Legalities of Life in Spain

For many, the intricacies of the law are some of the most difficult and time consuming aspects of your move to Spain (and in a post-Brexit world that means it's true even for Brits). Read up on identity cards, social security, visas, consumer rights, amnesty/arraigo social, voting, embassies/consulates, wills, driving, and how to get the help you need.


"You have decided to tie the knot with your Spanish honey. The first thing you need to do is get all your US paperwork in order. "
- Getting Married in Spain - Non-EU Foreigners Marrying a Spaniard

"...should give you an idea of what to expect or not expect from yours."
- Embassies and Consulates for English Speaking Countries

"Keep in mind that if you can vote in Spain, then you can run for office too!""
- Voting in Spain

"You will need to be part of the Social Security system."
- Social Security in Spain

"A child born in Spain is not automatically a Spanish citizen -  though, with a few rare exceptions, any such child has the right to receive Spanish citizenship."
- Getting Married, Weddings & Giving Birth in Spain

"This is such a pain in the butt that I won't blame you if you decide to just hire a gestor or asesoria to get the appointment for you."
- Instructions for the TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros) Application

"It isn't a magic wand, but very often it works like one ...."
- Consumer Complaint Forms / Hojas de Reclamaciones

"Getting a Spanish driver's license can be expensive because you have to take classes. The good news is you can study for and take the test in English.""
- Driving in Spain: Licenses and Regulations

"This, of course, does not mean you get automatic residency in Spain, nor will it make it any easier to get residency.""
- TIE, NIE, DNI, NIF, CIF, Social Security

"The gestor knows his way around the intricacies of Spanish administrative bureaucracy ...."
- Gestor, Gestoria, Asesoria?

"Firstly, we need to know that the Spanish insurance accident report form is the standard form, folded in two, with a blue outer cover that says ..."
- Spanish Traffic Accident Reports

"Whether you are here in Spain legally or not, you should register with your local padrón"
- Empadronamiento: Town Hall Registration in Spain

"...the process is much simpler if there's a Spanish will.""
- Wills: The Legal Will & Inheritance in Spain