How long does a Spanish NIE number last?

May 5, 2020

If you live in Spain it is very important to have all your documents up to date, and the NIE is one of these important documents. But, how long does a Spanish NIE number last? The truth is that the Spanish NIE number will never change. This number will be your Spanish Identification Number forever. The confusion comes when we talk about the Certificate (the NIE document A4 file).

How long does a Spanish NIE number last? It last forever

So, now we know that the number will never change, lest talk about the NIE document.

How long does a Spanish NIE number last? This is a Spanish NIE number certificste without date of expired.

Does Spanish NIE certificate expire?

This question is not easy to answer, we could say Yes and No. Before 2016, the NIE number used to come with an expiry date or limited for 3 months. This NIE was called temporary NIE in Spain.

If you want to know How long does a Spanish NIE number last? you have to see if your NIE has an expired date, you can see if at the end of the NIE document. If it has an expired date, you should read valid for 3 months only “caduca en tres meses”. Now are again being provided without an expiry date.

Does the NIE certificate have a three-month validity? After 3 months do I need to apply for a new one?

The truth is that even if your NIE certificate has an expired date, for many legal and public thins it is still valid, you can use it. There are a few cases where you can’t use it, maybe for traffic things or open banks account. In this case the question How long does a Spanish NIE number last? is depending on which procedure are you doing.

Probably if you are reading this, is because you are having problems with your old NIE. If in some place they say that they can accept you NIE because is expired, you will need to apply for a new one.

The thing is there is no point in renewing it because your Number will never change and it doesn’t have a picture to identify you. So if you renew it nothing will change in this document.

Do I need to renew my Nie certificate?

If for some reason you are doing some paperwork, your NIE has an expiry date and an update NIE certificate is required, I’m afraid you should apply for a duplicate. Usually, this doesn’t happen. Almost in all places accept the outdated NIE certificate or even the old one (this used to come with a picture).

But, if you are not one of these small cases where the NIE must be up to date, don’t do it. Otherwise, you will waste your time for nothing.

How do I re-apply for an expired NIE?

Sanish NIE number form ex- 15  to renwe it if it is expired

The application for an expired NIE number is almost the same as applying for a new NIE number, you must complete the same application form (ex – 15) and book an NIE renewal appointment. You can read our blog post where we explain step by step how to get a Spanish NIE number or if you contact us now we can help you to renew it, in some areas you can have it in less than a week.

In the NIE application form to renew it be sure that you write your NIE number, see it in the picture above. If you don’t know your NIE number, please explain this situation to the police officer. Otherwise, they can make a new NIE number for you and you will be registered in the tax office twice. If you have 2 NIE number you could have problems with the tax office.

I’ve lost my NIE document so I don’t know if it’s expired or not

When you lost your NIE certificate, it doesn’t matter if it is expired or not. You will need to apply for a duplicate NIE Spanish number in your nearest police station. Why? Because, as you might now, the NIE is your identity card. It is so important to have it ready for any paperwork.

If you have any other question about how long does your Spanish NIE number last, do not hesitate to contact us or get a free appointment with us to discuss your problem. I hope we have answered your question about How long does a Spanish NIE number last.

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29 Comments

  1. Gill Harrison

    Hi I lived in Spain Costa Blanca for 3 years this was 12yrs ago I had al the paperwork incl. NIE Green Cert Paper – I’m just enquiring would this still be valid if I move back to Spain in a year or 2 ??

    Thank you for your help
    Mrs G Harrison

    Reply
    • Yann

      Hello Gill,

      The NIe number never expired. The green residencia last forever. If you are UK passport holder, then you should get a TIE.

      Reply
  2. Jiyan Baran Bükün

    Hello,

    I hope you had a great day. I am a non-eu citizen studying in spain. I have a TIE card that will expire in 12th of September. I know that I have an option to renew it after expiration date within 90 days. I wanted to kindly ask you if my NIE number is valid during this 90 days? Another important doubt is can I work as an intern during these 90 days in Spain?

    Thanks a lot for your consideration and time.

    Best Regards

    Reply
    • Yann

      Hello,

      Your NIE is not Valid during these 90 days.

      Reply
      • Jiyan Baran Bükün

        Thanks for quick reply.

        Reply
  3. Adnan Rahman

    Hello!

    My NIE expired in September,2023. I submitted my file for renewal before expiry and it is now in process and currently i am working, can you please tell me am i able to work if my NIE if it,s still in process?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Yann

      Hello,

      Yes, it is still valid 3 months after the expiration date. You can use your TIE card for wwork. But, you can’t go out of Spain. You need a Carta de Regreso.

      Reply
      • Adnan

        Good morning!

        Thanks for your kind reply.

        Have a good day!

        Reply
  4. Marléne

    I lived in Spain 2017-2020. I had an NIE number, residencia (via my British passport), and I also had autonomo.

    After I left, the residencia card expired.

    I am now back in Spain and will be applying for residencia again – but this time with an Irish passport which makes me an EU citizen.

    Will I be given a new NIE?

    I want to buy some goods online and I am being asked for my NIE. Can I use the original NIE I was given for now – until I apply for the residencia again via my EU passport?

    Reply
    • Yann

      Hello,

      The NIE number will still be the same.

      Reply
    • Cara Harnett

      I am in the exact same situation as you – I left Spain in 2017 and am now moving back this month, previously holding a UK passport and now Irish.

      Have you applied for residencia yet? If so, can you let me know if there was any issue with the change in nationality?

      Reply
  5. Mark

    Hello,

    If my 3months NIE card expired but I don’t have the requirements to create the 5 years Residental Card, then what will happen if I late for more months? For example if my 3months NIE expire in December, but I only have the requirements in March to make the Residental card, will I get some punishment?

    Thank you!

    Reply
  6. Eva

    Hi there,

    I used to live in Canarias in 2015 and had a NIE then. I still have the number but not sure if I still have the document. Do I need to apply for a duplicate? Is the NIE still valid even though it was issued before 2016?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Yann

      The NIE number is still valid.

      If you want to live in spain, you need to renew the residency.

      Reply
  7. Bahareh

    Hi, my NIE card expired 30th september, I applied for renewal it at 3th september, today is 30th november and it’s in process yet. Today I lost this NIE card, as well. I reported it to the police and I received also a report from the police.
    Do you know that I can submit this report of police instead of my nie card in addition to other documents for renewal my NIE? Or I have to apply for a duplicate first? (Because the lost NIE card is already expired!)
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Yann

      Thanks for contacting us. I will be happy to help you getting anie NIE residency card (TIE).

      We can renew the TIE without the expired one, the process takes around 1 -3 months.

      Reply
  8. Martha Harlam

    My NIE / all my accounts at the bank, Apple account have all been hacked! I have to.get a total new identity. Can you please help me!

    Thank you for your help. Regards. Martha Harlam

    Reply
    • Yann

      Yes, we can help you getting a duplicate of all these important documents.

      Reply
  9. Aynura Valiyeva

    Hello. I am a PhD student in Spain. My PhD program ends in the first week of February 2024.
    I possessed NIE due to my education in Spain. Though I am a PhD student I live in Azerbaijan as my education is part-time.
    My NIE expired in 2009 and I couldn’t extend it.

    Now I want to renew my NIE card as long as my education program has not ended yet.

    Could you please tell me what I can do to renew my expired NIE?
    My NIE number is Y4938700 Q.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,
    Aynura (Ms)

    Reply
  10. Marilou Marcelo

    Hi my Nie is going to expired February 10, my papers is in En tramitee what I need to do so that I can receive my Nie before November 10 thanks

    Reply
  11. Emma Snowsill

    Hello I lived in Spain from 1986-1998
    I had a NIE number along with a Spanish driving licence. My father still lives in Spain. I am concerned about his Will should he die. Is my NIE still valid or do I need a new one?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Yann

      Dear Emma,

      The NIE number never expired. But you should have an old document, it is not acceptable in some organizations of the government. For example Tráfico. So, if he passed away and you inherited a car, you will need a nIE duplicate.

      Reply
  12. Omos

    Hello
    Please, I lost my Nie and already went to denunciar at the police station. I booked a date to fingerprint for a new one, but the police asked for my passport, which I don’t have with me because I applied for a UK visa with the passport and it will probably take three months to come out. My question is: Will I have any problems when Requesting for a duplicate copy of my nie when I go back to the police station with my passport after three months? I already made denunciar and was given a paper but I can’t thumbprint until I get my passport.

    Reply
    • Yann

      Dear Omos,

      For all the process in the Extranjería you always need the passport. If you go later with the passport you will not have any problem.

      Reply
  13. Casey

    Hello, does the Support Number on the top right of the NIE Card ever change? I’m a US citizen who used to live in Spain (2019-21) and tried requesting a background check on the Ministry of Justice’s website, but the support number would not go through. On mine, it started with the letter “E.” Thank you.

    Reply
    • Yann

      HEllo,

      the problem could be that your TIE is expired. Do you have a new one?

      Reply
  14. Adnan

    Hello Advisor Costa blanca!!

    I am an International Student in Spain from the last 3 years. I worked 1 year and 6 months (Per week 30 hours) and paid all the taxes very well. I have a Valid Student Residency.

    Can you please tell me, Can I apply for Araigo Laboral to change from Student to normal residency!

    Your comment will be appreciated your platform always amazed me with good information.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    • Yann

      Hello,

      We will need more information, please contact us directly. Probably yes, but we need to study your case.

      Reply
  15. Adnan

    Good Morning!

    I am an International Student in Spain from the Last 3 years. And i worked more than 1 year and 6 months currently working too.

    Currently my NIE status is Student. Can you please tell me, if I can apply for Araigo Laboral.

    Thanks!

    Reply

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