The Danish Personal ID number

How to get your CPR number

The Danish Personal ID number

All residents in Denmark need to have a Central Personal Register number (CPR number). This is a national identification number that makes up part of your personal information stored in Denmark’s Civil Registration System.

Legally, everyone staying in Denmark for more than 3 months needs to apply for a CPR number.

As well as being a national identification number, your CPR number is an integral part of Danish society and grants you access to a number of services in Denmark. For example, without a CPR number, you cannot open a bank account, get a Danish phone number, use the public healthcare system, pay your taxes, receive your salary and more. In other words, a CPR number is essential if you want to live in Denmark.

The CPR number has 10 digits: the first six digits are the date of your birth, the following four are a unique ID number and the final four numbers indicate your gender.

How do I get one?

To get your CPR number, you need to fill in the online application form  and attend a registration appointment at the International Citizen Service (ICS). If you have a spouse or children (under 18) accompanying you in Denmark, you need to make a joint application.

To fill in the online form, you need to have:

  • a Danish residence permit (non-EU/EEA country citizens)
  • an EU registration certificate  (EU/EEA country citizens, and Switzerland) - you can make the online application before getting your registration certificate but you need to bring this certificate to your appointment at the ICS.
  • proof of an address in Denmark (can be a hotel payment receipt, Airbnb - or similar - booking confirmation, rental contract…). If you are supplying a rental contract or have bought a house, you cannot apply for your CPR number until you live at the stated address.

After your application form has been processed (usually around 2 weeks), you will receive an email asking you to attend an appointment at the ICS. You will need to take the following documents to your appointment:

  • a Danish residence permit (non-EU/EEA country citizens)
  • an EU registration certificate (EU/EEA country citizens, and Switzerland)
  • passport or ID card
  • proof of an address in Denmark (see above)
  • marriage/divorce/registered partner certificate (if applicable)
  • birth certificate (under 18)

After your ID has been checked and approved at the appointment, you will receive your CPR number.

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