How to install the electronic DNI in Windows 10

Electronic DNI

El Electronic DNI (DNIe) is a digital instrument increasingly used to carry out various administrative procedures, especially those in which a document is needed. digital certificate. In this post we explain the steps to follow to install the electronic DNI in Windows 10.

One of the peculiarities of the electronic DNI is that it works through a private key. It is compatible with the physical document of a lifetime, or there is a problem in obtaining the DNIe and continue carrying the DNI in the wallet. On the other hand, it is a document that we will also be able to use in many current or planned European digital identification projects.

What is the electronic DNI

The electronic National Identity Document (DNIe) began to be issued in our country by the Police General Directorate in 2006, although it only began to incorporate NFC technology a decade later. In any case, its purpose is the same: prove our identity of the owner, either in the real world or in the digital realm.

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The signature of any digital document through DNIe has the same legal validity as a real signature. If we have it installed on the computer, we can proceed to carry out all kinds of digital procedures without having to travel.

Requirements to install the electronic DNI in Windows 10

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To be able to use the DNIe on our computer we will need a smart card reader, as well as the appropriate software.

Smart card reader

There are many card readers that we can use. Windows 10 recognizes almost all of them without the need to resort to external drivers. Although there is a lot to choose from, the following model is specifically designed for use with the electronic DNI:

Electronic DNIe / DNI reader 3.0 and 4.0

This is the method to verify that Windows has recognized this device:

  1. First of all, we go to the start menu and type "Device administrator".
  2. In the list of devices that appear, we look for one that appears with the name of card reader or similar. If it does not appear, click on "Other devices".
  3. Next, in "Unknown Device" we select the tab "Properties".
  4. The next step is to open the driver search wizard, where we select the option of "Search for updated driver software automatically."


In addition to the reader, we are also going to need the official software with which to install the digital certificates of the DNI. This software can be downloaded directly from the National Police Corps website.

Once there, you just have to select the option corresponding to the version of our operating system (32 or 64 bit).

Installation of the DNIe in Windows 10

After you have configured the reader correctly and have downloaded the official software, it is time to install it. These are the steps to follow:

  1. We do double click on the downloaded application icon to start the installation wizard.
  2. From there, you just have to press "Following" in each of the phases of the installation until it is complete.
  3. Finally, we have to restart our computer.

Once this is done, we will be able to use the electronic ID by inserting it into the reader slot. We can verify that everything has been installed correctly, both the DNIe and the reading device, in the Device administrator.

How to use the electronic DNI in Windows 10

Together with the electronic DNI, two digital certificates for web browsers. These certificates are the ones that will allow us to carry out all the procedures with the official portals of the Administration: Social Security, FNMT, General Directorate of Traffic, Tax Agency, etc.

To verify that these digital certificates have been correctly installed, you must do this:

  1. In the start menu, we type "Internet Options".
  2. We click to open the configuration window, where we select "Content".
  3. In the next menu that opens, we look for and click on the option «Certificates».

If the electronic DNI has been installed satisfactorily, we will find it in this folder. That means it's ready to use.

For use the electronic DNI in the portals of the different administrations, regardless of which one it is, you have to follow more or less always the same method, it can only vary in some small details:

  • Step 1: We enter the administration website.
  • Step 2: We click on "Access by certificate" (the text may be different, but the idea is the same).
  • Step 3: A pop-up window is displayed in which you have to confirm the digital certificateby clicking on the button "To accept".
  • Step 4: You have to enter PIN* associated with the electronic ID, which is provided to us at the time of issuance.
  • Step 5: After entering the PIN, the requested information is displayed.

(*) If we have forgotten or lost the PIN, we will have no choice but to go to a police station to renew the document.

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