A civil union is a registered partnership between two indivudals that are not otherwise legally married. In order to register in the community of Madrid, both you and your partner must live together and be registered (empadronado) in the same apartment / house.
- Volante de empadronamiento conjunto: You must request this registration form from the town hall nearest you, that shows that both you and your partner live together in the same place. You must ask the director to certify it with his signature and a stamp before you can submit it to authorities during your civil union appointment.
- Certificate of no impediment (certificado de soltería): It is preferred that foreigners request this at their country´s consulate in Spain. However, if you get one from your home country remember to check with officials to make sure it is valid and make sure it is legalized and apostilled properly. Spaniards may get this document at the civil registry in their community.
- Bank fee (tasa): To register your civil union you will have to pay a fee before the appointment to submit to authorities during the appointment. Prices vary from community to community and they increase the prices at least once a year. In Madrid it is currently 82,12€.
In Madrid they tell you to come back to the office on Gran Vía in one month to pick up your civil union certificate. Then, you may apply for the corresponding residence card for EU member family members. Remember to check all the required documentation for that procedure as well. More importantly, if you (the non- EU foreigner) have registered your civil union with a EU member citizen who is not Spanish, he or she must request their EU citizen residence card in Spain prior to requesting your residence permit for EU citizen family members.