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Registration of Place of Residence (Empadronamiento)

Registration of Place of Residence (Empadronamiento)

The padrón municipal is the document that demonstrates how long you have been in Spanish territory.
Registration of Place of Residence (Empadronamiento)
In each city, residents can register themselves (empadronarse) in the city hall after scheduling an appointment.
In the city of Madrid, all information, including the link to make an appointment, is available in the City Hall web page (Página Web del Ayuntamiento) although of course the Welcome Office will help you with this if you think it necessary.
You will need the empadronamiento for, among other things:
  • Renewing residency and work permits
  • Requesting a public health c are access card
  • Validating your driver’s license if an agreement exists with your home country
  • Education of minors in schools
That is why we advise you to register yourself as soon as you have a set address.
Here we provide details for the documentation you will need to present:
If you live in a university residence:
  •  A certificate from the university residence itself. You should request this at the reception office of your residence.
  •  Copy of your passport
  •  Registration sheet or " Hoja padronal" (see upper right corner)  filled out (only the part with your personal information)
If you live in a rented house and have a rental contract
  •  Registration sheet or " Hoja padronal" (see upper right corner)  filled out
  •  Photocopy of your passport
  •  Photocopy of the landlord’s DNI
  •  Rental contract
  •  Electric or water bill in the name of your landlord.
If you are sharing a flat and some of your flatmates are already registered:
  •  Registration sheet or " Hoja padronal" (see upper right corner)  filled out. In this case your registered flatmate should fill it  out.
  •  Photocopy of your passport
  •  Photocopy of the passport of your flatmate, or his/her NIE