CPR number in Denmark 

One of the first things you should do when arriving to Denmark is to get a CPR number. CPR stands for Central Person Register. You will need this to get healthcare, open a bank account and many other authority services.

If you intend to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months (6 months for Nordic citizens) getting a CPR number is mandatory.

How to get a CPR number in Denmark

Before you can apply for a CPR number, you need a few other documents depending on where you come from – EU/EEA/Swiss citizens need to apply for an EU residence document and non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens need to apply for a Visa before arrival and residence permit upon arrival. Learn more about Visa and residence permit here.

In addition, you need a permanent address in Denmark, which is one of the reasons why you need to start looking for a place to stay as soon as possible – go here to learn more about finding student housing in Denmark

To apply for a CPR number, you must show up in person at a citizen service centre (borgerservice in Danish) or international citizen service centre. Find addresses and opening hours here. However, at some campuses (incl. Horsens), citizen services are available on campus a day or two in the beginning of the semester.

Documents you need to apply for a CPR number in Denmark:

  • EU/EEA/Swiss/Nordic citizens: EU residence document (Go here to learn how to get one LINK til side om Visa and Residence permit])
  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: Work and residence permit (Go here to learn how to get one [LINK til side om Visa and Residence permit])
  • Personal ID (e.g. passport)
  • If you are moving to Denmark from another Nordic country: your social security number from the country you are moving

If you are bringing children you also need documents for them, for example birth certificates.

Once you have applied, your yellow health insurance card should arrive within two to three weeks. Remember to make sure you have health insurance coverage until then – read more about insurance or the Danish healthcare system

Go to Lifeindenmark.dk to learn more about the CPR application process.