There’s so much to think about when you first arrive on the island. Getting to know what the different offices, certificates and paperwork you’ll need regularly are called can help you feel a little more in control.
We’ve pulled together a few words we think may help you whilst you’re getting into your stride living here in Lanzarote.
Bookmark this page, or print off a copy and keep it handy to refer back to.
Estoy aprendiento español
I’m learning Spanish
We strongly encourage you start giving this a go as soon as possible, so you get over any fear or anxiety around it.
Do you speak English?
Not many of the staff in public offices speak English well, but you may find this phrase useful if you get stuck when you’re out and about.
Certificado de Empadronamiento
Certificate confirming you’re legally registered at the town hall in the municipality in which you live. It’s obtained from the town hall in person or online. Valid generally for 3 months.
Employment history certificate, often asked for when applying for jobs and sometimes during other paperwork application processes.
Número de la Seguridad Social
Social security number. This is the equivalent of a national insurance number. It doesn’t entitle you to anything on it’s own, but it’s necessary to work in Lanzarote, for example.
TIE/ NIE/ residencia/ NIF/ Registro de Comunitario
These are all different forms of identification for residents and non residents. All have one thing in common, you have to have an NIE number to get the rest of them. When you’re issued an NIE number, it stays with you for life, so be sure to keep the certificate safe!
The main office for all car and driving documentation. This is where you will go to swap your license or update it.
IBI – Impuesto de Bienes Inmuebles
These are your council rates for a property and are issued once a year. You can set them up to be paid by direct debit so you don’t miss any payments.
Rubbish rates. Again these are paid annually and can be set up on a direct debit.
Declaración de la Renta
Tax return. It’s important to remember that even non residents who own and rent out property on the island will need to complete this.
Tax and/ or employment advisors
Contrato de alquiler
Contrato de Trabajo
Self employed person
Where is (add in the place you’re looking for), for example, ¿Dónde Está el Ayuntamiento?, where is the town hall.
(formal) ¿Cómo se llama usted?
What is your name?
(informal) ¿Cómo se llama?
What is your name?
My name is…
Of course, if it’s all taking too much time or you feel overwhelmed, we’re here to support you. Book a consultation and let’s talk about your needs.