Skip to main content

Step-by-step guide: Citizens taking up residence in Aarhus on the basis of EU regulations

As a citizen from the European Union, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland, or as a family member to an EU citizen, you will have to follow these steps for residing in Denmark.

Content

    Step 1: Obtain an EU residence document
    Step 2: Register your address, get a CPR number and a health insurance card
    Step 3: Request MitID 
    Step 4: Apply for a tax card

     

    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. 

    Read about how to apply for an EU residence document (new window)

    Please note: you must submit your application for an EU residence document online and thereafter book an appointment with SIRI Aarhus to get your EU residence document. 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

    If you already have an appointment with SIRI at Dokk1, and you receive your EU residence document during your appointment, you will be referred to Citizen Service (Borgerservice) to have your CPR number issued subsequently - IF you have submitted and brought relevant documentation to be issued with a CPR number.
    Therefore, 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 for instance 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 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 you have a permanent address and your stay exceeds three months. You must register if your stay exceeds six months.

    You must:

    1. Apply for a CPR number online (unless you have a CPR number from a previous stay in Denmark - if so see the guide below)
    2. Book an appointment to appear in person at Citizen Service (Borgerservice) at Dokk1 to complete your registrations. 

    When you appear in person at Citizen Service, you will also choose a general practitioner (family doctor).

    Read more about the CPR number below.

    Online application for a CPR number

    Please have the following documents ready for upload:

    • EU residence document from the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)
    • Passport or national ID
    • Proof of your address in Denmark (as a general guideline you must upload or bring proof that you have been /will be living at the address for at least one month).
      • If you are renting: your rental contract
      • If you are living at someone else's address: consent from the person residing at the address
      • If you own the property you are moving into: proof of your ownership
    • If you are moving to Denmark from a Nordic country: your social security number from that country. 
    • If you are married: marriage certificate - even if your partner is not accompanying you
    • If you are divorced: marriage certificate from your previous marriage and divorce certificate.
    • If you are a widow(er): marriage certificate and death certificate.  

    If you are bringing children:

    • Children's birth certificates, for any accompanying children under 18.
    • Documents on legal custody, if you have full custody of your child. 
    • Consent form from the child’s other parent if this parent isn’t accompanying the child to Denmark (find the document in the online CPR application. It must be printed and signed by the child’s other parent. You must upload this document or bring it for your appointment with Citizen Service) You may also be asked to bring a copy of the passport/ID of your child's other parent. Additional documentation may be also asked for.

    Your documents must be in Danish, English or German.

    Apply for a CPR number (new window)

    For your subsequent appointment with Citizen Service, please bring the receipt you get from your online CPR application and the original documents mentioned above.

    Book an appointment with Citizen Service (one per person)

    Health insurance card (Sundhedskort)

    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 healthcare 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. 

    Read more about the yellow health insurance card. 

    If you already have an administrative CPR number / a tax number or have been issued with a CPR number from a previous stay in Denmark, should not apply for a CPR number online.

    Instead, you must book an appointment to show up in person at Citizen Service (Borgerservice) to register your address and entry to Denmark.

    You must bring the following documents: 

    • The entry form below (fill in the form before appearing at Citizen Service)
    • EU residence document from the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). You must reapply for an EU residence document with SIRI before we can register you in the CPR system if:
      • The date when your EU residence document was issued is more than six months ago. 
      • You were registered in the CPR registration system as having left Denmark 
    • Passport or national ID
    • Proof of your address in Denmark (as a general guideline you must upload or bring proof that you have been /will be living at the address for at least one month).
      • If you are renting: your rental contract
      • If you are living at someone else's address: consent from the person residing at the address
      • If you own the property you are moving into: proof of your ownership
    • If you are moving to Denmark from a Nordic country: your social security number from that country. 
    • If you are married: marriage certificate - even if your partner is not accompanying you
    • If you are divorced: marriage certificate from your previous marriage and divorce certificate.
    • If you are a widow(er): marriage certificate and death certificate.  

    If you are bringing children:

    • Children's birth certificates, for any accompanying children under 18.
    • Documents on legal custody, if you have full custody of your child. 
    • Consent form from the child’s other parent if this parent isn’t accompanying the child to Denmark (find the document in the online CPR application. It must be printed and signed by the child’s other parent. You must upload this document or bring it for your appointment with Citizen Service). Please also bring a kopi of the passport/ID of your child's other parent. Additional documentation may be asked for.

    Your documents must be in Danish, English or German.

    Book an appointment with Citizen Service

     

    MitID is your personal secure login for:

    • Using public online self-service solutions
    • Accessing your digital post from public authorities
    • Online banking
    • Verifying your identity on a range of public and private websites
    • Signing documents digitally

    MitID allows you to use the same login from different devices via the MitID-app. Read more about MitID at mitid.dk

    How to activate your MitID app

    Citizen Service will set you up for MitID in relation to the issuing of your CPR number.

    After having been issued with a CPR number you MUST wait 24 hours before activating your MitID-app.

    Please follow the guide Get MitID with a foreign passport / ID card on mitid.dk. The guide will tell you to scan your passport (or ID card with a chip from certain Schengen countries) using your smartphone.

    If you are experiencing trouble activating MitID:

    If you have followed this guide on mitid.dk scanning your passport or ID card (from Schengen countries) but still can't activate MitID please book an appointment with Citizen Service (Borgerservice).

    IMPORTANT: Please familiarise yourself before your appointment with what is required for Citizen Service to help you activate your MitID. 

    • Your passport or national identification card
    • The documents you received when your CPR number was issued at Dokk1 (proof of your CPR number, your temporary health insurance card (midlertidigt sundhedskort) and your residence certificate (bopælsattest).  

    If you do not have a smartphone 

    If this is the case there are alternatives to using MitID as an app. Please contact Citizen Service at 89 40 22 22 to know how to get MitID without using the MitID-app when moving to Denmark.

    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.

    Apply for a tax card (new window)

    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.

     

    CPR Number
    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 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.

     

    Photo of a temporary health insurance card

    The actual yellow health insurance card
    Approximately 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. The yellow health insurance card is also available as an app.
    Click here to read about healthcare in Denmark

    Picture of health insurance card

     

    MitID

    MitID is your personal secure login for:

    • Using public online self-service solutions
    • Accessing your digital post from public authorities
    • Online banking
    • Verifying your identity on a range of public and private websites
    • Signing documents digitally

    MitID allows you to use the same login from different devices via the MitID app. If you don’t have a smartphone or can use the app, MitID can be used via other devices.

    Read more about MitID at mitid.dk

    Last updated: 22. March 2024