What is the digital certificate (certificado digital / firma digital?
The digital certificate or firma digital, as it is commonly know, is basically an encrypted file that is unique to you. You can install it on your computer / laptop in order to prove that it is you who is accessing your own online records. It sounds complicated but really it’s not so difficult to use. Think of it as an online password.
Once on your computer, it will enable to to interact online with government bodies such as SUMA, the DGT, the social security office and Hacienda (the central tax department). These departments allow you to check bills and notifications from the state, pay bills or make online applications. As time goes by, you are able to do more and more things with your certificado digital and so it is a very handy tool.
Where can I get a digital certificate?
You can pick up your digital certificate at most SUMA offices, larger town halls and also most OAC offices. Below is a link that you can use to find your nearest office that issues the digital certificate:
The certificate is free and usually has a validity of a few years once activated. It is very important to activate the certificate within two weeks of receiving it.
How do I use the certificado digital?
In order to activate it on your computer, you must follow the instructions on the document you are given in the issue office. The document should contain a long password which you use to activate it.
Once installed on your browser, you can access your records in the various government departments.
We are hoping to soon publish a short video tutorial on how to install the digital certificate. Watch this space.