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If you plan to live and work legally in Spain and contribute into the system, you need to apply for a social security number in order to qualify for benefits such as public healthcare. This number can be obtained from the Seguridad Social office in Paseo Saladar in Denia.

a) A valid passport or national identity card
b) NIE / Residency Certificate
c) Application Form Modelo TA.1 – completed and signed

Download Form TA.1 (External PDF Link)


Passeig del Saladar, 41
03700 Denia (Alicante)
Tel: 96 578 00 22
Open: 9.00am to 2.00pm (Monday to Friday)

You can make an appointment either by telephone or online here.

When you enter the offices, head straight for the clerk sitting behind desk nearby and explain that you want to apply for a social security number. (If your language skills are not up to scratch, simply handing over the completed form tends to get across the message.) You’ll be handed a skip of paper with an appointment number printed on it. And then it’s simply a case of sitting and waiting for that number to appear on the screen above the desk. When it does appear, make your way to the desk number shown and hand over your paperwork to the clerk. Assuming everything meets the requirements, you will be handed back a certificate of social security registration on which you’ll find your number.

Armed with a social security registration number, you can apply for a health card (SIP card) at the Centro de Salud in Javea.

When you enter the health centre, turn right and head for the desk to the right of the stairs. Hand over your paperwork to the clerk – you’ll need your social security registration, a valid padron certificate and a form of identification, such as a passport or national identity card; if you have an employment contract, it’s a good idea to present that as well. (It’s always beneficial to take several copies of everything so speed up the process.) Assuming everything is satisfactory, the clerk will hand back a temporary SIP card on the reverse of which you will have been allocated a doctor in the Centro de Salud. A permanent SIP card will often be issued months after the temporary one has expired although it will still accepted. The clerk in the health centre will normally let you know if you need to upgrade to a permanent card.

The procedure for replacing a lost or stolen SIP card is quite simple, if a little drawn out in the process. If your card has been stolen, you should report the theft to receive the relative report from the police; you will not be charged for a replacement if you have this documentation. If you have lost or misplaced your SIP card (or if you don't fancy the rigmarole of dealing with the police), you will be charged a nominal fee for its replacement .

Your first stop is the reception desk at the Centro de Salud in the old town where they will be able to find your details on their database using your full name, social security number or date of birth (or all three) along with a valid document of identification such as your passport. You will then be handed two copies of an application form for the replacement - you will soon discover that you will need three, one for the health service, one for the bank and one for yourself so either ask for a third copy and make a copy yourself. Take the forms to one of the banks listed on the form; the nearest is Banco Santander in Avenida Principe de Asturia just up from the Placeta del Convent (old man's roundabout) but be aware that most banks will only process these applications on a Tuesday along with utility bills, etc. Once you have completed the payment at the bank (who will retain one of the copies), return to the Centro de Salud and they should be able to issue a new card straight away. Keep it safe!

Note: Contrary to popular belief, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid for healthcare if the holder is mainly resident in Spain.

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