If you have obtained Spanish nationality or are about to obtain it, you should know that there is the certificate of concordance for Spain (certificado de concordancia in Spanish), a document that certifies the change of data from your old NIE and TIE with those of your new Spanish ID (DNI) and passport (from being a foreign citizen to a nationalised Spanish).

For that reason, In this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know about this important document after obtaining Spanish nationality and therefore a DNI.

Certificate of Concordance (a Step-by-Step Guide)

The certificate of concordance is a document through which a person nationalised as Spanish, and who previously had a NIE and TIE as a foreigner residing in Spain, can prove their identity.

This document verifies that the person who carries it is the same person who previously had a NIE and a resident’s card because they were a foreigner.

When the Spanish nationality is acquired, the person can not only change their name and surname. Upon losing their status as a foreigner, they acquires a completely new DNI and Spanish passport, with information that does not coincide with those of the previous residence card.

The first thing to do in this case is to inform the immigration authorities that there has been a change of nationality.

Once the corresponding notification has been made, the Foreigners Office (or similar agency) will issue the concordance certificate.

What is the Certificate of Concordance for

This document certifies that the NIE and the data that the public administrations have of a person who was previously a foreigner correspond to the name and the DNI number that that person currently has.

It ensure that all the procedures or records that you began whith your NIE and TIE continue to be valid, now that you have your DNI and a new passport.

There are some administrative bodies that ask for the it when carrying out certain procedures, where their databases have the person’s old NIE. This occurs for example in the Tax Office (Agencia Tributaria), Social Security or the General Directorate of traffic (DGT), as well as in private entities such as banks.

Where to Apply for the Certificate of Concordance in Spain

This document can be requested at the nearest National Police Station and it is issued by the Foreigners Office or the General Immigration Commission.

How to Request the Certificate of Concordance Step-by-Step

To request it, you have to go to the nearest National Police Station, once you have acquired your Spanish ID and passport.

It is not totally necessary that you request it at the same time you get these other documents.

On the other had, it is best that you do so because then the procedure will be free.

If, for some reason, when they give you your ID you can’t request the ‘certificado de concordancia’, you don’t have to worry as you can obtain it later.

What you should bear in mind is that in your region you may have to make an appointment to get the certificate of concordance. To request an appointment, click on this link.

There are some cases in which you can go directly to carry out the procedure.

Documentation to Request the Certificate of Concordance

The documents that must be provided to obtain the certificate of concordance are the following:

  • EX-15 application form, both the original and a photocopy, explaining the reason for said request
  • Proof of the appointment to go to the corresponding office. It can be printed, but a screenshot will also work
  • Proof of payment for the letter using the government payment slip (modelo 790 code 012). This can be paid at any bank (or some ATMs)
  • A Copy of your DNI duly legalised
  • If a representative is going to attend for you, you must provide the corresponding power of attorney

How Long Does it Take for the Certificate of Concordance to Be Accepted

In case of requesting it when the DNI and the passport are obtained, this document can be obtained at that moment.

If not, in most cases, it can take between four (4) and five (5) days to get the certificate after making the request.

Price of the Certificate of Concordance: How Much Does it Cost?

If you request it when they give you the ID and the new passport, this document is completely free. That is, you will not have to pay any fee to get it.

But if you go to request it later, you will have to pay a fee of around 7 euros, although each year prices may change.

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