information requested.
  • Make your appointment according to the dates and places available.
  • If you request it, you can receive a confirmation of the appointment by e-mail.

Some sections in the website for making an appointment are available in English, French, Catalan, Spanish and other co-official languages of the Spanish state.

For the address, telephone numbers and opening hours of the National Police offices for foreign nationals in Catalonia, please consult the relevant website (Only in Spanish).

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Pay the fee for the formality

You must pay the fee for the formality before the appointment, as you will have to justify the payment. Currently the amount is 12 euros.

To be able to pay the relevant fee (fee 012 relating to standard form 790), fill in the fields of the form (indicating the method of payment), download it and print it.

The form allows payment to be made in cash (by depositing the fee in a bank in a Public Treasury account) or by direct debit from a current account (whose number you will have to provide).

The form is only available in Spanish.​

Some banks will not accept payment of the fee if the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) is not provided as personal identification and only the passport number is included. In such cases, you can try going to another branch.

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Go to the place indicated and submit the documentation

Go to the place indicated where you have made an appointment to submit the documentation. The documentation necessary is detailed in the second section of the procedure ("2. Fill in the application form (EX18) and gather the required documentation > Documentation”).

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Receive your registration certificate on the spot

Once the fee has been paid and after verifying the requirements and documentation, the registration certificate will be issued on the spot, stating your name, nationality, address, identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) and date of registration.

Important information

Formalities tend to change fairly frequently. That is why it is only the regulations in force that apply when you carry out the formality in question.