Tax Identification Number (NIF)

​Generally speaking, the Tax Identification Number (NIF) for Spanish citizens is the number on the National Identification Document (DNI). For Non-Spanish citizens, is the Foreigner Identification Number (NIE). Both documents (DNI and NIE) are issued by the Spanish Ministry of Interior.

Taxpayers must include the NIF in every document that has any implication for the Spanish taxation system (tax returns, bank accounts, contracts, deeds, etc.). If you do not have NIF, you must apply for it.

There are four cases in which it is possible to apply for a NIF directly with the AEAT (Spanish Tax Agency), instead of applying for a DNI/NIE with the Ministry of Interior:

- For Spanish citizens under 14 years old.
- For Spanish adults with residence abroad or temporary in Spain for a period no longer than 6 months, with no valid DNI in force.
- Foreigner individuals not allowed to apply for a NIE.
- Foreigner or Spanish companies (the NIF assigned will not be temporary, as in the cases above).

Those persons living abroad that have not a DNI/NIE in force can apply at this consulate General for a temporary NIF (cases 1st to 3rd) or a definitive NIF (case 4th) in order to be able to perform the operations that so require.


Appointment: You may need an appointment (choose "Otros") in order to apply for the NIE (Foreign Identification Number) or the Certificate of Non Residence in Spain. In case you will come without an appointment, the hours will be from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, except holidays. Applicants with previously booked appointments will be assisted first.



NIF application requirements

1.- For individuals:
a) Show your passport in force or other ID equivalent to the Spanish DNI.
b) Show proof that you residence within this consular jurisdiction. Spanish applicants must be registered in our Consular Registry.
c) If the person is applying through a representative, a Power of Attorney will be required.

2.- For companies:
a) Certificate of Good Standing from the registry of companies or fiscal/revenue authority, stating the following:
- That the company is legally a corporation
- Legal name of the company
- Legal address of the company
- Nationality of the company
- Date of formation and registration
- Company´s legal funds, if required by law
- Company´s representatives:
    Name and NIF of the representatives abroad,
    Name, NIF, address and citizenship of the representatives in Spain, if any
- If the company has not legal status as a collective entity, name, NIF, address and citizenship of all members will be required.
b) Written application for the NIF signed by the person acting as the company's representative. The applicant will also be required to provide:
- ID card or any document stating his/her NIF
- Power of Attorney. Will be enough the document specified in point 2.a above, if the document already certifies this representation.

Those documents should be presented or submitted by mail to our offices located at:

Consulate General of Spain
150 East 58th St., 30th Floor
New York, NY 10155.

Once the documents presented and verified by this office, the NIF will be issued.

Additional information: AEAT (Spanish Tax Agency website)

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