María has been helping foreign nationals navigate the maze of Spanish Bureaucracy for many years.  She joined the Purple Team in 2018 and heads up Purple Permits.

She deals with all of Purple Permits’ clients personally and guides them through each stage of the process – whether they are applying for residency, changing their driving licence from a UK licence to a Spanish one,  importing their UK registered cars, etc.

María spends a lot of her time in queues in Government Departments so that you don’t have to!

She is supported back at the office by a team who are able to take your details and advise you what paperwork you need to bring for your first (free, no-obligation) meeting with María.

So call us now on 952 010 009, WhatsApp on 603 200 559 or email  info@purplepermits.es

María and the team at Purple Permits are here to help take the hassle out of Spanish Bureaucracy.


    positive review  Maria has been wonderful sorting out about 5 different services and paperwork for me all at the same time. Fast, reliable and great price. Thankyou!!

    Annie Ruler Avatar Annie Ruler
    October 10, 2019

    positive review  I asked Purple Permits to assist me to get my Residencia.... I met Maria on Wednesday 28th February and one week later I have my Residencia documents. I am delighted with the prompt professional service and very reasonable fees and highly recommend Maria & Purple Permits. Denis Cook

    Denis Cook Avatar Denis Cook
    March 6, 2019

    positive review  I would like to say a huge thank you to Maria and the team at Purple Permits! You have made the whole process of obtaining Residencia ten times easier than it would be trying to work it out alone. Excellent service with very knowledgable staff, I would highly recommend this to anyone still needing to get theirs 👍👍

    Kat Evans Avatar Kat Evans
    July 18, 2019

    positive review  I finally have my residencia.. and it's all thanks to maria. highly recommend!!!

    Sky Ferrer-evans Avatar Sky Ferrer-evans
    June 29, 2020


Whether you are a resident or not, if you own a property in Spain you should be registered on your local Town Hall Padron. 

Every person registered on the Padron brings State Government funds to your local area.

This does not affect your residency status but the Padron document is often required for other things.


An NIE number is usually the first thing you apply for if you are planning to spend any amount of time in Spain.  Although the rules, have recently changed, it is required for many things including buying a house or car.

Social Security

Depending on your circumstances, you may need a Social Security number.  This is different from your NIE.


The rules regarding applying for Permanent Residency are currently changing on a fairly regular basis, especially for UK Citizens in the wake of Brexit.

UK Nationals now have to apply for a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros (TIE) instead of the old Residencia.  If you are currently resident in Spain with a Residencia, at some point you will have to exchange it for a TIE.

Other European Nationals can still apply for a Residencia.

María is keeping up to date with all the changes and requirements for obtaining either a TIE or Residencia and can advise on the best way to qualify for Residency, whether you are British or from elsewhere in Europe or other parts of the world.

Car Ownership

If you buy or sell a car in Spain, whether to or from a dealer or private individual, there are procedures which need to be followed to ensure that the correct transfer documents are processed.

This is very different from the simple change of owner slip on the V5 in England, for example.

Change Plates

If you keep a car in Spain which is on UK or Gibraltar plates you must, after a certain period of time, legally import the car into Spain and change your plates to Spanish.

This is a legal requirement and you can be heavily fined if you exceed the time allowed.

Driving Licence

If you are now living in Spain and still have a driving licence issued in your home country you could be breaking the law in both countries.

Health Insurance

Under most circumstances, if you are applying for Spanish Residency, you will need Private Health Insurance.  We can advise and assist in getting the best policy at the right price.

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