Registration in the Barcelona Municipal Register of Residents

Updated 10/2021

Registration in the city's register of residents for everyone living in Barcelona

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

It is FREE OF CHARGE

DOES NOT EXPIRE (with the exception of non-EU foreign nationals without long-stay residence who have to renew it every two years

It can be applied for at ANY TIME. It is needed for other formalities

It can be processed IN PERSON, ONLINE or BY TELEPHONE

What is it?

The municipal register of residents is a list registering all the people habitually living in a town or city (municipality) and who form its population. Registering on this list (empadronarse in Spanish) gives the registrant the status of local resident.

Important information

The formality is compulsory for everyone living in Barcelona. When it is done, the document attesting to an individual's current registration in the municipal register, certifying the registration, is received.

The registration does not expire for people from the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland. However, non-EU foreign nationals without long-stay residence have to renew it every two years. 

You can also consult the official web page for the formality, which is available in Catalan and Spanish.

If you need to register in a municipality other than Barcelona, go to the offices in your municipality to get specific information.

Why is it important?

It is an essential formality that gives access to certain rights, such as public healthcare and basic schooling for children. It is also crucial because it is an indispensable requisite for many other procedures.

Access to these services is related to the proximity of the registered address (domicili d'empadronament) to the centre where the service is provided. For this reason, it is important to identify the usual place of residence correctly on the registration.

Registration is also one of the indispensable requirements to be complied with by people from the European Union, or from countries with which Spain has signed a reciprocity agreement, in order to have the right to vote in local elections. Therefore, in addition to Registration in the municipal register:

  • European Union nationals must declare their intention to vote, so that they can be included on the electoral roll.
  • People from countries with a reciprocity agreement must prove continuous legal residence in Spain for five years, or more, on the date of application (except in the case of Norwegian nationals, who only have to demonstrate a period of three years) and also apply for inclusion on the electoral roll.
Who does it apply to?

It is for everyone who is living in the City of Barcelona.

Who should apply for it?

  • Individuals of legal age:
    • Can apply for their registration and that of their family unit if they come from the same municipality (partner and children in common).
    • If the formality is completed in person, they can also apply for registration for any other individual of legal age or from a different family unit.
  • The legal representatives of minors or legally incapacitated people.
What requirements must be met?
  • Being resident in Barcelona.
  • Not appearing on the city’s register of residents at the time of registration.
Which body is responsible for the formality?
What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • The Citizens Information Office in Plaza de Sant Miquel offers an in-person service in the following languages: English, French, Arabic, Urdu, sign language, Catalan and Spanish. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, 8:30 am - 8 pm (except in August, when Saturday opening hours are 9 am - 2 pm).
  • When you have all the documents needed, it is a simple and quick formality to complete.
  • If you live in several municipalities during the year, you must register in a single place, being the place where you spend the most time over the course of the year. 
  • If you do not have a fixed address and you want to register, you need to apply for the residence recognition report prior to applying for registration. The application must be made in person, having made an appointment beforehand.
  • The details which must be recorded in a tenancy agreement in order to obtain registration are as follows:
    • Complete identification of the rented property
    • Cadastral reference, which is the official and compulsory identity number for properties
    • For more information, go to the portal of the Directorate-General for the Cadastre
  • The annual rent payable
  • Term of the agreement
  • Date it came into force or agreement signature date
  • Payment method for the rent
  • Details of the landlord and tenant
    • Natural persons: name and surnames, identity document
    • Legal persons: company name, tax ID code (NIF) and the details of the director or representative (name and surnames and identity document)
  • Signatures of the landlord and tenant

You can also consult the official web page for the formality, which is available in Catalan and Spanish.

What do you need to do?

Online
Telephone
In person

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Obtain a digital identification

To carry out the procedure online, you must identify yourself on the portal with one of these three identification methods:

idCAT Mòbil

The idCAT Mòbil can be obtained in the same portal, before starting the process. Access the registry and choose the option 'Regístrame'.

These are the requirements to obtain the idCAT Mòbil:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • DNI or TIE (not just the NIE).
  • TSI (Individual Health Card) of the CatSalut (Servei Català de la Salut) or be the holder / beneficiary of Muface.
  • Mobile phone.

If you are a foreign European person from the Schengen area and do not have a TIE, you can obtain the idCAt Mòbil through this form.

Clave Pin 24h o DNIe

See how to obtain this type of identification the following link.

Digital Certificate

To know how to obtain it, access the Digital Certificate procedure.

To complete the application online, you will have to sign it by electronic signature.

 

Before starting the application, look into and prepare the documentation that will be requested in order to register.

Documentation
  • To complete the formality over the Internet, the documentation must be provided in a digital format.
  • Documents are accepted in the following official languages: Catalan and Spanish. Otherwise, the original must be provided with a translation done by the Spanish consulate or by a translator qualified to do official translations (sworn translator).
  • Signed application form with electronic signature.
Valid identity document for all the people of legal age wishing to register
  • Spanish nationals: DNI or passport.
  • European Union, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals: resident’s card, passport or identity document from the country of origin.
    • If the NIE (identity number for foreign nationals) certificate is provided, it must always be accompanied by the passport or identity document from the country of origin.
  • Nationals from all other countries: resident’s card or passport.
Valid identity document for all minors wishing to register
  • Spanish nationals over 14 years of age: DNI or passport.
  • Spanish nationals under 14 years old: family book or birth certificate and DNI or passport, if they have one.
  • Foreign nationals: resident’s card, passport or identity document from the country of origin (the latter document only applies if you come from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein).
     

If the details of the parent or parents do not appear in the minor’s documents, the following must be provided:

  • Family book (where they exist in the country in question), birth registration, or the passport of the parent or parents containing all the minor’s details.
Documentation for representatives
  • Legal document accepting legal guardianship or notarially recorded powers of attorney.
  • Personal identity document of the authorised person.
  • Personal identity document of the authorising person.
Documentation for representation of minors
  • Joint statement regarding minors with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
  • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents. Their signatures must appear where minors are registered with just one of the parents or with third parties without either parent.
  • In the case of separation or divorce
    • Where there is no court ruling
      • Joint statement regarding minorswith the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
      • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents where their signatures appear.
    • If there is a ruling regarding shared guardianship and custody:
      • Original and photocopy of the ruling, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
      • Joint statement regarding minors with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
      • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents.
    • In the case of a court ruling which expressly states where the minor must be registered:
  • In the case of a separation or divorce ruling recording guardianship and custody in the name of the applicant
    • Original and photocopy of the ruling, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
    • The relevant statement of compliance regarding minors signed by the applicant.
    • Original and photocopy of the personal identity documents of the applicant and the minor.
  • Other situations
    • Original and photocopy of the court documentation for guardianship of minors, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
Documentation relating to the address from where registration is made
  • Owned property
    • If you are shown as the owner on the property tax (IBI) receipt
      • You do not need to provide any proof, because the government checks it internally, automatically.
    • If you are not shown as the owner on the property tax (IBI) receipt
    • You need to prove ownership with one of the following documents:
      • Deed of ownership of the property showing you as the owner.
        • In the case of a life interest:
          • Express authorisation from, and signed by, the person holding the right.
          • Original and photocopy of your identity document.
      • Private contract of sale, not more than one year old, showing you to be the current owner.
      • In the case of inherited properties:
        • Deed of acceptance of inheritance. The document must not be more than one year old, from the date of decease of the person bequeathing the property.
      • Land Register extract, valid for three months.
  • Rented property
    • Current tenancy agreement (not indefinite) with a minimum term of six months. If the term is less than six months, it will have to be an agreement extended beyond that time (the extension must be explicitly recorded).
    • Extended tenancy agreement, along with the current extension.
    • Expired tenancy agreement which is extendible (the extension clause must be explicitly recorded)
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (receipts for electricity, water and gas are accepted, while mobile phone and Internet access receipts are not accepted), paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
    • Indefinite contract, as long as four years or more have elapsed since the agreement came into force
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (electricity, water and gas) paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown. Mobile phone and Internet access contracts are not accepted.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
    • Indefinite contract, with a subrogation document for an equally indefinite term, provided that four years or more have elapsed since the agreement came into force
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (electricity, water and gas) paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown. Mobile phone and Internet access contracts are not accepted.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.

If your profile does not match any of those referred to, call the information and formalities telephone line (010) to ask what specific documentation you need. The phone service is available in English, French, Spanish and Catalan.

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Identify yourself, fill out and sign the form

Identify yourself at the identification portal.

Select the procedure you want to carry out (Register in the municipal register of residents) and access the form.

  1. Select one option:
    • Alta en el padrón (Register in the municipal register of residents)
    • Adjuntar documentación a una solicitud efectuada de manera telemática. (Attach documentation to a request made electronically)
       
  2. Fill out the form and confirm the information.
     
  3. Attach the necessary documentation.
     
  4. Confirm your information and sign the application with a electronic signature.
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Print the document

Print the document resulting from the procedure (file in PDF format) or save it on your computer.

If everything is correct, within a month you will receive by email the confirmation of completion of the process and that you are registered at the new address. From this moment on you will be able to obtain the documentation attesting where a registered individuals lives and with whom.

Otherwise, the Barcelona City Council will contact you to inform you of the amendments to be made or the documentation to be provided in order to correctly complete the registration.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Fill in the form and gather the documentation > Documentation).

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Call and give your details

If you call from the city of Barcelona, call 010. During the call, you will need to provide the details of the individuals wishing to register: You should have the following to hand:

Proof of the property, by means of one of the following documents:

  • Property tax (IBI), deed of ownership, tenancy agreement or details of the person authorising you.

Identification of the people registering

  • Name and surnames, date and place of birth, DNI (national identity document) / NIE (identity number for foreign nationals) / passport.

Information and formalities telephone line: 010

The telephone service is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.

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You will receive the instructions, application form and information about the requisite documents by post.

You will receive the instructions for completing the formality, the application form and information about the documentation needed by ordinary post. Post will be sent to the registration address.

Before starting the process of sending the application, look into and prepare the documentation that will be requested in order to register.

Documentation
  • To complete the formality over the Internet, the documentation provided will be photocopies, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Documents are accepted in the following official languages: Catalan and Spanish. Otherwise, the original must be provided with a translation done by the Spanish consulate or by a translator qualified to do official translations (sworn translator).
  • Signed application form
Valid identity document for all the people of legal age wishing to register
  • Spanish nationals: DNI or passport.
  • European Union, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals: resident’s card, passport or identity document from the country of origin.
    • If the NIE (identity number for foreign nationals) certificate is provided, it must always be accompanied by the passport or identity document from the country of origin.
  • Nationals from all other countries: resident’s card or passport.
Valid identity document for all minors wishing to register
  • Spanish nationals over 14 years of age: DNI or passport.
  • Spanish nationals under 14 years old: family book or birth certificate and DNI or passport, if they have one.
  • Foreign nationals: resident’s card, passport or identity document from the country of origin (the latter document only applies if you come from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein).

If the details of the parent or parents do not appear in the minor’s documents, the following must be provided:

  • Family book (where they exist in the country in question), birth registration, or the passport of the parent or parents containing all the minor’s details.
Documentation for representatives
  • Legal document accepting legal guardianship or notarially recorded powers of attorney.
  • Personal identity document of the authorised person.
  • Personal identity document of the authorising person.
Documentation for representation of minors
  • Joint statement regarding minors with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
  • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents. Their signatures must appear where minors are registered with just one of the parents or with third parties without either parent.
  • In the case of separation or divorce
    • Where there is no court ruling
      • Joint statement regarding minors, with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
      • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents where their signatures appear.
    • If there is a ruling regarding shared guardianship and custody:
      • Original and photocopy of the ruling, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
      • Joint statement regarding minors with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
      • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents.
    • In the case of a court ruling which expressly states where the minor must be registered:
  • In the case of a separation or divorce ruling recording guardianship and custody in the name of the applicant
    • Original and photocopy of the ruling, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
    • The relevant statement of compliance regarding minors signed by the applicant.
    • Original and photocopy of the personal identity documents of the applicant and the minor.
  • Other situations
    • Original and photocopy of the court documentation for guardianship of minors, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
Documentation relating to the address from where registration is made
  • Owned property
    • If you are shown as the owner on the property tax (IBI) receipt
      • You do not need to provide any proof, because the government checks it internally, automatically.
    • If you are not shown as the owner on the property tax (IBI) receipt
    • You need to prove ownership with one of the following documents:
      • Deed of ownership of the property showing you as the owner.
        • In the case of a life interest:
          • Express authorisation from, and signed by, the person holding the right.
          • Original and photocopy of your identity document.
      • Private contract of sale, not more than one year old, showing you to be the current owner.
      • In the case of inherited properties:
        • Deed of acceptance of inheritance. The document must not be more than one year old, from the date of decease of the person bequeathing the property.
      • Land Register extract, valid for three months.
  • Rented property
    • Current tenancy agreement (not indefinite) with a minimum term of six months. If the term is less than six months, it will have to be an agreement extended beyond that time (the extension must be explicitly recorded).
    • Extended tenancy agreement, along with the current extension.
    • Expired tenancy agreement which is extendible (the extension clause must be explicitly recorded)
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (receipts for electricity, water and gas are accepted, while mobile phone and Internet access receipts are not accepted), paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
    • Indefinite contract, as long as four years or more have elapsed since the agreement came into force
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (electricity, water and gas) paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown. Mobile phone and Internet access contracts are not accepted.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
    • Indefinite contract, with a subrogation document for an equally indefinite term, provided that four years or more have elapsed since the agreement came into force
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (electricity, water and gas) paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown. Mobile phone and Internet access contracts are not accepted.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.

If your profile does not match any of those referred to, call the information and formalities telephone line (010) to ask what specific documentation you need. The phone service is available in English, French, Spanish and Catalan.

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Send the application and the documentation

You need to send the signed application form and required documentation by ordinary post within one month.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Fill in the form and gather the documentation > Documentation).

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You will receive the document by post

Once the formality is completed, you will receive the document showing registration on the register of residents by post.

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Make an appointment beforehand and get the documentation together

To register in person, you need to make an appointment beforehand by accessing 'Appointments with Citizen Help and Information Offices (OAC)'

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

Before the day of the appointment, look into and prepare the documentation that will be requested in order to register.

Documentation
  • The documentation for in-person processing must be original and in hard copy, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Documents are accepted in the following official languages: Catalan and Spanish. Otherwise, the original must be provided with a translation done by the Spanish consulate or by a translator qualified to do official translations (sworn translator).
  • If you have an authorisation to register other people of legal age or from other family units, this will only be valid for one month from the date shown on the document.
  • The city council has the right to request additional documentation proving habitual residence at the address in order to check the veracity of the data contained in the municipal register of residents.
  • Provide the details of the people you want to register.
  • Signed application form.
Valid identity document for all the individuals of legal age wishing to register
  • Spanish nationals: DNI or passport.
  • European Union, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals: resident’s card, passport or identity document from the country of origin.
    • If the NIE (identity number for foreign nationals) certificate is provided, it must always be accompanied by the passport or identity document from the country of origin.
  • Nationals from all other countries: resident’s card or passport.
Valid identity document for all minors wishing to register
  • Spanish nationals over 14 years of age: DNI or passport.
  • Spanish nationals under 14 years old: family book or birth certificate and DNI or passport, if they have one.
  • Foreign nationals: resident’s card, passport or identity document from the country of origin (the latter document only applies if you come from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein).

If the details of the parent or parents do not appear in the minor’s documents, the following must be provided:

  • Family book (where they exist in the country in question), birth registration, or the passport of the parent or parents containing all the minor’s details.
Documentation for authorised persons and family units
  • Express authorisation to delegate the process, duly signed (original document).
    • In the case of family units (couple and children in common), this authorisation is also compulsory for everyone of legal age.
  • Personal identity document of the authorised person
  • Photocopy of the personal identity document of the authorising person
Documentation for representatives
  • Legal document accepting legal guardianship or notarially recorded powers of attorney.
  • Personal identity document of the authorised person.
  • Personal identity document of the authorising person.
Documentation for representation of minors
  • Joint statement regarding minors with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration
  • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents. Their signatures must appear where minors are registered with just one of the parents or with third parties without either parent.
  • In the case of separation or divorce
    • Where there is no court ruling
      • Joint statement regarding minors, with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
      • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents where their signatures appear.
    • If there is a ruling regarding shared guardianship and custody:
      • Original and photocopy of the ruling, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
      • Joint statement regarding minors with the original signature of the parent (in the case of single-parent families) or parents, confirming that they agree to their registration.
      • Photocopies of the parent's (in the case of single-parent families) or parents’ identity documents.
    • In the case of a court ruling which expressly states where the minor must be registered:
  • In the case of a separation or divorce ruling recording guardianship and custody in the name of the applicant
    • Original and photocopy of the ruling, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
    • The relevant statement of compliance regarding minors signed by the applicant.
    • Original and photocopy of the personal identity documents of the applicant and the minor.
  • Other situations
    • Original and photocopy of the court documentation for guardianship of minors, which it is compulsory to attach to the documentation on file.
Documentation relating to the address from where registration is made
  • Owned property
    • If you are shown as the owner on the property tax (IBI) receipt
      • You do not need to provide any proof, because the government checks it internally, automatically.
    • If you are not shown as the owner on the property tax (IBI) receipt
    • You need to prove ownership with one of the following documents:
      • Deed of ownership of the property showing you as the owner.
        • In the case of a life interest:
          • Express authorisation from, and signed by, the person holding the right.
          • Original and photocopy of your identity document.
      • Private contract of sale, not more than one year old, showing you to be the current owner.
      • In the case of inherited properties:
        • Deed of acceptance of inheritance. The document must not be more than one year old, from the date of decease of the person bequeathing the property.
      • Land Register extract, valid for three months.
  • Rented property
    • Current tenancy agreement (not indefinite) with a minimum term of six months. If the term is less than six months, it will have to be an agreement extended beyond that time (the extension must be explicitly recorded).
    • Extended tenancy agreement, along with the current extension.
    • Expired tenancy agreement which is extendible (the extension clause must be explicitly recorded)
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (receipts for electricity, water and gas are accepted, while mobile phone and Internet access receipts are not accepted), paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
    • Indefinite contract, as long as four years or more have elapsed since the agreement came into force
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (electricity, water and gas) paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown. Mobile phone and Internet access contracts are not accepted.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
    • Indefinite contract, with a subrogation document for an equally indefinite term, provided that four years or more have elapsed since the agreement came into force
      • Last receipt for rent, paid within the last two months, which must show full details identifying the rental.
      • Last receipt or bank slip for utilities (electricity, water and gas) paid in the name of the tenant within the last three months. The same coding as in the rental agreement must be shown. Mobile phone and Internet access contracts are not accepted.
      • Bank transfer, which must show the details needed to identify the rental.
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Go to the place indicated and submit the documentation required

On the day of the appointment, you have to provide the details of the individuals wishing to register and submit the documentation required.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Make an appointment beforehand and gather the documentation > Documentation).

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You will be registered while you are at the appointment

Once you submit the documentation on the day of the appointment, registration will be done on the spot, and you will be given the attesting document, of which you can request up to two copies.