Civil registration in Denmark

Folkeregistrering i Danmark
Here you can read about when you have the right and the obligation to be registered with the Danish Civil Register when you move to Denmark from abroad.

You can be registered in the Danish Civil Register (CPR) when you move to Denmark. Your rights and duties in this connection will vary, depending on the country of which you are a citizen and the country from which you are moving.

People moving between the Nordic countries, including the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland, are covered by what is known as the inter-Nordic civil registration agreement, under which you can only be registered at one address in the Nordic Region.

You must register your change of address to your municipality of residence within five days of moving to Denmark, and you must meet the conditions for registration. You cannot be registered as a resident unless you have a permanent place of residence, are legally resident in Denmark and will be staying in the country for more than three months.

If you are not a Danish citizen and are moving from another country to the City of Copenhagen or one of a number of other municipalities in the Copenhagen metropolitan area and Zealand, you must register the move and apply for a civil registration number online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” further down this page.  

If you are moving to any other municipality in Denmark, you must register the move by personally contacting the Citizen Service Centre in the municipality to which you have moved. You must always bring ID and proof of your address in Denmark. You may also be required to bring other documentation, depending on the country of which you are a citizen and the country from which you are moving.  

Once you are on the Civil Register, you will be issued with a Civil Registration (CPR) number.  

Nordic citizens

If you are a citizen of another Nordic country and are moving to Denmark from another Nordic country, you must register in Denmark if you will be staying in the country for more than six months.

You have the right – but not the obligation – to register if you will be staying in Denmark for more than three months.

Moving to Denmark from a Nordic country
  • You must bring your passport or other ID with you to the Citizen Service Centre (if you are not a Danish citizen and are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area, however, you can register your move online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” below).
  • You must state your civil registration number in the country from which you are moving.
  • You must state the address from which you are moving.
  • You must state your address in Denmark.
  • If you are married and/or have children, you must bring documentation showing this.

When you have notified the Citizen Service Centre of your move, the civil registration agency in the Nordic country from which you have moved will be informed that you are now registered in Denmark.   You will then be deregistered from the Civil Register in the country from which you have moved.  

In some Nordic countries, you must also report your move to the local civil registration office before leaving the country.

Moving to Denmark from a non-Nordic country
  • You must bring your passport or other ID with you to the Citizen Service Centre (if you are not a Danish citizen and are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area, however, you can register your move online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” below).
  • You must state your address in Denmark.
  • If you are married and/or have children, you must bring documentation for this.

Citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland

If you are a citizen of a non-Nordic EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you can be registered with the Civil Register in Denmark if you will be staying in the country for more than three months.

You must be registered in Denmark if you will be staying in the country for more than six months.

The same applies to any family members from third countries who are subject to EU rules regarding freedom of movement, establishment and exchange of services, etc., but who are not nationals of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland.  

Moving to Denmark from a Nordic country
  • You must bring your passport or other ID with you to the Citizen Service Centre (if you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area, however, you can register your move online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” below).
  • You must bring an EU registration certificate with you. You can apply for the certificate at nyidanmark.dk.
  • You must state your civil registration number in the country from which you are moving.
  • You must state the address from which you are moving.
  • You must state your address in Denmark.
  • If you are married and/or have children, you must bring documentation showing this.

When you have notified the move to the Civil Register in Denmark, the registration authority in the country from which you have moved will be automatically informed that you are now registered in Denmark. You will then be deregistered from the Civil Register in the country from which you have moved.  

In some Nordic countries, you must also report your move to the local civil registration office before leaving the country.

Moving to Denmark from a non-Nordic country
  • You must bring your passport or other ID with you to the Citizen Service Centre (if you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area, however, you can register your move online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” below).
  • You must bring an EU registration certificate with you. You can apply for the certificate at nyidanmark.dk.
  • You must state your address in Denmark.
  • If you are married and/or have children, you must bring documentation showing this.

Citizens of other countries

If you are a citizen of a country outside the Nordic Region, EU and EEA and are moving to Denmark, you must report the move to the Civil Register if you will be staying in the country for more than three months, unless you are moving to Denmark from another Nordic country, in which case you are only required to register the move if your stay will last more than six months.

Your move can only be entered in the Civil Register if you have a residence permit. You can apply for a residence and work permit at nyidanmark.dk.  

Moving to Denmark from a Nordic country
  • You must bring your passport or other ID with you to the Citizen Service Centre (if you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area, however, you can register your move online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” below).
  • You must bring your residence permit.
  • You must state your civil registration number in the country from which you are moving.
  • You must state the address from which you are moving.
  • You must state your address in Denmark.
  • If you are married and/or have children, you must bring documentation showing this.

When you have notified the move to the Civil Register in Denmark, the registration authority in the country from which you have moved will be informed that you are now registered in Denmark. You will then be deregistered from the Civil Register in the country from which you have moved.  

In some Nordic countries, you must also report your move to the local civil registration office before leaving the country.

Moving to Denmark from a non-Nordic country
  • You must bring your passport or other ID with you to the Citizen Service Centre (if you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area, however, you can register your move online. See “If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area” below).
  • You must bring your residence permit.
  • You must state your address in Denmark.
  • If you are married and/or have children, you must bring documentation for this.

If you are moving to the Copenhagen metropolitan area

If you are not a Danish citizen, the City of Copenhagen and a number of other local authorities in the Copenhagen metropolitan area and Zealand require that you register your move and apply for a civil registration number online. You must complete an application form online and pick up your civil registration number personally from International House, Gyldenløvesgade 11, 1600 Copenhagen V.

Moving from Denmark or Greenland to another country

If you are moving abroad from Denmark or Greenland, you must report your move to your present municipality of residence before leaving, even if you are moving to another Nordic country.

If you are moving to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands or Greenland from Denmark, you must register your move with the municipality in the area where you will be living. Your previous municipality in Denmark or Greenland can only register your departure from the country when it has been informed by the registration authority in the country to which you are moving that you are now registered there.

You can register your move abroad at ‘Life in Denmark’ (see below).  

    Registration number if you cannot be registered with the Danish Civil Register

    If you do not meet the conditions for being registered with the Danish Civil Register, but you are required to pay tax (for example because you work in Denmark), SKAT can assign you a so-called administrative civil registration number.

    You can apply for a tax card and an administrative personal number at skat.dk. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the Tax Agency.

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