In Denmark each person has a personal registration number, which is called a CPR number. CPR stands for Central Person Register.
The CPR number is essential in relation to any contact with the Danish authorities and especially in connection to tax and social security issues.
If you intend to stay for a period of 3 months or more (6 months if within EU/EEA or Nordic countries) you must notify the municipal authorities (Folkeregistret).
Note that a permanent address is mandatory to obtain a CPR number.
How to obtain a CPR number in the Greater Copenhagen Area
Since June 1st 2017, it is mandatory to apply for a Civil Registration Number online after you have been granted an EU registration certificate / a residence permit. You will be notified when your CPR number is ready for pick up at International Citizen Service-Centre in Copenhagen. Note that CPR Numbers can only be picked up by personal appearance.
How to obtain a CPR number in other areas in Denmark
You can contact your municipality’s local Citizen Service Centre or your nearest International Citizen Service Centre in Aalborg, Aarhus, or Odense.
Which documents do you need to apply for a CPR number?
- Work and residence permit (relevant if you are a citizen outside the EU/EEA, the Nordic region or Switzerland)
- Assignment/employment contract
- Passport or personal ID
- Proof of your address in Denmark (e.g., rental contract)
- If applicable, documentation for changes of name (marriage/divorce certificate, etc.)
- If applicable, birth certificates for your children
- If applicable, a marriage certificate.
You should ask for a receipt of your notification and for a personal (civil) registration number.
My family is accompanying me - should they register?
If your wife / husband and children accompany you to Denmark they must also register and obtain a CPR number.
Danish health insurance scheme
Once you have informed the municipal authorities of your arrival and have received a CPR number, you are included in the general Danish health insurance scheme. You will be asked to choose a doctor from a list provided by your respective municipality.