TOWN HALL REGISTRATION “PADRÓN”
Every person residing in Spain is by law obliged to register in the municipality where they live. Because of that, the registration is key to becoming a member of your local Spanish community.
THE BENEFITS OF GETTING REGISTERED
First of all, getting registered means that you are considered an official resident of your community.
Second, the registration (Padrón) is the official process to verify your residence in Spain. Actually, it is needed for a variety of administrative procedures in Spain, such as:
- to vote
- to get married
- to apply for certain visas
- to obtain a Spanish driving license
- to register your children in local schools
- to apply for a local health card (SIP)
BENEFITS YOUR CITY RECEIVES WHEN YOU’RE REGISTERED (empadronado)
Based on the number of inhabitants, a city or town receives money from the government to provide services to those who live within its jurisdiction. This means that if you’re registered (empadronado), the city receives money to provide services on your behalf, regardless of your legal status. Therefore it is in the city’s best interest (and yours really, for optimum service levels) to have an accurate count of who is really living in the community using the public services. Because of this, the registration (padrón) is confidential.
HOW TO GET YOURSELF REGISTERED
To get registered all you have to do is go to your local town hall and ask for “empadronamiento”. You will then be given a simple form you need to fill out with your name, furthermore your place of birth and parent’s names, and last but not least your age, address, marital status, and studies. Finally, you hand in the form together with a:
- Copy of your passport (the original must be presented).
- Certificado de Residencia, or if you don’t have that, you may also need a copy of a utility bill in your own name, either gas, electricity or water.
By registering at your town hall a better estimate of local population is provided. This reflects the services the government finances in each autonomous community.
We advise you to guard this document in a separate folder, as sometimes you will be asked to show it.