Registering at the Town Hall

The “Padrón” is the list of all the people who live in a certain town.  “Empadronarse” is the act of registering yourself on this list with your local Town Hall.

Who should be registered?

Officially all residents in Spain are required by law to register on the Padrón, yet many still have not done so. The Pdrón is the way the Town Hall knows how many people live in their area, without entering into investigations as to a person’s official residence status or financial affairs.  The information provided at registration is confidential and protected by data protection laws.

What are the benefits?

What documents are necessary to the register in the Town Hall?

  • Original passport and photocopy / NIE or Certificate of Registration with the National Police Foreign Office and photocopy.
  • Proof of ownership of property
  • If you do not own property and are renting, rental contract in Spanish and photocopy will be necessary
  • If you do not own property and you are not renting, you have to come with the owner of the dwelling in order for him to sign the registration form, authorizing you to register at his property
  • All family members over the age of 18 have to sign the registration form in person.

This certificate is valid for 3 months but can be issued again upon request.

For more information on our book keeping and accounts services please call our office in Marbella.

Does it need to be renewed?

The Town Hall will send you a notification if and when renewal is necessary to the property address of your registration.