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Step 1: obtain an EU residence document
Step 2: register your address, get a CPR number and a health insurance card
Step 3: request NemID
Step 4: apply for a tax card
If you plan on staying in Denmark for more than three months, or more than six months if you will be seeking employment, your first step is to obtain an EU residence document.
The EU residence document is proof of your right to reside in Denmark.
EU residence documents are issued by SIRI, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.
You need an EU residence document in order to get a CPR number.
The EU residence document is personal and only applies to you.
Please note: you must book an appointment with SIRI Aarhus to submit your application for an EU residence document in person. Click here to book an appointment with SIRI.
SIRI Aarhus is located at:
International Citizen Service West (ICS West)
Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2
8000 Aarhus C
Current procedure for applying for a CPR number:
If you already have an appointment with SIRI at Dokk1, and you receive your EU residence document during your appointment, you will be reffered to Citizen Service (Borgerservice) to have your CPR number issued subsequently.
However, please apply for a CPR number in advance of showing up at Dokk1. Follow the guide under "online application for a CPR number" below. Please do not book an appointment with Citizen Service.
If SIRI is unable to issue your EU residence document at Dokk1 e.g. if you have not brought the necessary documents for your appointment: Please do not book an appointment with Citizen Service before you have been issued with an EU residence document. Please apply for a CPR number online (below) before appearing in person at Dokk1.
If you have a valid EU residence document from an earlier visit to SIRI (issued within the last 6 months from before applying for a CPR number), please apply for a CPR number online (below) before appearing in person at Citizen Service. Please book an appointment with Citizen Service.
When you have an EU residence document, your next step is to get a CPR number. As an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen you are entitled to register for a CPR number if your stay exceeds three months and you must register if it exceeds six months.
When you appear in person at Citizen Service, you will also choose a general practitioner (family doctor).
Read more about the CPR number below.
Please have the following documents ready for upload:
Your documents must be in Danish, English or German.
For your subsequent appointment with Citizen Service, please bring the receipt you get from your online CPR application and the original documents mentioned above.
Approximately 14 days after your CPR registration has been completed, you will automatically receive a yellow health insurance card (sundhedskort) by post.
The card is your documentation that you are entitled to the services offered under the Danish national health insurance scheme. It carries your CPR number, your address and the name and address of your GP.
You must bring the card when going to see your general practitioner, a hospital or other health care facilities. It is often also used as an ID.
When you register for a CPR number Citizen Service will provide you with a temporary health insurance card on paper which you must use until you get your actual health insurance card by post.
You must bring the following documents:
Your documents must be in Danish, English or German.
NemID is your personal secure login for:
NemID allows you to log on using the same logon solution whether you are checking your digital post from public authorities, checking your accounts, your insurances or your tax information, etc. Besides using NemID as secure login, NemID also works as your signature online. It is just as valid as the one you put on paper.
Your NemID allows you to log on from different devices.
With NemID you log on using your CPR number, a personal password, and a code card with printed codes. It is a so-called two-factor authentication.
When you have used all of the codes, you will automatically receive a new code card by mail.
Your NemID is issued by Citizen Service and can be issued in relation to when you register for a CPR number or later.
Getting a NemID that is ready to use (your NemID is activated and you are issued with the code card) requires that you:
If you are not able to bring an attesting witness, your NemID will be set up for you at Citizen Service. Then, after 3-11 days, you will receive a letter with your code card.
You can also obtain NemID at your bank. Let them know, that you also wish to use NemID for public online solutions, otherwise it will only work for checking your NetBank and you will not be able to log on to see important digital mail from public authorities.
NemID is available as an app. You can download and activate the app after your NemID has been activated. You activate the app using your NemID code card.
During 2022 NemID will be replaced by MitID. MitID is the next generation of online two factor authentication as used for the same purposes as NemID.
If you have any income in Denmark, you need to apply for at tax card from the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen).
Exactly how much you must pay depends on your earnings and the tax deductions and allowances you are entitled to.
If you do not apply for a tax card, your employer will deduct 55% from your salary.
EU residence document
The EU residence document is proof that you meet the conditions for residence under EU legislation and therefore have the right to reside and study in Denmark.
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.
The CPR number gives you the right to use the Danish health care system.
A temporary health insurance card
The document is your temporary health insurance card until you receive the actual card. It contains the name, address, and phone number of your doctor. Until you receive your actual health insurance card, you must bring the temporary document if you are going to the doctor, hospital, or dentist.
The actual yellow health insurance card
About 14 days after your entry has been registered, you will receive a yellow health insurance card (sundhedskort) by post (please have your name on your mailbox). The card carries your Danish CPR number (social security number). You are advised to always carry your yellow health insurance card with you as you will need to use it when contacting your doctor, hospitals, and dentists.
Click here to read about healthcare in Denmark
NemID is your personal secure login for digital contact with public authorities, for your Digital Post, for net banking, and a wide range of online self-service solutions. You log on with NemID via your personal user-ID, a personal password, and a code card with one-time passwords on. Your NemID is set up by Citizen Service (Borgerservice) when you do your registrations.
Then, after 3-11 days, you will receive two letters, one with your code card and one with an activation password which you must use in order to activate your NemID.
Click here to read about NemID