You have received your positive citizenship resolution. You complete the oath process. Finally, the last step of the process arrives. The step that will allow you to obtain the ID document that certifies that you are finally a Spanish citizen: the DNI (and passport).

But, how should you do it exactly? Where is this document requested,and how much does it cost?

If you would like to know the answers to these questions (and more), keep reading. You are about to find out how to get the Spanish DNI for the first time as a foreigner with all the details you need to know to enjoy an easy process.


How to get your Spanish DNI as a foreigner?


Once you have finally obtained your nationality by residence and you have completed the oath process, there is only one last step left: changing your NIE for your DNI.

The process is really straightforward, and can be summarized in simple steps.

The first thing you will have to do is to make sure you can gather all the necessary documentation, which we will see in the next section.

Once you have everything ready, you can move on to the next step, which consists of requesting an appointment to submit the documentation you have prepared.

The procedure is done at the National Police, so you will have to make an appointment through their website (although you can also make an appointment by phone by calling 060).

You can make an appointment at any police station office through this link.

Please note that it is NOT necessary to make an appointment at the nearest police station. You can make an appointment at any of the available police stations, regardless of where you are registered or where you live.

The process is very fast, and you will leave the same day of the appointment with your DNI. In other words, you will not have to wait for it to be issued or come back another time to pick it up.

However, once you request it, the process does not end here.

Afterwards, you will need to request your concordance certificate and use it to notify all the institutions with which you have registered with your NIE that now your new method of identification is the recently obtained DNI.


What are the documents required to obtain the Spanish DNI?


The list of documents to get this basic identity document in Spain is really short and easy to obtain.

So, what should I bring on the day of the appointment to get the DNI?

  • First of all, the city hall registration (“empadronamiento”), which must be issued no more than three months prior to the application for the DNI
  • Literal birth certificate issued by the Civil Registry, which must specify that it is issued for the purpose of obtaining the DNI. Only literal birth certificates with a maximum of 6 months of antiquity will be accepted.
  • Color photograph (passport type), 32x26mm size, with white background. Please note that you cannot be wearing dark glasses or any other garment that hinders your identification.
  • In the case of being the first registration as a Spanish national citizen, the foreigner must also provide her TIE (physical residence card) or Certificate of Registration of the European Union in which her NIE appears.


Spanish citizens living abroad


Please note that the DNI and birth certificate can be requested (and obtained) from your country of origin at the Spanish consulate.

In this case, the certification of the Diplomatic or Consular Representation where the applicant is registered as a resident will act as a method of residency accreditation.

Once these Spanish nationals move to Spain (and after having obtained their DNI abroad) they must renew it in Spanish territory as soon as possible in order to have it updated properly.


How much does the Spanish DNI cost today?


Currently, the fee to apply for and obtain the DNI in Spain is 12€.

Unlike the rest of the prior immigration procedures, you will not have to pay this fee in advance and carry the confirmation with you.

On the contrary, you must pay it (in cash) on the day of your appointment at the national police station.

However, it is also possible to pay online. Through the same website where you will make your appointment, once you have completed your application, you will see a link at the bottom of the page with the text “utilice este enlace para realizar el pago”. Click there and you will be automatically redirected to the online payment process.

Here you will find more information on how to make the online payment.

On the other hand, you must take into account that if you wish to renew your DNI because you need to change your address and/or affiliation, you will NOT have to pay the 12€ and the process will be completely free.


What is the duration or validity of the document?


Once you apply for and obtain your DNI as a Spaniard, you must take into account the renewal deadlines (according to an expiration date that you will find written on the card itself).

Thus, the duration or validity of this identity document (of the card) depends on your age at the time of application/obtaining it:

  • It is valid for two years if the applicant is less than 2 years old
  • 5 years if the applicant is between 5 and 30 years old
  • 10 years when the holder is over 30 years of age
  • Permanent when the applicant reaches 70 years of age


And so far everything you need to know to get your DNI in Spain successfully. Remember that if you have any doubts about your immigration procedure, our team of immigration lawyers is at your complete disposal to provide you with personalized legal advice. Explain your situation to us and let us help you.


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