Step 2: Register your address and get a CPR number
If you will be staying in Denmark for more than three months, your next step, after having received your residence permit, is to register your address and get a CPR number – your Danish social security number.
- apply for a CPR number online (unless you have a CPR number from a previous stay in Denmark)
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.
When you register online, please have the following documents ready for upload:
- Residence permit
- Passport or national ID with photo (must include your place of birth)
- Proof of your address in Denmark e.g. a rental contract
- Marriage certificate, if you are married - even if your partner is not accompanying you
- Divorce certificate, if you are divorced
- Death certificate, if you are a widow(er)
- Birth certificate for any accompanying child under 18
- Documents concerning legal custody, if you are not married to your child's other parent.
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.
Find Citizen Service (Borgerservice)
Citizen Service is part of International Citizen Service, and located at:
International Citizen Service West (ICS West)
Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2
8000 Aarhus C
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 health care facilities. It is often also used as an ID.
Q&A - applying for a CPR number and receiving your health insurance card
What is a CPR number?
Everyone who lives in Denmark is required to have a civil registration number called a CPR number.
Having a CPR number means that you are covered by the Danish health insurance scheme. You also need it to open a bank account, access your health insurance, borrow books from the library, pay tax, receive a salary and so on.
Requirements for getting a CPR number as a citizen from outside the EU/EEA intending to work or study in Denmark:
- You have a residence permit
- You are staying in Denmark for more than 3 months
- You have a place to live on a permanent basis. You are not able to register for your CPR until you actually live at your residence
Facts about the CPR number
- The CPR number consists of ten digits. The first six digits are your date of birth (day, month and year) while the last four digits provide a unique identification number for all citizens in Denmark. The final four numbers also indicate your gender, ending in even numbers for women and odd numbers for men.
- You can only obtain a CPR number after you arrive in Denmark
- You will receive a yellow health card (sundhedskort) approximately 2 weeks after you are registered in the Civil Registration System (CPR system)
- You can apply for a NemID in connection to your CPR registration.
Do you already have a CPR number?
If you already have an administrative CPR number (a tax number), or have a CPR number from a previous stay in Denmark you 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 certain documents for your registration.
Can I show up at Citizen Service (Borgerservice) at Dokk1 without an appointment and get the CPR-number?
No.You always need to have an appointment.
Please call us at +45 89401030 if you need help to book an appointment. If this is your first time applying for a CPR number you must have applied for a CPR online before you appear at Dokk1.
How do I book an appointment with Citizen Service (Borgerservice) if I do not have a Danish phone number?
If you do not have a Danish phone number, you can type in 8 digits e.g. your birthday or another combination you can remember.
When you arrive for your appointment with Citizen Service at Dokk1, you must type in the 8 digits at the check-in stand in the arrival area.
I cannot find my reservation number for my appointment with Citizen Service at Dokk1, what do I do?
You need the reservation number to check-in when you arrive at Citizen Service at Dokk1. You have received an email containing your reservation number. Check your spam filter, in case the email is not in your inbox.
If you still can’t find the email please call Citizen Service (Borgerservice) at +45 89 40 10 30 or send us an email at email@example.com. Tell us your full name and the date and time you have booked the appointment. We will then find your reservation number in the system.
I cannot find my receipt for making the online registration, what do I do? Do I need to apply for the CPR-number again?
We can always find your online registration, if you bring your ID when you show up at Citizen Service at Dokk1. Please do not apply again.
What do I do if I plan to stay in Denmark for a longer period than first assumed?
You will automatically be registered as having left Denmark, on the date of departure you have provided us with.
When you are registered in the Civil Registration System (CPR) as having left Denmark, you simultaneously lose your social security in Denmark.
It is therefore important that you contact us at +45 89 40 10 30 so that we can cancel or change your date of departure.
What do I do if I have forgotten to upload a document on my application for the CPR-number?
When you show up at Citizen Service at Dokk1 to get the CPR-number, you need to bring the physical document (not on your phone) and tell us that you haven’t uploaded it, then we will do it.
What if I leave Denmark earlier than expected?
If you leave Denmark earlier than expected you must report your departure at lifeindenmark.dk using your NemID.
What if I am going abroad for a certain period and plan to come back to Denmark. Do I need to register my departure?
What if I don't receive my yellow health insurance card?
If you do not have your name on your postbox, the card will be returned to Citizen Service at Dokk1.
Come by Citizen Service to pick it up. We will keep the yellow card up to 6 months. If we no longer have your card, you will need to pay for a new one.
My name is misspelled on my yellow health insurance card. What do I do?
It is very important that your name is correctly spelled. Call Citizen Service at +45 89 40 10 30. We will make sure that you receive a new card with a correct spelling of your name.