Help for British nationals overseas – guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Spain

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British consulates in Spain.

Overview

From 1st April 2015, consular certificates for British nationals wishing to get married or register cohabitation with their partner (Pareja/Unión de Hecho) in Spain will be issued centrally by the British Consulate General in Madrid, and sent out to customers by registered post. You will not usually have to attend an appointment in person. The information on marriage paperwork in Spain on Getting Married Abroad is currently being reviewed. For up to date instructions on how to apply, please see the information below. The only service that customers will need to attend an appointment in person for is the Certificate of Foreign Marriage Recognition.

These changes are intended to streamline our consular operation and make the marriage and cohabitation registration (Pareja/Unión de Hecho) paperwork process for British nationals in Spain more convenient.

If you submitted an application to us before 1st April or have already booked an appointment at your nearest British consulate, your application will not be affected by these changes.

British consulates in Spain can provide a range of Notarial and documentary services for British nationals.

Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases Spanish notaries or English speaking lawyers in Spain can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

It is essential to check before submitting your application, that you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority. This could be the local town hall, registry office, tax authorities, immigration office or another authority either in Spain, the UK or a third country. Only the relevant authority can confirm which service you will require. This information cannot be verified by the British consulate.

Services we provide in Spain

Consular staff in Spain can issue:

  • Certificate of No Impediment
  • Certificate of Marital Status for Marriage
  • Certificate of Marital Status for Cohabitation Registration (Unión/Pareja de Hecho)
  • Certificate of Foreign Marriage Recognition
  • Letter of No Objection for Adoption, for British nationals resident in Spain

If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, please see other services provided by British Consulates in Spain

Documents required

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents you will need to provide. Make sure you are able to provide an acceptable form of proof of address and identity (see below), and payment for any fees. See the full list of consular fees.

Payment

We accept payment by Visa, Visa Electron, or MasterCard. If you are applying by post for a Certificate of No Impediment or Certificate of Marital Status, you can pay by filling out a credit card authorisation form. If you are applying for the Certificate of Foreign Marriage Recognition, you will be expected to pay in cash in euros or by credit card on the day of your appointment.

Proof of address and identity

For all Notarial services you will need to provide acceptable proof of your identity and address.

We accept passports or national identity cards as proof of identity.

For proof of address, we accept your Town Hall Registration Certificate (Certificado de Empadronamiento or Padrón), or your Spanish Residence Certificate (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión), bearing your current address.

In the absence of either of these documents, you will be expected to provide proof of your current and/or previous address(es), by submitting recent and original copies of one of the following documents or Spanish equivalent listed below:

  • utility bills (not ones printed off the internet)
  • bank/building society/credit card statement (but not ones printed off the internet)
  • building society/savings bank passbook
  • electoral role confirmation letter
  • mortgage statement
  • council tax demand
  • credit reference agency search
  • recent evidence of entitlement to state or local authority-funded benefit, tax credit, pension, educational or other grant

Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage

Certificado de No Impedimento/Certificado de Capacidad Matrimonial

Fee 10 and Fee 11(ii). These fees are charged per person so if you and your partner are both British, you will have to make two separate applications.

Only the authority where you are going to present your final paperwork can confirm whether you require the Certificate of No Impediment (CNI). This information cannot be verified by the British consulate.

To obtain a CNI you must first publish your Notice of Marriage (NOM) (publish your banns or “Publicación de Edictos”) for 7 days at the British Consulate General in Madrid (or in the UK, if you are resident there). If no impediment is shown within those 7 days, a CNI will be issued and sent out to you by registered post.

The CNI and Notice of Marriage process may also be required for same-sex marriage.

To obtain a CNI will depend on the individual’s circumstances, for example where you reside and where you are getting married. Please read the four scenarios below before submitting your application:

Scenario one

British national resident in Spain and getting married in Spain

You will need to send your application by post to the British Consulate General in Madrid. Before you apply you must have been physically present in Spain for at least 3 days. If no impediment is shown against your Notice of Marriage (NOM), your CNI will be issued by the British Consulate General in Madrid.

Scenario two

British national resident in Spain but getting married in a 3rd country, not the UK or Spain

A Notice of Marriage can only be made in the country where the marriage is to take place or with a UK Registrar (subject to the UK Registrar’s residence requirements). For more information on the documents required and the process to follow in the country where you wish to get married see Getting Married Abroad.

Scenario three

British national not resident in Spain or the UK but getting married in Spain

If you are not resident in Spain or the UK but you intend to get married in Spain, your future spouse (who will usually be resident in Spain or a Spanish national) must ask the Spanish civil registry which documents you need.

If you are asked by the Spanish civil registry to provide a CNI, you will need to publish your Notice of Marriage in Spain or with a UK Registrar (subject to the UK Registrar’s residence requirements). If you wish to make your application in Spain you will need to publish your Notice of Marriage at the British Consulate General in Madrid and provide proof that you have been physically present in Spain for at least 3 days immediately prior to sending your Notice of Marriage and Affirmation to the British Consulate General in Madrid.

Scenario four

British national resident in the UK but getting married in Spain

If you are resident in the UK but you intend to get married in Spain, your future spouse (who will usually be resident in Spain or a Spanish national) must make enquiries with the nearest Spanish civil registry as to which documents you will be required to provide. If you are asked by the Spanish civil registry to provide a CNI you will be required to publish your Notice of Marriage in the UK.

If no impediment is shown, you will be required to exchange your original Notice of Marriage issued in the UK for a CNI issued in Spanish by the British Consulate General in Madrid. For information on how to exchange your certificate, please see the section below: Application for a CNI when you have given Notice of Marriage before a UK Registrar.

British consulates do not issue marriage documents for British nationals resident in Spain who wish to get married in the UK, please see the information on getting married in the UK.

Application for a CNI and publishing Notice of Marriage in the British Consulate General in Madrid

The documents required:

  • a fully completed CNI Pack (PDF, 460KB, 6 pages)
  • a photocopy of the details page of your current valid British passport
  • a photocopy of the details page of your future spouse’s valid passport or national identity document
  • if you are resident in Spain: a photocopy of your Certificado de Empadronamiento (Town Hall registration certificate) issued at least 3 natural days prior to sending us your application, bearing your current address (or if not, a photocopy of your Spanish Police residence certificate (green document which bears your NIE number and your current address).
  • if you are not a resident of Spain: proof that you have been in Spain for at least 3 days immediately before sending your Notice of Marriage and Affirmation to the British Consulate General in Madrid and proof of the address where you are staying in Spain.(e.g. copies of flight information or hotel bill)
  • if you have been married before and are now divorced, your original decree absolute (sentencia firme), and a photocopy
  • if you have previously registered a civil partnership, your certificate of dissolution/annulment of your previous civil partnership or same-sex marriage, and a photocopy.
  • if you are widowed or the surviving partner of a civil partnership, the original death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner, and a photocopy
  • if your future spouse has been married before and is now divorced, his/her original decree absolute (sentencia firme), and a photocopy
  • if your future spouse has previously registered a Civil Partnership, his/her original certificate of dissolution/annulment of the previous civil partnership or same-sex marriage, and a photocopy
  • if your future spouse is widowed or the surviving partner of a Civil Partnership, the original death certificate of her/his late spouse or civil partner, and a photocopy

When you have signed the necessary documents in front of a local Spanish Notary Public, please send your documents by registered post to:

British Consulate General Madrid
Consular Services
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046 Madrid

Application for a CNI when you have published your Notice of Marriage before a UK Registrar

If you have published your Notice of Marriage in the UK and need to exchange the document for a CNI issued in Spanish by the British Consulate General in Madrid, you will need to send us the following:

  • your original Notice of Marriage issued in the UK
  • a fully completed UK CNI Pack (PDF, 427KB, 4 pages)
  • a photocopy of the details page of your original valid British passport

Please send us your documents by registered post to the address above.

It takes 10 working days after payment has been made for applications to be processed. This does not include delivery times. Your certificate and supporting documents will be sent to you by registered post.

If any of your documents are not issued in the UK or Spain, consular staff may need to make further enquiries. Documents that are not written in English or Spanish will have to be translated. Spanish authorities may ask you to provide a Spanish translation of any document not in Spanish.

See the example of a CNI certificate.

Marital Status Certificate for Marriage

Certificado de Estado Civil para casarse

Fee 2(ii). Fees are charged per person so if you and your partner are both British, you will have to make two separate applications.

You may need this certificate (known in Spain as Certificado de Estado Civil) to get married in Spain. Please note that the documents required and the process is exactly the same for same-sex marriage and heterosexual marriage.

The documents required:

  • a fully completed Marital Status for Marriage Pack (PDF, 414KB, 5 pages)
  • a photocopy of the details page of your current valid British passport
  • a photocopy of your Certificado de Empadronamiento (town hall registration certificate)
  • your original birth certificate which shows your parents’ details which we need to include in our consular certificate (long form birth certificate), and a photocopy
  • if you have been married before and are now divorced your original decree absolute (Sentencia firme) and a photocopy
  • if you have previously registered a civil partnership, your original certificate of dissolution or annulment of your previous civil partnership or same-sex marriage, and a photocopy
  • if you are widowed or the surviving partner of a civil partnership, the original death certificate of your late spouse or partner, and a photocopy

When you have signed the affirmation in front of a local Spanish Notary Public, please send your documents in the post to:

British Consulate General Madrid
Consular Services
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046 Madrid

It takes 10 working days after payment has been made for applications to be processed. This does not include delivery times. Your certificate and original documents will be sent to you by registered post.

If any of your documents are not issued in the UK or Spain, consular staff may need to make further enquiries. Documents that are not written in English or Spanish will have to be translated. Spanish authorities may ask you to provide a Spanish translation of any document not in Spanish.

See the example of a Marital Status Certificate for marriage (PDF, 141KB, 1 page)

Marital Status Certificate for Pareja de Hecho /Other reason

Certificado de Estado Civil para Pareja/Unión de Hecho

At present a consular certificate is not required to register a Pareja/Unión de Hecho in the Andalucía region, the Andalucía region, the Balearics, the Comunidad de Madrid, or the Comunidad Valenciana.

If you are in Andalucía and wish to register a Pareja/Unión de Hecho, the British Consulate has been informed by the Junta de Andalucía that the following documents may be required, depending on your marital status:

  • your long form birth certificate, translated and legalised
  • if you are single, a No Trace Certificate from the General Register Office in either England and Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, translated and legalised
  • if you are divorced, your decree absolute (sentencia firme), translated and legalised
  • if you are widowed, your marriage certificate and the death certificate of your late spouse or partner, translated and legalised
  • a sworn declaration confirming your current marital status (single, divorced or widowed), drawn up by a Notary Public

If you are in the Balearics or Comunidad de Madrid or Comunidad Valenciana and wish to register a Pareja/Unión de Hecho, the British consulate has been informed by the respective authorities that you may be required to submit the documents listed above, except for the sworn declaration.

The British consulate cannot provide definitive information on the requirements; therefore it is essential that you check with the relevant authorities in Andalucía, the Balearics, Comunidad Valenciana or Comunidad de Madrid.

Fee 2(ii). Fees are charged per person so if you and your partner are both British, you will have to make two separate applications.

This certificate is also known as a Certificado de Estado Civil but is used to register a Pareja/Unión de Hecho (cohabitation registration) and sometimes to claim Spanish benefits or register the birth of a child at the Spanish civil registry.

If your partner is a non-EU national and you are registering cohabitation, he/she may need to submit a second copy of your Marital Status Certificate to the Spanish Foreigners Office to aply for a Spanish Residence Card. It is recommended that you seek advice from the Foreigners Office (Extranjería) before making your application at the consulate, so if necessary, you can be issued with two copies of the consular certificate.

The documents required:

  • a fully completed Marital Status for Pareja de Hecho Pack (PDF, 414KB, 5 pages)
  • a photocopy of the details page of your current valid British passport
  • a photocopy of your Certificado de Empadronamiento (town hall registration certificate)
  • a photocopy of your birth certificate which shows your parents’ details which must be included in the consular certificate (long form birth certificate)
  • if you have been married before and are now divorced, your original decree absolute (sentencia firme), and a photocopy
  • if you have previously registered a civil partnership, your original certificate of dissolution/annulment of your previous civil partnership or same-sex marriage, and a photocopy
  • if you are widowed or the surviving partner of a civil partnership, the original death certificate of your late spouse or partner, and a photocopy

If any of your documents are not issued in the UK or Spain, consular staff may need to make further enquiries. Documents that are not provided in English or Spanish will have to be translated into Spanish.

When you have signed the affirmation in front of a local Spanish Notary Public, please send your documents in the post to:

British Consulate General Madrid
Consular Services
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046 Madrid

It takes 10 working days after payment has been made for applications to be processed. This does not include delivery times. Your certificate and original documents will be sent to you by registered post.

Certificate of Foreign Marriage Recognition

Fee 2(ii), Fee 4 x 2 and Fee 7.

If your marriage took place in a country other than Spain or the United Kingdom and your spouse is a non EU national, you may need to apply for this certificate and submit it to The Spanish Foreigners’ Office (Extranjería) for your non-EU spouse to get a Spanish Residence card. The Spanish authorities often require a government department in the country of the EU national spouse to validate the foreign marriage or register the foreign marriage.

It is not possible to register a marriage celebrated in a foreign country in the General Register Office or with any other government authority in the United Kingdom or in a British consulate/embassy abroad. Neither is it possible for a UK government authority to state whether a foreign marriage is valid, legal and subsisting. As a result British consulates issue this certificate, which usuaally covers this requirement. Both spouses have to be in Spain and have to attend the consulate in person for this service.

The Spanish Foreigners’ Office (Extranjería) will usually require your marriage certificate to have been both issued and legalised in the last 3 months. You need to check with your local Spanish Foreigners’ Office as to whether a certificate older than 3 months, but legalised in the last 3 months, would be acceptable. You must do this before applying for your consular certificate.

To obtain the certificate both you and your spouse will have to attend an appointment at your nearest British Consulate in Spain and make separate declarations. Please note that if you or your spouse do not understand either English or Spanish then you will be required to bring a sworn interpreter with you on the day of your appointment, who can interpret from your own native language into either Spanish or English.

The documents required:

  • a fully completed Application Form – Foreign Marriage Recognition (MS Word Document, 25.4KB)
  • your original valid British passport
  • your Certificado de Empadronamiento (town hall registration certificate), bearing your current address
  • your original, valid Spanish Police Residence Certificate (green document/card which bears your NIE number and your address)
  • your spouse’s original valid passport
  • your original marriage certificate issued and legalised in the last 3 months (see Legalisation, Hague/Non Hague Convention countries below)
  • official translation into Spanish of your marriage certificate (see information below)

If any of your documents are not issued in the UK or Spain, consular staff may need to make further enquiries. Documents that are not provided in English or Spanish will have to be translated into Spanish.

Legalisation

For information on how to legalise your marriage certificate, you should contact the consulate/embassy in Spain of the country where the marriage took place.

Hague Convention countries

The Hague Convention refers to an agreement between certain countries who have decided to recognise each other’s documents. If the country where you married is part of the Hague Convention, the Legalisation office in that country will place a stamp or vignette called “The Hague Apostille” (Apostilla de la Haya) on the back of the document.

Non Hague Convention countries

If the country where you married has not signed the Hague Convention, there are two steps you will need to take to legalise your marriage certificate. The marriage certificate will have to be signed by various authorities in both the country of marriage and in Spain.

  1. contact the authority where your marriage was registered and obtain the relevant stamp or signature that will validate your marriage certificate

  2. take your marriage certificate to the Spanish embassy in the same country so they can recognise the stamp/signature of the issuing authority

Translations

We understand the following types of translations in Spanish are usually accepted by Spanish Foreigners’ Office (Extranjería):

  • by sworn translator - see the list of Intérpretes Jurados
  • by the consulate or embassy in Spain of the country where the marriage took place
  • by a translator in the country where the marriage took place, as long as the translation has been certified by the consulate/embassy in Spain of that same country

You can reserve an appointment for the Certificate of Foreign Marriage Recognition via our online booking system, with your nearest British Consulate. You will need to send us scanned copies of your documents by email or by fax and once your application has been approved we will contact you.

It is important that your emailed attachments are no larger than 4MB in total, or your email will not get through. If your attachments are larger than this, you can send multiple emails to cover all of the documents we are requesting. You will receive an automated response to your email. You will only receive one automated response per day.

Your paperwork will be checked by the Notarial Services team at the consulate. If we have received all of the required paperwork and the application is approved, we will contact you either by telephone or email within 10 working days to ask you to make an appointment at your nearest consulate. Please provide a daytime telephone number in your application form.

If your application is not approved, you will be contacted within 10 working days and you will be informed of any missing or incorrect supporting documents. Make sure your application is complete before submission as we do not keep incomplete applications so you will have to start the process again and resend all your documents. Due to the large number of applications we process, we are unable to fast-track applications, so you should apply with plenty of time.

Please send scanned copies of your supporting documents and your application form to your nearest consulate at the following email addresses/fax number:

British Consulate Alicante

British Consulate-General Barcelona

British Consulate Palma de Mallorca and British Consulate Ibiza

British Consulate Las Palmas, British Consulate Tenerife

British Consulate-General Madrid

British Consulate Málaga

Certificate for Adoption by British nationals resident in Spain

Fee 2(ii) This fee is charged per certificate plus 4 Euros postage fees. If you and your partner are both British we are able to issue one certificate but you will both have to complete and submit separate application forms and copies of your own documents

British nationals resident in Spain, who wish to adopt a child from a country other than the UK, may be required to obtain a certificate of no objection from the British Consulate regarding the recognition of the adoption in the UK and confirmation as to whether the adopted child will be granted British nationality. To get the “no objection” letter you must first get independent legal advice about whether you are resident in the British Islands and then swear a statement, witnessed by a lawyer for further details see below.

Please note that the “no objection” letter has the sole function of confirming that you have provided the British Embassy/Consulate with a sworn statement that you are not habitually resident in the British Islands and that as such the adoption does not need to refer to the requirements of the relevant British legislation when seeking to adopt abroad.

There is no scope or provision to amend the letter, which is designed for a specific purpose. It is not for the Embassy or Consulate to agree whether the applicants are suitable or eligible to adopt the child, or whether the child is adoptable. There are three versions of this letter depending on the country where the adoption took place and the legislation under which the child was or is being adopted:

Certificate one: Adoption automatically recognized in the UK.

The adoption took place before 3 January 2014 from a country named in The Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973 known as “the designated list” and The Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) (Variation) Order 1993

Certificate two: Adoption automatically recognized in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.

The adoption took place or will take place on or after 3 January 2014 from a country named in The Adoption (Recognition of Overseas Adoptions) Order 2013 or in The Adoption (Recognition of Overseas Adoptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and its amendment

Certificate three: Non-recognized adoptions

The adoption is taking place in a country not named in The Adoption (Recognition of Overseas Adoptions) Order 2013 or in The Adoption (Recognition of Overseas Adoptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and its amendment. In all cases when you send your paperwork to our Notarial services, you will need to confirm whether the adoption is being processed under Spanish law or under the law of the country from where the child will be adopted from.

Before applying for one of the three certificates, it is important that you visit these websites:

The documents required:

If you are both British you both need to submit copies of the following documents by email notarialservicesmadrid@fco.gov.uk or by fax 91 714 6403

  • a fully completed Application Form – Adoption (MS Word Document, 24.8KB)
  • your valid British passport
  • your original Certificado de Empadronamiento (town hall registration certificate)
  • an original declaration, sworn before a Spanish notary or a lawyer empowered to administer oaths, that you have sought independent legal advice on your status under UK law and which confirms that you are no longer habitually resident in the UK. The declaration needs to include the following text:

I confirm that I have received independent legal advice and, with reference to all the circumstances of my particular case and in the light of existing United Kingdom law, I can confirm that I am no longer habitually resident in the British Islands.

Please refer to the list of English-speaking lawyers in your consular area for advice. If any of your documents are not issued in the UK or Spain, consular staff may need to make further enquiries. Documents that are not provided in English or Spanish will have to be translated into Spanish.

How to apply

You will not usually need an appointment for this service. As long as we receive the correct paperwork we should be able to send you the consular certificate by registered post. Once we have received copies of your supporting documents by email, we will contact you and let you know whether the application has been approved and provide you with information on how to submit your original paperwork, pay the consular fee and postage by credit card.

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer provide life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession who can do this for you.

If the service that the Spanish authorities require from you is not listed on this page, and you are having difficulties with the paperwork that you have been asked to submit, please provide a brief description of the problem and details of the authority you are dealing with, including any contact details you may have for them. Please send this, attaching any relevant documentation, to notarialservicesmadrid@fco.gov.uk We cannot reply to general enquiries; we can only respond if you include the above information.

Conversion of UK Civil Partnerships into Marriage: Recognition in Spain

The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 came into force on 10th December 2014 and allow couples in the UK to convert a UK civil partnership into marriage and allow couples overseas, where one is a UK national, to convert a UK civil partnership into marriage.

Section 29 of the Regulations requires that conversions can take place in countries whose authorities have informed the Secretary of State that they have no objection to the British Embassy providing the service. We sought permission from those authorities that have previously agreed to same sex consular marriages in their country (we only provide consular marriages in countries where there are insufficient facilities locally and do not provide this service in Spain as same sex marriage is available under local law). While Her Majesty’s Government is keen to offer conversion services overseas, our Consulates are not resourced to service the demand for conversion from all couples who have had a civil partnership in the UK or overseas. In order to reduce the additional burden on our consular network, whose main priority is to provide essential assistance to vulnerable British nationals, we have limited the countries where we provide conversions to those where we already provide consular marriages and have permission to provide a conversion service. We are therefore unable to convert civil partnerships into marriage in Spain.

There is no residence requirement to convert civil partnerships into marriage in the UK. Couples in a UK civil partnership can contact a UK Registrar and make an appointment to convert their civil partnership without having to provide evidence of residence. Information on how to convert in the UK can be found here.

On 7th January 2015 the British Embassy in Madrid received a Diplomatic Note from the Spanish Government which states that the Spanish authorities will recognise certificates of conversion into marriage from the date of the conversion on the conversion certificate not the date of the registration of the civil partnership. Spouses of Spanish nationality will be able to register the marriage with the Spanish civil registry after the conversion.

Informative Note: Explanation of the Marriage Banns

As of 1st April, British Consulates in Spain no longer issue the “Informative Note: Explanation of the Marriage Banns”. The relevant authorities have been notified. If the Civil Registry still requires information on the marriage banns procedure, you can print out a copy of the document below.

Nota Verbal re Marriage Banns (PDF, 84.5KB, 3 pages)

Transfer of Address

For importation of vehicles/change of registration plates/household goods (Baja/Alta Consular)

British consulates in Spain no longer issue the Consular Letter: Transfer of Address for importation of vehicles/household goods/change of registration plates (also known as the Baja Consular).

We have been informed by the Spanish Agencia Tributaria that the following documents could be accepted as proof of residence, in place of the consular letter:

  • work contract or proof of self-employment
  • if you are coming from outside the UK, a residence permit or work permit for the country you have been residing in

If you do not have either of these documents, the Agencia Tributaria has said that they could accept any document that could serve as legally admissible proof. We understand that the final decision on the acceptability of any document lies with the tax authorities, who will assess each case individually. Any document not in Spanish must be translated and legalised in the UK or country of origin.

For further information, please contact the Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria/AEAT, the Spanish state tax administration agency.

If the tax authorities continue to ask you for a letter from the consulate, you can print out the document below which quotes the relevant information from their website and states that other documents may be submitted in place of the Baja Consular.

Communication Baja Consular

Informative Note: Change of name and/or surname

British Consulates in Spain no longer issue the “Informative Note: Change of name and/or surname in the UK”. The relevant authorities have been notified. If you are having problems changing your name in Spain, you can print out a copy of the document below.

Nota Verbal re Name Change (PDF, 134KB, 4 pages)

Proof of address for marriage

Confirmación de domicilio para casarse en España

British Consulates in Spain no longer issue the “Consular Letter: Proof of address for marriage”. We have been informed by the Spanish authorities that the following documents may be accepted instead:

  • a letter confirming your address, e.g. electoral roll
  • bank or building society statement, credit card statement
  • mortgage statement
  • council tax letter
  • utility bills
  • recent proof of entitlement to local or state benefits, eg tax credits, pension, education or other benefits

If you are still asked to provide documentation from the British consulate, you can print out a copy of the document below, which quotes the information we were given by the Spanish Ministry of Justice.

Communication Proof of Address

Informative Note: Change of British passport number

British Consulates in Spain no longer issue the “Consular Certificate: Change of British passport number on renewal”. Instead you can download a free copy of an Informative Note in Spanish which may serve in place of the certificate.

Informative Note: Change of British passport number

Alternatively you can submit a Freedom of Information Request to HM Passport Office, asking for confirmation that you were the holder of your previous passport(s). Please visit HM Passport Office for further information and contact details. British consulates cannot answer any queries on this subject.

The services below may be provided by Spanish notaries or English speaking lawyers in Spain:

  • witnessing signatures or administering declarations on powers of attorney
  • witnessing signatures or administering declarations on wills
  • witnessing signatures or administering declarations on company documents
  • witnessing signatures or administering declarations on name change deed polls and similar documents
  • certificates or statements of law in the UK
  • certified photocopies of British passports, Home Office registration/naturalisation certificates, UK educational documents (including those issued in the UK by a recognised institution and listed in the Legalisation Office website), British driving licences, British divorce decrees, and foreign documents including passports, educational documents and ID documents
  • certifying your identity for British banks, building societies and other institutions

Perjury Act (1911)

Under the Perjury Act (1911) it is a criminal offence to knowingly make a false declaration. Offenders face the possibility of a fine and/or a jail sentence.

Data Protection

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all Notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the Notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the consulate will be accepted.