If you are a property owner in Spain or intend to purchase a property here, there could come a time when you need to affirm your residency status.
The certificate of non-residency or ‘Certificado de no Residente’ is one such document that you can obtain in Spain to confirm your residency status to the different Spanish authorities.
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Let’s take a look.
What is a certificate of non-residency in Spain?
The certificate of non-residency or ‘Certificado de no Residente’ in Spanish is an official document for use by both EU and non-EU citizens who wish to prove their residency status for economic, social, or professional reasons.
Who needs one and why?
Most commonly, it is those who are classed as non-residents in Spain (in Spain for less than 183 days each year) who need one.
But when would the document be used?
The document can be used to prove to the authorities that you are not a permanent resident in Spain. The certificate is most commonly used by those who may own a property in Spain (holiday home), but only stay in it periodically throughout the year.
A certificate of non-residency often needs to be obtained to open a non-resident bank account. This proves to the bank that you are not a Spanish resident and that you are eligible for the non-resident account.
As many banks will not allow you to open an account unless you can prove your residency status, the Certificado de no Residente can be used to verify this.
Another good reason to have this is to show the Spanish authorities including the traffic police that you are not a Spanish resident. This will come in especially handy if you are driving a foreign-plated car as this is illegal for Spanish residents.
How to apply for the non-resident certificate
You may also apply at your nearest Spanish consulate in your home country if not in Spain.
When applying you will need to provide the following documentation:-
How much does it cost?
Turnaround time for the certificate is around five days from the receipt of the application.
You can view, download, and print the payment form here.
How long are the certificates valid for?
Any certificates that are issued are valid for a maximum of three months.
View the official page for the Certificado de no Residente.
January 10, 2024
Updated: February 07, 2024 CET