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All Eu­ro­pean res­i­dents whose “padrón” is about to ex­piry will re­ceive a let­ter from the town hall to in­form them they must re­new it.

All Eu­ro­pean res­i­dents must re­new their “padrón”, for those who are res­i­dents it is ev­ery five years and for non-res­i­dents is ev­ery two years. The re­newal process is a sim­ple pro­ce­dure and it is car­ried out at the cit­i­zens ad­vice bureau. The doc­u­ments re­quired are ei­ther an id, pass­port and NIE.

If you have not reg­is­tered yet, we would like to re­mind you that it’s an im­por­tant pro­ce­dure that has to be done if you choose to spend any length of time in Spain.

The “padrón” reg­is­tra­tion process is very easy, you sim­ply need to visit the town hall with your prop­erty deeds, last IBI (coun­cil tax) bill or up to date rental con­tract in ei­ther Span­ish or Va­len­cian (please note no other lan­guages will be ac­cepted), your D.N.I (only ap­plies to Span­ish na­tion­als), pass­port and N.I.E and sign the doc­u­ment once the reg­is­tra­tion is fin­ished.

Some of the ad­van­tages of be­ing reg­is­tered in the “padrón” are:

The right to vote in lo­cal and Eu­ro­pean elec­tions.

Civic Cen­tre “Tar­jeta del Mayor” (OAP’s card) which of­fers dis­counts in lo­cal shops and busi­nesses, a re­duce fare in lo­cal buses and also free ac­cess to all the ser­vices of­fered by this cen­ter (Gym, gym­nas­tics classes, cour­ses, trips, etc.)

Re­duce rates at the mu­nic­i­pal swim­ming pool.

Span­ish cour­ses for for­eign­ers at the cul­tural cen­tre. Re­duced rates for res­i­dents when ac­quir­ing the card to park in blue zone ar­eas. Open­ing hours of the cit­i­zens ad­vice bureau Mon­day to Thurs­day from 8:00 to 17:00

Fri­day from 8:00 to 14:00 Satur­day from 10:00 to 13:00

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