An important procedure that you need to do for newborns in Barcelona is to obtain the NIE card.
If you’re an EU citizen you will already have a NIE (green card). Your baby automatically has the same rights. You need to download and fill in the form EX18. Don’t confuse it with the EX15 which is for obtaining a white NIE (short term, non-resident).
You will also need the following:
- the birth certificate or libro de familia
- passport of the baby (original + copy)
- passport and NIE of both parents (original + copy)
- it helps if you bring the padron
- baby needs to come
- only 1 of the parents need to come if you bring all the original identification
You will need to present these documents at the police department responsible for NIEs on Rambla Guipuscoa. It is important to make an appointment (cita previa) beforehand. There are always limited spots available, so head over to this page on Monday morning at 9am for your best chance to grab one of those spots. If you try to get an appointment later on in the week chances are that they won’t have any.
If you want to save the hassle of doing the procedure yourself or you’re not comfortable with speaking and understanding Spanish, you can also use a company to help you like expatlifebarcelona or niebarcelona.