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Updated: 10/2020

Document attesting to large family status which provides benefits throughout Spain

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

It is FREE OF CHARGE

The certificate EXPIRES on the DATE SHOWN on the DOCUMENT

It can be applied for at ANY TIME

It can be processed IN PERSON OR ONLINE

What is it?

It is an official document attesting to large family status which gives the opportunity to benefit from advantages, discounts and benefits from institutions, entities and commercial premises.

Along with the collective certificate for the whole family, an individual card for each family member is issued, for their personal, non-transferable use.

Important information

The certificate covers two categories:

  • The general category, which includes families with three children, or two, if one of them is disabled.
  • The special category, for which one of the following requirements must be met:
    • Families with five, or more, children.
    • Families with four children, at least three of which come from a multiple birth, adoption or permanent or pre-adoption fostering.
    • Family units whose annual income, divided by the number of members, does not exceed 75% of the current minimum wage.

You can call the Generalitat help line (012) to resolve any queries or incidents during the process over the Internet.

You can also consult the Government of Catalonia’s formalities website (available in Catalan and Spanish).

Why is it important?

The process is not compulsory but it is of significant interest to families meeting the requirements for large families and who want to gain access to the benefits and discounts offered by the certificate. These advantages relate to certain social, tax, employment and educational benefits; benefits relating to housing; and discounts on certain everyday services affecting domestic finances, vehicle purchase, transport, leisure and other services offered by some private businesses.

Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at families who can prove that they meet the conditions to be considered large families. That is to say, in general, families with one or two parents with three or more children, whether in common, or not.

Furthermore, there are other family cases which are also considered to be large families (you can look this up in the “What do you need to know? > What requirements must be met” section).

Who should apply for it?

The formality can be completed by anyone of legal age who is a part of the family unit which fulfils the conditions for being considered a large family.

What requirements must be met?
Requirements to be met by the household
  • One or two relatives in the ascending line, with three or more children, whether in common, or not.
  • Separated or divorced parents with three or more children, whether in common or not, even if they are in different family units, and as long as they are financially dependent on them, even though they do not live at the same address.
  • Two or more orphaned brothers and/or sisters under guardianship or fostered who live with the guardian or foster parent, but do not financially depend on them.
  • Three or more orphaned brothers and/or sisters, over 18 years of age, or two, if one of them is disabled, who live with and are financially dependent on each other.
  • A parent with two children, in the event that the other parent is deceased.
  • One or two relatives in the ascending line with two children, whether in common or not, as long as at least one of the children has a recognised disability of 35% or more or is unable to work.
  • Two relatives in the ascending line with two children, whether in common or not, where the two relatives in the ascending line have a recognised disability of 35% or more each, or at least one of them has a level of disability of 65% or more, or they are unable to work.
  • It is understood that this case includes families consisting of a single parent with a proven level of disability of 65% of more, or who is unable to work, with two children.
Requirements to be met by the children
  • Being under 21 years of age, or being disabled or unable to work, or being under 26 years of age if they are studying. There is no age limit for disabled children, as long as they live with their family.
  • Living with the parent, or parents, except cases of separation or divorce.
  • Being financially dependent on the parent or parents.
  • That the children included are single. 
Which body is responsible for the formality?

Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families (Generalitat de Catalunya - Government of Catalonia)

What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • Foreign nationals from other countries have the right to be recognised as a large family under the same terms as Spanish nationals, as long as all the family members giving rise to the right to that status are legally resident in Spain.
  • In the case of foreign nationals from outside the EU, it is a requirement that all the family members’ resident’s permits are current and the expiry date of the certificate may never go beyond the date of those permits.
  • Unmarried couples recognised by a certificate of cohabitation or notarial certificate, or who have a child in common, are recognised as relatives in the ascending line.
  • In the event of break-ups or reformed families, no one may be counted in two different family units at the same time.
  • For families who, at the same time, have the right to be recognised as a large family and also as a single-parent family, a certificate for each one will be issued, as they are compatible. However, benefits in the same class or of the same type are not cumulative, unless established otherwise.
  • You can call the Generalitat help line (012) to resolve any queries or incidents during the process over the Internet.
  • Please remember that the application cannot be processed over the Internet in cases where there are disabled children over 26 years old.
  • Please bear in mind that if the certificate is processed in person, the document is processed and handed over on the spot, as long as you provide the documentation requested and meet all the requirements.
What other linked formalities should you know about?

​If you wish to apply for the single-parent family certificate, prior to getting the document you need to obtain the following:

What do you need to do?

Online
In person

What steps should you take to apply for the large family certificate?

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You have to get a digital certificate

In order to make the application over the Internet, you have to get a digital certificate beforehand.

To get information about the procedure for obtaining the digital certificate, access the appropriate document where you will find the information and all the details about how to obtain it.

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Fill in the form and gather the necessary documentation

You need to access the application form fill it in following the instructions, attach the documents requested and send.

When the application is registered, a page containing the details of the formality will be displayed, along with the document acknowledging receipt. You need to print or save this document, as it contains a record of receipt, the identifier for the formality and the fees.

The form is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

The application cannot be processed over the Internet in cases where there are disabled children over 26 years old.

In the event that you are part of a family unit in a specific situation that is not provided for above, check the specific documentation required with the body responsible.

If you have any queries or incidents while completing the formality over the Internet, please call 012.

Before filling in and sending the application form, you need to find out about the relevant documentation and have it available in electronic format.

Documentation
General documentation
  • Identity document (one of the following documents must be handed over):
    • Spanish national identity document (DNI), NIF (tax identification number) or NIE (identity number for foreign nationals) for the individual or individuals applying and for the children over 18 years of age who form part of the family unit.
  • Family document (one of the following documents must be provided):
    • Full family book, or
    • Ruling, notarial certificate or administrative decision on adoption (only where this document has not previously been submitted to the Catalan Institute for Fostering and Adoption and it is not recorded in the family book), or
    • Court ruling on guardianship.
Specific documentation
  • Document stating where a registered individual lives and with whom for the family unit at the date the application is submitted
  • Certified income tax return for the last available tax year, or an imputed income, in the event there is no obligation to declare in respect of children over 21 years old.
    • In the event that you authorise the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families to check these data with other authorities or bodies, you do not need to provide this documentation.
  • In the case of children over 21 and up to 26 years of age:
    • Certificate of studies or paid enrolment for the year in progress.
  • In the case of stable partnerships with children who are not in common:
    • Document stating where a registered individual lives and with whom for the family unit for the last two years or a notarial certificate.
      • In the event that you authorise the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families to check these data with other authorities or bodies, you do not need to provide this documentation.
  • In the case of separation/divorce:
    • Copy of the separation/divorce ruling.
    • Custody agreement for the children.
  • In the case of widowhood:
    • Death certificate for the other parent, in the event that it is not shown in the family book.
Additional documentation for nationals from another EU country
  • EU resident’s permit for the individual or individuals applying and for the children over 18 years of age who form part of the family unit.
    • If you do not have the above document, you should provide the following:
      • Certified copy of the certificate proving registration in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals.
      • Certified copy of your passport or identity document from your country of origin.
Additional documentation for nationals from a country outside the EU (Non-EU)
  • Current resident’s permit for all members of the family unit.

A certified copy is a true copy of the original document which certifies its validity. It can be applied for at registry offices or via a Spanish notary, by submitting the original document. For more information, check the relevant section on the Barcelona City Council formalities website (available in Catalan and Spanish).

What steps should you take to apply for the large family certificate?

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Fill in the form and gather the documentation

You need to download the application form fill it in, confirm the details and sign it.

The form is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

If you prefer, you can ask for the form and fill it in at the same office you deliver the documentation to.

Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested.

Documentation
  • All documentation to be delivered must be the original and a photocopy, or a certified copy.

A certified copy is a true copy of the original document which certifies its validity. It can be applied for at registry offices or via a Spanish notary, by submitting the original document. For more information, check the relevant section on the Barcelona City Council formalities website (available in Catalan and Spanish).

General documentation
  • Application form for the large family certificate.
    • Identity document (one of the following documents must be provided):
    • Spanish national identity document (DNI), NIF (tax identification number) or NIE (identity number for foreign nationals) for the individual or individuals applying and for the children over 18 years of age who form part of the family unit.
    • Family document (one of the following documents must be provided):
      • Full family book, or
      • Ruling, notarial certificate or administrative decision on adoption (only where this document has not previously been submitted to the Catalan Institute for Fostering and Adoption and it is not recorded in the family book), or
      • Court ruling on guardianship.
Specific documentation
  • Document stating where a registered individual lives and with whom for the family unit at the date the application is submitted
  • Certified income tax return for the last available tax year, or an imputed income, in the event there is no obligation to declare in respect of children over 21 years old.
    • In the event that you authorise the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families to check these data with other authorities or bodies, you do not need to provide this documentation.
  • In the case of children over 21 and up to 26 years of age:
    • Certificate of studies or paid enrolment for the year in progress.
  • In the case of stable partnerships with children who are not in common:
    • Document stating where a registered individual lives and with whom for the family unit for the last two years or a notarial certificate.
      • In the event that you authorise the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families to check these data with other authorities or bodies, you do not need to provide this documentation.
  • In the case of separation/divorce:
    • Copy of the separation/divorce ruling.
    • Custody agreement for the children.
  • In the case of widowhood:
    • Death certificate for the other parent, in the event that it is not shown in the family book.
Additional documentation for nationals from another EU country
  • EU resident’s permit for the individual or individuals applying and for the children over 18 years of age who form part of the family unit.
    • If you do not have the above document, you will need to provide a certified copy of the certificate proving registration in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals and a certified copy of your passport or identity document from the country of origin.
Additional documentation for nationals from a country outside the EU (Non-EU)
  • Current resident’s permit for all members of the family unit.
Next
Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required

To apply for the certificate in person, you need to go to one of the following offices in Barcelona province to submit the application and documentation needed:

  • Directorate-General for Families
  • Social and Family Affairs Offices
  • Citizens Information Offices of the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families
  • Government of Catalonia registry offices for entering and issuing documents
  • You can also go to any of the other places provided for by law:
    • At the registries of government bodies.
    • At post offices (in the form stipulated in the regulations).
    • At Spanish diplomatic representations or consular offices abroad.
    • At any other place provided for under current rules

You can make an appointment before you go at some of these offices. To do so, go to the “Appointments” portal on the Government of Catalonia formalities website

Next
You will receive the certificate

If you submit the application in person at one of the offices of the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families, the large family certificate will be given to you on the spot, along with the decision in favour, as long as:

  • You satisfy all the requirements
  • You provide the documentation needed

If these conditions are not fulfilled, or if the application is submitted by individuals in specific cases, the document will not be received then and there.

In such situations, the authority has a period of 6 months from the date the application is submitted to give and notify its decision on granting it.

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.