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Citizen Registration & CPR

CPR Number

After arriving in Denmark there are some important things you have to take care of before you can start enjoying your new life here. The most important is to register with the authorities and get your CPR number as soon as possible.

All Danes have a personal Social Security Number called a CPR-number. CPR is an abbreviation for ‘Det Centrale Personregister’, translated to: the civil registration service.

The CPR-Number is used for almost all of your dealings with Danish authorities, such as the health care system, and is the main information on the national health insurance card – ‘sygesikringkort’.

You will need a CPR number to gain access to the authorities’ self-service online system, to open a bank account, to buy a phone, get a gym membership and much more.

 

Getting a CPR number

To get a CPR number, you need to go to the International Citizen Centre in International House Copenhagen.

ihcph.kk.dk – International Citizen Service in International House Copenhagen

You need to have a place to live with a valid address, and you must have been granted a residence permit or certificate.

If you do not yet have a permanent address, ask the citizen service staff if you are allowed to use your current address, such as that of a hostel, if you plan to stay there long.

If you are in doubt during the process, ask the staff at the citizen service office to help you. They are there to provide a service, and will normally be very helpful if you ask politely for help with the forms and procedures.

You can also ask your university’s international office or your mentor, but bear in mind that they might not know all of the current rules and requirements.

Yes, we know that the ‘proof of address’ can be the biggest hurdle to overcome, so we have more information about housing here on StudyCPH:

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Rules and requirements for getting a CPR number: 

You need:

Visa: You need to apply for and receive your visa BEFORE your arrival.

Residence permit: You need to apply for and receive your residence permit BEFORE your arrival.

Then bring this to the International Citizen Service to get your CPR number:

Your passport

A completed ‘Arrival From Foreign Countries‘ form

Valid Residence Permit

Proof of address for the place you are staying in Denmark (e.g. rental contract)

You need:

First you need a Residence Certificate.

The State County Administration – ‘Statsforvaltningen’ – will issue your residence certificate.

Get the Residence certificate by bringing these things to the to the Regional State Administration office or the International Citizen Service:

Your letter of admission to your university in Denmark

Your passport

Two colour photocopies of your original passport (photo has to be visible)

A photograph that fulfils the passport photo requirements

A completed ‘Application For EU- Residence‘ form

The Citizen Service Office – ‘Borgerservice’ – will issue your CPR number. Bring these things to the International Citizen Service to get it:

Your passport

A completed ‘Arrival From Foreign Countries‘ form

Valid Residence Certification

Proof of your address in Denmark (e.g. rental contract)

If you are a Nordic citizen and moves to Denmark for more than 6 months, you must be registered in Denmark.

The Citizen Service Office – ‘Borgerservice’ – will issue your CPR number. Bring these things to the International Citizen Service to get it:

Your passport

Citizen number from the country you are moving from

Proof of your address in the country you are moving from

Proof of your address in Denmark (e.g. rental contract)