The Padron – Spanish Terms V

The Padron (Padrón in Spanish) is a census of all the people who live in a certain town.

Spanish law says that  it is obligatory to be registered on the Padron at the Town Hall where you habitually reside, although many British ex-pats still have not done so for different reasons. Some of them fear that they are going to be more controlled, but it is simply a way for the Town Hall to know how many people live in their area, without entering into investigations as to a person’s official residence status or financial affairs.


If you are registered on The Padron, you can have many advantages, like for example:

* Access to benefits and social care

* A reduction in taxes (depending on the Town Hall)

* Voting in European and local elections

* Better public services (police, health centres, schools, etc)

In order to register on your Town Hall’s padron you will need the following documentation:

  1. Passport and NIE number
  2. Title deeds of your property or rental contract

You will also need to allocate a little bit of time for this. The Padron department is one of the most visited througout the year, so there will always be a queue when you go, so be prepared.

This is something that most people can do on their own, even if they do not speak a lot of Spanish. However, many people prefer to have someone with them in case there are any hiccups (Spanish bureaucracy is famous worldwide, as we all know!), and luckily for you this is a service that we also offer.

If you would like further information regarding the Padron’s registration process, please feel free to contact us. As always, we are always happy to hear from you and we will be more than pleased to assist you with any of your queries.


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