Doing any kind of paperwork in Spain can be a daunting task, I know firsthand how stressful it is do anything with the government. In this post, you will learn how to successfully obtain a Spanish background check at Ministerio de Justicia in Madrid.
It is easier to do this task in Spain than from overseas. I requested a background check from the U.S. and it was stressful. It took two weeks to get my background check by post. I was a wreck, but everything worked out in the end. Okay. Let’s get back on topic: how to obtain a background check in Spain.
First thing you will need to do is get a copy of the 790 Form. You can go the Ministry of Justice and get a copy outside the main entrance. Also, you can download and print a copy of the form the Ministry’s website. Fill out only the Administration part. Here’s detailed information on how to fill out the form. I got this information from the blog called Knocking on Doors.
“You can download this form in Spanish or English from the Ministry of Justice website (links above). Each time you download it your receipt number changes so make sure you are using the same form for all of your different copies! You will be sending the form that says Copy for the Administration to Spain.
Fill out Identification (I) Section will your old NIE number, name and address. Ignore box 16.
In the Self-Assessment (2) Section check box 17 for Criminal Record. In Part A, write in that you will be using it in the United States for the Consulate General of Spain. In Part B, fill in your old NIE number and your information. For 32, I put Spanish long-term student visa application. Ignore 33 unless you want to receive a background check from other EU countries (not sure what happens if you do this). Ignore Part C.
In the Informant (3) Section, the first dotted line is the city you live in followed by the date in day-month-year format. Sign.
In the Deposit (4) Section, for the amount in euros boxes but 3 in the first larger box and 66 in the smaller box.
Do this for the collaborating entity copy and interested party copy, which you will keep for yourself (Knocking on Doors).”
After you complete filling out the form, you need to go to your bank and pay the tasa (tax) to the Ministry of Justice. At the moment, the tasa is 3.70 in Euros. This can change; therefore, it is best to check what the current rate for the tasa. This will save yourself some major headaches and wasting more money.
After you complete the two tasks above, go to the Ministery of Justice on Calle de la Bolsa 8, 28012 Madrid and wait in line. Also, bring your passport or NIE! The two closes metro stations are Sol (Lines: 1,2, and 3) and Triso de Molina (Line: 1). Once you get past security, you need to get a ticket from the kiosk. Select the option called: “antecedentes penales.” Then wait for your number to be called and then you will get your background check right on the spot.