How to get a NIE Number in Tenerife

How to get a NIE number in Tenerife 2023

Have you just Moved to Tenerife? One of the first things you will need is a Spanish NIE-Number. You can obtain this NIE-NUMBER on the island of Tenerife at 3 different police stations.

You will need your NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero), the equivalent of a Spanish citizens Número de Identificación Fiscal (NIF),  to be able to rent or buy property, work, connect to important services such as electricity, water and internet and pay taxes and buy or rent property on the island.


Here at My NIE Number, Spain’s no.1 NIE Number online service, getting your documentation and NIE Number booking in place is our Job.

We will book your appointment at the Police station in Tenerife and complete the application and tax forms you require for your appointment. Your only job with be to arrive at the Police station at the time and date we provide you to hand in the paperwork we provide you along with your Valid Passport. *Full instructions on what to do is included when we send you your booking time and paperwork.

Before you attend your appointment in Tenerife you will be required to pay the applicable local NIE Number tax of 9.84 euros in advance at any mayor bank. (We will provie you with the tax form for this)


More Information about Tenerife

The Island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canary archipelago and is known as the island of eternal spring because of its all year round excellent climate. The island is full of stark contrasts and has a variety of scenery which changes through the regions.

For most activities in Tenerife you won’t need your NIE-Number but its always best to carry with you anyway.

A mountain chain runs through its centre from Anaga to Teno and on both of its slopes there are large, exuberantly fertile valleys, among them especially La Orotava and Gumar.  In the heart of the chain there is a gigantic, natural crater, called Las Cañadas del Teide, which is 29 km across and has officially been declared a National Park.

It lies over 2,000 m above sea level. North of the crater stands El Pico del Teide (Mount Teide), a 3,718 m high mountain, which is the highest point in Spain. It
is snow covered in the winter and marks the island with its unique silhouette.

History of Tenerife

You don’t need a NIE number to explore Tenerife and its rich history.

Like the rest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife dates back around to 8-11 million years ago, when its volcanic mountains  developed  in the Atlantic.

It is thought that there were originally three islands, with the mountain ranges of Anaga, Teno and Valle San Lorenzo, but at some point, with massive volcanic activity, the areas merged together and became Tenerife as we know it today.

The original inhabitants of the island, were known as being the most fearless of all the Canary Island inhabitants; it is believed that the first people were  aboriginal and of the northwest African origin, they were named Guanches. They were conquered by the Spanish over 500 years ago, not without putting up a great fight. NIE numbers have only been issued in Spain since the late 1980’s.

Natural Tenerife

Tenerife has extremely varied plant and wild life and wooded mountains. it also boasts extensive areas where banana, tomato, potato and other agricultural products are grown. Its coast is rocky and lined by cliffs in some places, while in others there are beaches with soft, clean sand, which are sometimes black and sometimes golden. Do I need a NIE number to buy goods in Tenerife? Most goods can be brought without a NIE number but if your looking for buy a house or Car this will require a NIE number.

Tenerife’s Resorts
Tenerife’s all year round agreeable climate brings thousands of tourists every year to the popular seaside resorts of the island.

The resort of Playa de las Americas, where the Adeje police station which issues nie numbers from is popular with younger tourists and has developed into a vibrant playground of clubs and bars and is definitely not for the fainthearted! Its neighbour Los Cristianos, however, offers a slightly more laidback destination, although it is still bursting with attractions and amenities for the holidaymaker.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital city of the island is also an upbeat and buzzy holiday destination; whereas the resort of Puerto de la Cruz is definitely a destination for the more discerning holidaymaker; a lot more peaceful and more popular with an older crowd.

The coastal village of Adeje has been described as “heaven on earth”, in an article written for the British newspaper, Daily Telegraph. It is not essential to have a NIE-NUMBER to enjoy all of what Tenerife offers.

Playing golf on Tenerife
The all year round warm weather makes Tenerife a popular destination for golf holidays. There are a host of excellent courses across the island, including the Playa Las Americas course, Golf del Sur, Los Palos Golf, Golf Adeje, Amarilla Golf and Golf Club Real.auty, with beautiful clean beaches and ample facilities. Most Gold courses in Tenerife allow you to play without a NIE number, but some require you to have one for membership.

Beaches on Tenerife
Due to its volcanic nature, many of Tenerife’s beaches are not natural, but man-made. Those that are natural have their characteristic black sand.

However, the increasing popularity of the island as a tourist resort, led to the development of Tenerife’s man-made golden sand beaches. There is no requirement to have a NIE-Number to use the beaches anywhere on Tenerife.

Climate On Tenerife
The Canary Islands enjoy practically all year round good weather. They are nicknamed the Islands of Eternal Spring and temperatures rarely drop below 16ºC and rise to around 30ºC in the summer. The climate is influenced by the island close proximity to North Africa.

Cultural Attractions on Tenerife
The town of La Orotava, which is set within a valley of banana plantations, is a wonderful historical old town, which houses some interesting monuments and has been designated a monument of artistic national interest.

La Laguna is the old capital of Tenerife, and the island’s cultural and religious epicentre; situated in the Aguere Valley in beautiful natural surroundings, La Laguna is full of outstanding architectural buildings and monuments.

Most cultural attractions in Tenerife do not require a NIE-Number.

Outdoor pursuits on Tenerife
Tenerife is a great destination for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. The mountainous and volcanic island has many interesting routes, normally heading up a mountain, and you don’t have to be a skilled mountain climber to tackle Tenerife’s mountain ascents.

In the town of Adeje you can take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins or visit the Black Pyramids of Guimar, in the town of Guimar, which is located 26 kilometres from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In Corralejo there is a professional dive centre where you can enjoy a scuba diving experience to the underwater volcanic rock formations. Here you can take PADI Certificate courses.

Please be aware some sports clubs require to to have a valid NIE number certificate for insurance purposes.

Food and Cuisine on Tenerife
Fish plays an important role in the gastronomy of Tenerife, naturally being an island. Especially delicious are Langoustines, Mussels, Octopus, Atlantic Mackerel, and Sardines.

Meat dishes are popular, but most meat tends to be imported in, as there is not much livestock on the island. The exception to this is rabbit, which is reared in Tenerife: a speciality rabbit dish is Conejo al salmorejo (Rabbit in Salmorejo sauce).

If you are visiting the seaside resort of Adeje then you should try the local speciality of Spicy Canarian Chicken.

A special accompaniment to many dishes is called Papas Arugadas, which literally translates to Wrinkly potatoes. The potatoes are boiled in their skins with sea salt, which leaves a fine crust and served with delicious Mojo sauce.


What a nie number looks like on Tenerife

Q. Can I get a NIE-NUMBER online in Tenerife without visiting the police station?

A. No, you must attend a pre booked appointment at the police station to be able to get a nie-number on the island of Tenerife

Q. Can a friend/partner/relative attend my NIE-Number appointment for me?

A. Yes, if your sign your friend or relative a Power of Attorney at a Notary office on Tenerife they will be able to attend the appointment for you. Click here to find a Notary in Tenerife.

Q. Will my nie-number certificate be used the same day?

A. Some police stations on Tenerife do issue the nie certificate the same day but please be aware some stations such as Adele ask you to come back several days latter to collect it.

Q. Can both me and my partner attend one appointment and both be issued a NIE number on Tenerife?

A. No, each of you need to have your own NIE-NUMBER appointment but we should be able to book these on the same day and around the same time. Please mark this if its required on the booking form.

Q. Im a uk passport holder. Can I still get a NIE post brexit?

A. Yes, as long as you can demonstrate at your NIE number appointment that you have arrived in Tenerife in the last 90 days with an entry stamp on your passport.

Q. What is the fastest way to get a NIE number on Tenerife.

A. To get your NIE number fast use our online NIE number booking form and we will get you booked in as soon as possible.

Get your NIE Number on Tenerife today! Click here to book now.

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One thought on “How to get a NIE number in Tenerife 2023”

  1. bonjours
    je suis espagnol vivant en Belgique je possède un passeport espagnol je souhaiterais aller m’installer a tenerife ( adeje) de préférence et je suis inscris dans la province de Léon, et j’ai perdu mon numéro de DNI ou ENI je ne sait pas exactement comment Pui je le recouper.
    merci de me renseigner si toute fois cet possible.
    merci d’avance pour tout.

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