How much does it cost to get Spanish residency?

National police station Marbella

So, how much does it cost to get Spanish residency? Here we break down the possible costs and things that you should be aware of: 

The application process 

The booking of the appointment with the national police is free when attending the appointment the police request that you pay a fee of 12 euros to the government

Or your application won’t be processed. You can take this prepaid to the appointment, if you don’t you risk being sent off and having to return another day. 

Professional or specialist help 

Although there is a lot of free advice on the internet most people pay a professional to assist them with residency. Finding the right company at the right prices is vital. Some people may pay someone just to translate at the appointment which is fine if all you need is someone to speak Spanish and don’t need advice on the actual requirements for the appointment. Paying a company to assist normally starts at around 95€ and should include everything from filling out the forms, attending the appointment with you and advising on the documents you need to take. In many occasions, clients turn to there lawyers who undoubtedly do a good job but charge lawyers fees, we have seen people charged up to 400€ for a single residency application. 

Extra costs

Depending on the documentation specific to you that needs to be presented there could be extra cost to get Spanish residency, for example. If you need a bank certificate some branches charge for these. Quite often, especially in the case of beneficiaries documents like birth or marriage certificates need to be legally translated.The translations normally start from about 40€ per page. If you are missing these documents then you will need to apply for a duplicate.  If you need to contract private insurance that comes at a cost. 


It’s not all bad news if you are a non-resident property owner by becoming a resident you no longer need to to pay your non-residents property tax, if you are planning to register a vehicle in Spain you can waive the registration tax and residents in some municipalities as long as they are registered on the Padron enjoy discounts on the IBI local property tax bills.

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