Digital Certificate - Guide
The Digital Certificate or Certificado Digital in Spanish, is an electronic ID that allows the user to manage a wide range of administrative processes from their own computer.
The Digital Certificate is necessary not only to register as Autónomo (self-employed), but also to register your documents when applying for the TIE, declare your global income every year, and to subscribe to the Social Security regime, among other processes.
*You will need a NIE to apply for a Digital Certificate
How to obtain the Digital Certificate?
1. Download the required software
The FNMT has developed a new software that will allow you to request the Digital Certificate from any browser. You will have to download the adequate version of the software depending on what system you are using (Windows, MacOS or Linux). You can download the software from this website.
After downloading the software, you will have to follow the installation process. Once installed, the software will automatically activate when you reach the designated step on your request at the FNMT website.
2. Applying for the Digital Certificate
You can apply for a Software Certificate from the Sede Electrónica website. On the site, click on the link "SOLICITAR EL CERTIFICADO" as shown in the image below.
After clicking, 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.
Another pop-up will appear on your screen, requiring you to write down a password for your Digital Certificate. Write down a password you are sure you will remember. Then press "Aceptar".
After sending your application, you will receive an email with a link and an application code attached to it. You will need to go in person to one of the FNMT or Tax Agency offices to accredit your identity. You can find the office locator here (*Tax Agency offices will require an appointment).
After completing the steps detailed above, you will be able to download your Digital Certificate to your computer and install it into your browser by pressing the option Instalar Certificado that will appear on your screen.
3. Sending your Digital Certificate to other devices
To install your Digital Certificate to other devices, you can download it from your browser by accessing the “Certificates” section in your options menu. You can then save it with a password and send it via email to another device. You will need to enter the password you decided on the newer device, or otherwise you won’t be able to install it.