Interacting Digitally with the Spanish Authorities

The Covid 19 pandemic, if not solely responsible for a changeover to electronic interaction by users with Spanish governmental organisations, has certainly consolidated that move to on line registrations for various authorities. This weeks announcement (1/3/21) by the Spanish Traffic authority ( Trafico) about the need for companies and professionals to deal with the authority ONLY electronically from now on, adds yet another arm of Spanish bureaucracy to that list. So how do you process …

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Registering on the padrón

What is the Padrón (empadronamiento) and do I have to register? The padrón is a list of all the people who live in a certain municipal area. “Empadronarse” means registering yourself on this list at your local town hall. You’ll find you will need your empadronamiento certificate to process various administrative tasks, such as apply for or update a ❖ certificate of residence registration  ❖ register for healthcare ❖ buy a car ❖ register your car with …

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Dealing with your local town hall

You will almost certainly have to deal with the local town hall at some point. They vary slightly in the way they do things from place to place, but the underlying procedures are the same. You may go to the town hall itself or you can often transact business at sub offices nearer to where you live, particularly for the costal regions. They will deal with the census (padron) information, and will issue Certificados de …

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