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We are coming to Spain in a motorman in July to spend time touring and finding the right place to settle. Our understanding is that we need an NIE number in order to be able to open a bank account, set up a mobile phone account etc. My fiancee can do this through the Consulate before we leave. However, we are getting married just before we leave and I will therefore be changing the name on my passport. As the process apparently takes about 8 weeks, I would have to use my existing passport as evidence of identity to gain an NIE number and thus use my maiden name. I would therefore arrive in Spain with an NIE number relating back to one surname and a passport in a different surname.

My question is -how difficult it would be to change anything. It may, of course, not matter at all. Would this be one for a gestor? Or perhaps someone would be kind enough to point me towards a website where I might find this information I know this is quite a technical question but it is a situation someone might have come across or heard about. Any help welcomed!

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Do you know anyone in Spain ?, as you can use any address to obtain an N.I.E
When we came here the E Agents used their address to give to all the potential clients to get the NIE.

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You only need money & passport to open a bank account . If they need an address They'll use the branch office.

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We are coming to Spain in a motorman in July to spend time touring and finding the right place to settle. Our understanding is that we need an NIE number in order to be able to open a bank account, set up a mobile phone account etc. My fiancee can do this through the Consulate before we leave. However, we are getting married just before we leave and I will therefore be changing the name on my passport. As the process apparently takes about 8 weeks, I would have to use my existing passport as evidence of identity to gain an NIE number and thus use my maiden name. I would therefore arrive in Spain with an NIE number relating back to one surname and a passport in a different surname.

My question is -how difficult it would be to change anything. It may, of course, not matter at all. Would this be one for a gestor? Or perhaps someone would be kind enough to point me towards a website where I might find this information I know this is quite a technical question but it is a situation someone might have come across or heard about. Any help welcomed!
I would wait until you are married to get everything here. In Spain the concept of changing a name by marriage or for any other reason is unheard of, when prople marry here they retain their own name. I am sure that you will be able to change your name on your NIE and bank etc because changing your name in your home country is legal and Spain will accept it but you will at the very least need an officially translated copy of your marriage certificate and possibly other documents to explain why Miss White is now Mrs Black. Maybe I am wrong and it is easier but I can imagine it being a bit of a ball ache even though presumably possible.

You can get your passport changed faster than 8 weeks. I renewed mine through the consulate here in Spain and even that only took 2 weeks. If you are in the UK you can make an appointment at one of the regional passport offices and even get it done on the same day.

So to summarise… I advise you get Married, change your passport etc then come to Spain. As a tourist you can open a bank account easily and apply for an NIE under your new name.

Remember if you move here thoug to change your bank account to a residents one and you will save a lot in bank charges!

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You only need money & passport to open a bank account . If they need an address They'll use the branch office.
and......you can't get a NIE from outside spain anymore except to buy or inherit property

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We are coming to Spain in a motorman in July to spend time touring and finding the right place to settle. Our understanding is that we need an NIE number in order to be able to open a bank account, set up a mobile phone account etc. My fiancee can do this through the Consulate before we leave. However, we are getting married just before we leave and I will therefore be changing the name on my passport. As the process apparently takes about 8 weeks, I would have to use my existing passport as evidence of identity to gain an NIE number and thus use my maiden name. I would therefore arrive in Spain with an NIE number relating back to one surname and a passport in a different surname.

My question is -how difficult it would be to change anything. It may, of course, not matter at all. Would this be one for a gestor? Or perhaps someone would be kind enough to point me towards a website where I might find this information I know this is quite a technical question but it is a situation someone might have come across or heard about. Any help welcomed!
Or keep your name when you get married. It's rather a personal thing I know, but as Steve says women don't change their name when they get married here, and I can tell you it's a lot easier! Just think of all the name changing women have to go through when they get married. Not here! And not necessarily in the UK.

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You will need a passport to enter Spain and to travel around Spain, whether or not you apply for a NIE, bank account, mobile, etc. So I understand your dilemma about changing it.
There are two options I would consider.

Either take Pesky's advice and do not change your name on marriage. It isn't necessary and would save a lot of headaches with changing UK bank details, credit cards, qualification details, etc.
However, not everyone wants to consider that route.

The other way would be, as Steve says, very soon after your wedding, make an appointment at a regional passport office and get your passport changed on that day. It will cost you more. I did this a couple of years ago with a passport renewal and it cost me £90, but was worth it to save all the waiting and wondering when it would arrive.

Here's some details about changing your passport from DirectGov.
About Changes To names And Personal Details On Passports
Hope that helps.

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That page also tells you how you can apply early for a name change.
Might be worth considering.


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We are coming to Spain in a motorman in July to spend time touring and finding the right place to settle. Our understanding is that we need an NIE number in order to be able to open a bank account, set up a mobile phone account etc. My fiancee can do this through the Consulate before we leave. However, we are getting married just before we leave and I will therefore be changing the name on my passport. As the process apparently takes about 8 weeks, I would have to use my existing passport as evidence of identity to gain an NIE number and thus use my maiden name. I would therefore arrive in Spain with an NIE number relating back to one surname and a passport in a different surname.

My question is -how difficult it would be to change anything. It may, of course, not matter at all. Would this be one for a gestor? Or perhaps someone would be kind enough to point me towards a website where I might find this information I know this is quite a technical question but it is a situation someone might have come across or heard about. Any help welcomed!

Am I missing something here?? cant you just get your NIE when you arrive and are married?? We didnt bother getting ours til we'd been in Spain for two or three months and needed to buy a car.

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Am I missing something here?? cant you just get your NIE when you arrive and are married?? We didnt bother getting ours til we'd been in Spain for two or three months and needed to buy a car.

Jo xxx
The problem as I see it (and I could be wrong ) is that the poster will have to give up her passport in order to get a new one with the name change.
That's why I suggested doing this on a one day visit to the passport office.

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Am I missing something here?? cant you just get your NIE when you arrive and are married?? We didnt bother getting ours til we'd been in Spain for two or three months and needed to buy a car.

Jo xxx
exactly - & as I said before, you can't apply for a NIE from outside Spain now anyway, except to buy or inherit property

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The problem as I see it (and I could be wrong ) is that the poster will have to give up her passport in order to get a new one with the name change.
That's why I suggested doing this on a one day visit to the passport office.
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