What do you need to open a Spanish bank account in Spain?

Detective Pux here, ready to crack the case of what you need to open a Spanish bank account in Spain. As an experienced investigator, I know that the key to solving any case is to start with the basics. So, let's start at the beginning.

First and foremost, you will need to have some form of identification. This can be a passport, national ID card, or a driver's license if you're feeling adventurous. Just make sure that your ID is up-to-date and valid, or else the bank may give you the boot.

Next, you will need to provide proof of your residency in Spain. This can be a rental agreement, utility bill, or any official document that shows your address. The bank needs to know where you live so they can send the repo man after you if you skip town with all their money.

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but you will also need some money to deposit into your new bank account. The amount may vary depending on the bank and account type, but let's just say you should probably have more than a few euros in your pocket.

If you are a non-EU citizen, you will also need a NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero). This is a fancy way of saying that you need a Spanish tax identification number. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds. Just go to your local police station and they will give you one. Easy peasy.

Now, if you're thinking of using your Spanish bank account to launder money or finance your underground salsa dancing business, I have some bad news for you. The bank will need to know the source of your funds. This means you will need to provide documentation that shows where your money came from, whether it's from your job, inheritance, or selling your collection of antique spoons.

Last but not least, you will need to have a good sense of humor. Trust me, dealing with banks can be a headache, but if you can make the bank teller laugh, they may just give you a free pen or a lollipop. And who doesn't love free stuff?

In all seriousness, opening a bank account in Spain is not rocket science, but it can be a bit of a bureaucratic process. Just make sure you have all the necessary documents and paperwork, and be prepared to answer some questions about your finances. And if all else fails, just bribe the bank with some paella or a bottle of Rioja.

I hope this has been helpful, and if you ever need any more detective work done, don't hesitate to give me a call. Until next time, keep calm and carry on banking!