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Step by Step - How to Apply for a Digital Certificate in Spain

The Digital Certificate or Certificado Digital in Spanish, sits on your computer, pad or mobile and is becoming an almost essential tool when coping with Spanish bureacracy.

By Nick Nutter | Updated 5 Nov 2022 | Andalucia | Living In Andalucia | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read Later

What is a Digital Certificate

The Digital Certificate or Certificado Digital in Spanish, is an electronic ID that sits on your computer. It allows you to perform an increasing number of administrative processes through your own computer such as registering for autonomo, submitting your annual income and registering your documents when applying for your TIE.

It should not be confused with the EU Digital Covid Certificate.


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How to obtain a Digital Certificate

Download the Application

La Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (FNMT) has developed a software application that allows you to request a digital certificate from any browser. You have to download the correct version of the software depending on the system you are using (Windows, MacOS, Linux).

Download the application here


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Click on the ‘Configurador FNMT-RCM’ for your system.
The application will download. It should automatically install, if not just right click the download icon and click ‘Install’.
Follow the installation instructions.


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Applying for the Digital Certificate

You can now apply for your Digital Certificate from the SEDE Electronica website.

Click here

Click on ‘Solicitar Certificado’
A new page will open showing a form asking for your details
You need to fill in the following personal information:
Nº del documento de identificación: your NIE
Primer Apellido: your first surname.
Correo electrónico: an active email you wish to use for this process.

At the bottom of the form you will see a link "Pulse aquí para consultar y aceptar las condiciones de expedición del certificado". You must click this link first and accept the terms and conditions before clicking “Enviar petición” to send your application.


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A pop up appears on your screen
Click ‘Abrir’
Another pop up appears asking for your password twice. (You will be using this password so put down something you will remember).
Click ‘Aceptar’

Confirm Your Identity

You will receive an email with a link and an application code attached to it.
You now have to physically visit one of the FNMT of Tax Agency Offices.

You can find the nearest office by clicking here

Take your TIE and/or your Passport.

You will now receive another email with the same link and application code.
Click on the link
A form appears into which you enter your NIE, name and the code supplied in the email
Accept the privacy policy
A button will appear
Click ‘Instalar Certificado’

Your Digital Certificate will download to your machine.

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Comments

  • Chris - 3 Oct 2022
    Hi, I need to move my digital certificate to a new laptop. Please advise how I can do that. I had a Microsoft laptop but now have a MacBook. Thanks Chris
    • Nick Nutter - 4 Oct 2022
      Hi Chris, I moved mine but only between PCs by saving the certificate to my desktop, then onto a digi stick and from there to my new PC but I am not sure how that will work to a Mac. P.S. Make a note of your password before you do the transfer.
  • Deb - 10 Jan 2022
    Hi, thanks for the info. Once you have the link and code, can this be downloaded on to more than one device ie phone and computer?
    • Nick Nutter - 11 Jan 2022
      Yes, no problem
  • Barry - 18 Dec 2021
    Hi, can multiple certificates be stored on the one laptop? For example, mine, my wife's and my two children's?
    • Nick Nutter - 19 Dec 2021
      Yes, no problem. Ours are one just one mobile phone
  • Geoffrey Nurse - 11 Dec 2021
    Very useful thank you.
    • Nick Nutter - 12 Dec 2021
      Thank you for your comment
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