Nerja’s Foreigners Department have published the following advice with regard to renewing the documents foreigners need if they live in Nerja, specifically the Residents Card, NIE number (foreigners identification number) and Padron (similar to the electoral roll). These documents are all needed for things like opening a bank account, buying a car or house or use the public services such as the schools and hospitals:-

There is confusion regarding when renewals take place, as this date normally is not shown on the document. All the applications and bank payment forms together with a translation of the necessary documents required are available free at Nerja Foreigners Department (at the Ayuntamiento building by the Balcon de Europa pictured). Please note the following renewal dates:

RESIDENT CARD OR CERTIFICATE: After 5 years.Residents will only have to renew their Residencia once, as after 5 years you become a Permanent Resident and renewals will no more be necessary.Residencias and renewals are applied for at Torre del Mar Police Station. To check if you are a Permanent Resident, see if your card or certificate states in the middle lines “residente con caracter permanente”. If you have the old big green sheet, you can change it for a small green card (without a photo) at any time even if renewal is not due.

The Residence Card will cost 10.40 € and it will be given on the same day. The Resident Card includes your NIE number which will always be the same number. When presenting anywhere, show your Resident Card as it gives you more benefits than an NIE certificate.

NIE: Does not need renewal. Contradictorily, the recent NIE certificate states at the bottom that it is only valid for three months. This does not mean that you have to renew your NIE every 3 months. It means that if you have to give in your original NIE certificate to any official organism, they might ask for it to be renewed (at Torre del Mar National Police Station) as any certificate stating “Certifico or Certificado” at the top lasts for three months.But normally, this is not the case, so you do not need to renew your NIE. Your NIE number will always be the same.

PADRON: Every 2 years.If you live in Nerja more than 3 or 4 months every year, you should register on the Padron, the town population list. The more persons registered, the more money the Town Hall will receive from the Regional and Central Government for doctors, police, schools, infrastructure, etc.After 2 years you will receive a reminder letter asking you to renew your Padron and come to the Town Hall with your NIE or Resident Card.

Only the first time that you register on the Padron it will last for 5 years counting from the date shown on your NIE or Resident Card.Please come to the Foreigners Department to register on the Padron or to check that you still figure on this population list.Documents required:To register on the Padron for the first time, present copy of:· NIE Certificate or Resident Card (not just the number, the document).· Passport.· One of the following receipts in your name: electricity, water, telephone, internet, gas, rental contract, IBI or title deeds (Escritura). To renew your Padron, present copy of:· NIE Certificate or Resident Card (not just the number, the document).

Please come to the Foreigners Department to register on the Padron and collaborate to improve your town, which is Nerja.

Opening hours:Mondays and Thursdays from 10.00 a 14.00.
Telephone: 952 54 8401
The Nerja Foreigners Department is on the ground floor of the Town Hall next to the main entrance. We will be pleased to assist all foreigners that need general information on living in Nerja.

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