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Lost: Original NIE

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:20pm
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Bosque2

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My wife and I have both mislaid our Original NIE certificates.   We do have photocopies of both but need to know that we have the originals.     We have a holiday home on Orihuela Costa and seek advice from every one as to who to contact,  what to do, How long it should take, how much it might cost etc etc. 

Anyone can help,   but if you are guessing at answers tell me so and conversely if you actually know  then please tell me so.     To all those who will try and help we are very grateful. 

jimtaylor

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:22pm

There isn't actually any means for requesting the issue of a duplicate.

Unlike the EX-18 for obtaining a residency certificate, and some procedures covered by others of the EX range of requests, the EX-15 for an NIE doesn't give the option for the issue of a duplicate.

I'd also point out that if someone requests an NIE from a Spanish consulate in the UK, they will receive the NIE by email - and that's not an 'original' document.

All that matters is that you have an NIE number. 

RayD

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:43pm

It's worth noting that the originals have a line at the bottom saying that they are only valid for three months. 

I have to say that I made copies of my original and, although I keep it, I have always used a copy when needed and it has been accepted.

Usually I only have to quote the number, which I do know off by heart. Mainly for el cartero.

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:22pm

My NIE certificate was one of those issued with a 3 month validity, but older and newer ones don’t have that limitation.

The idea was to allow the NIE to be used to gain residency - after which point it would no longer be needed. The Spanish authorities obviously didn’t think this through properly, as people like myself who need an NIE to buy and sell property and vehicles, but don’t live in Spain (and indeed never stay for 90 consecutive days) would never become residents.

They’ve obviously seen the error of their ways and don’t include the 3 month limit any more, and NIEs with the 3 month limit txt are accepted for almost everything without the need to obtain a new version of the certificate that doesn’t include the text.

Pete.

RayD

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:53pm

Pete - mine is September 2015 with the 3 month validity. My wife's august 2014 with the same.

My point is that copies of that have always been acceptable, rather than the original. 

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:34pm

Ray, ours were issued in November 2015 and has the three month validity text at the bottom. In 2016 they stopped doing the three month validity thing.

My point is that the I formation you provided is factually correct in some cases, but not for a certificate issued since 2016.

Pete.

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