How to apply for a Social Security Number in Spain

social security number in spain




In this post we will explain how to obtain  a Social Security Number in Spain (Número de afilicaion a la seguridad social).

First of all, locate your nearest social security office (Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social – TGSS), you can find a list of them here.

You will need to take (copy and original of):  

• Your passport
• Your NIE / Residency document
• TA.1 form (download it here)

For detailed instructions how to complete the TA.1 to apply for your social security number in Spain , Click Here.


If you are going to register as Self Employed (Autonomo), or are wanting to make voluntary payments , you will also need to take your bank account details, to set up automatic payments each month.

For any further assistance regarding applying for your social security number in Spain or any other 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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5 comments on “How to apply for a Social Security Number in Spain
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    Hi Lisa,

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    I want to know how to apply for NIE and SSN Number and how long does it take.
    My employer has asked me to get NIE and SSN before the joining date.

    Please advise me.


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