EMPADRONAMIENTO – how to get it and what it is:

Basically, to get empadronado is to register with the community where you live. It makes you an official member of the community and benefits both you and the community. The community, because they get funds based on how many people they have registered which goes into health-care, schools, security etc. It benefits you because you are now a member of the community (not to be confused with resident) and can enjoy benefits like your own doctor at the hospital, numerous discounts at leisure centers and other places, gives you the right to vote, put your kids in the local school etc. It is also needed for a variety of administrative procedures.

To get your empadronamiento you will need to go to the Ayuntamiento (city hall) or Junta Municipal de Distrito (neighborhood administrative office) and bring:
– The form required (which you will get once there)
– Your passport and NIE
– Proof of where you are living (your contract or if you rent a room you will need your landlord to come with you or a signed document as a proof).

It is a quick procedure and usually only takes a few minutes if there is not a line.

Interesting to know about the Empadronamiento is that it is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

For those who don’t have their papers in order, they have nothing to fear from registering. It’s in the city’s best interest to have an accurate count of the number of people within their jurisdiction and they will NOT use this list to go after illegal immigrants or those who overstay their visas.

If you want to know more about getting your NIE number, check out what I wrote on this issue a few days ago.

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~ by barca2and4elly on October 14, 2008.

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