The Key to Access Public Services: Empadronamiento

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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid’s most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government departments and the information may be subject to change.

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The Empadronamiento is an administrative registry that is used by the City Hall to keep the city up to date with who is currently living in the municipality. The registry informs the council of all current inhabitants so they can therefore grant access to community services and also, acts as your proof of residency in the municipality. You can read more about the Empadronamiento on the official page of the city of Madrid here.

Unsure if you really need the Empadronamiento or about other documents you might need to live, study and/or work legally in Spain?

Don’t fret, simply read our main article and follow the instructions there!

If you would like an expert to assist you with the mandatory legal procedures like the Empadronamiento, we recommend getting in touch with our partner company MTS Relocation Spain, a specialized provider in relocation and legal topics. Click here for more information or keep reading!

Steps to obtain the registration of residency (Empadronamiento)

  1. Make an appointment with the City Hall of Madrid, you can do this online or by calling the phone number 010. In case you make the appointment online, simply indicate under “Tipo de servicio” the value “Atención a la ciudadanía” and select in the second field “Gestión” the value “Padrón” as well as the office closest to your home.
  2. Prepare your personal documents:
  • If you are Spanish: DNI or passport
  • If you are from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: Residency card, passport or document of identity from your country of origin
  • If you are from anywhere else: Residency card or passport.
  1. Prepare the following, required documentation:
  • Valid rental contract
  • The last receipt of rent paid (which should consist of information to identify the rental: leaseholder, landlord, property address, date of pay, etc.) or proof of payment of the deposit if you have just signed and still have not made a payment of monthly instalments

Do you have other legal questions/topics you need assistance with?

Please fill out the form below and your query will be sent to us as well as to our friends at Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid’s most known legal associations, who are also here to help you out! Please note: By sending the form below, you automatically agree that we can forward your data to Proyecto Océano as well as MTS Relocation Spain.

    First Name / Nombre

    Last Name / Apellido

    Nationality / Nacionalidad

    Estimated Date of Arrival in Madrid (DD.MM.YYYY) / Fecha Estimada de Llegada

    Duration of Stay in Spain (in months) / Duración de estancia (en meses)

    Your Email / Tu correo electrónico

    Current Residence? / Lugar actual de Residencia

    What city in Spain will you move to? / A qué ciudad en España te vas a mudar?

    What will you do in Spain? / Que vas a a hacer en España?

    Are you moving to Spain alone or with your family? / Te mudas a España solo o con tu familia?

    Do you have family already living in Spain? / Tienes familia ya viviendo en España?

    Additional Comments & Questions / Comentario adicionales y preguntas

    He leído y acepto la Política de Privacidad / I have read and accept the the Privacy Statement!


    Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. After falling in love with Madrid, she started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth! In her spare time you will find Leah at some of Madrid's many museums and cultural exhibitions.

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