Does your Spanish NIE expire after 3 months?

In response to the question “Does your Spanish NIE expire after 3 months?”  … The answer is “no”!

Some companies are telling people that their NIE expires after 3 months. This information is not totally true and is very misleading.

As we have previously explained (read the post here) , if you are planning to stay in Spain for more than 3 months then you no longer need to apply for an NIE , you can register as a foreign resident (click here for details how to do this ) , receive the green certificate (which has replaced the old residency cards) and consequently save yourself time and money.

However, if you require an NIE to purchase a property or a car then  you will receive the white sheet of paper with your NIE number which is a number assigned to you for life. At the bottom of this paper you will see the words “caduca en 3 meses”. This basically means that the certificate is only valid for 3 months, however your NIE will not change and can be used for legal and bureaucratic purposes.

If you require any further relating to this matter, do not hesitate to Contact Us.

By Lisa Sadleir

© Copyright 2012 Lisa Sadleir, All rights Reserved. Written For: Costa Consulting Bureau

We provide invaluable advice and assistance to people living in and moving to Spain ... We look forward to saving you time, money and frustration by overcoming the hurdles of Spanish bureaucracy.

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One comment on “Does your Spanish NIE expire after 3 months?
  1. Chris Elliot says:

    I applied for nie number about 8 yrs ago but never went back got the certificate, but got issued number. What do I do now. Do I have to reapply

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