If you live in Barcelona for a while, whatever your nationality is and having a residence permit or not, and you want to enjoy all the services available to you as a citizen you must be registered, that is, “empadronarse” on the “municipal register” or at the relevant local authority.The advantages of being registered in a city are numerous and range from the right to have a health card and have a family doctor in the closest health center (depending on the neighborhood you are living in), to enjoy discounts at certain shops or leisure centers, have the right to vote or apply for a place in a public school.The process of getting registered is very simple and doesn’t require that your situation in the country is regularized. You just have to go to the council or to the closest district council with the following documentation:
-A contract attesting that you reside in Barcelona: the lease, the deed to the home purchase, a receipt for any supplies you have paid (water, electricity, gas, etc.) where your name and address appears, going accompanied by a person who is registered in the same household, certifying that also live in it, etc. This documents has to be original copies, photocopies won’t be accepted.-Your identity document, passport or NIE, if you have it.-The form to request the registration completed.
They’ll give you at the moment that you go to the city council or district council to be registered.This register is strictly confidential, so those who aren’t in a legal situation don’t be afraid to be registered. The registration expires every two years and, if you want to keep it, you must not forget to renew it. In this sense, if you want to apply for regularization or an identification number in the future, you have to maintain the register for three years, so it is important to remember the renewing process. If the applicant doesn’t have any residence contract or anything he or she can also be registered, going to SAIER (Av Parallel 202), before going to the city or district council. In there they will give you a document stating the date you went there.In future articles we will provide full information on obtaining the NIE (Foreigner Identity Number). This document is very important if you want to work legally in Spain.For more information about our rental apartments you can visit our website: ShBarcelona.