In Denmark the CPR number is the CPR-nummer or personnummer. CPR stands for Det Centrale Person register, which is the Danish Civil Registration System. The register contains current information about a person, including their CPR number, all addresses they have lived at, names, civil status and citizenships. A CPR number is obtained on registering with the Civil Registration System for temporary or permanent residence.
The CPR number is a personal identification number which allows for efficient communication between all Danish national registers. It is a legal requirement for all residents of the country to have one.
An individual's CPR number is made up of ten digits. The first six are the holder's date of birth and the last four are a unique identification number. The last digit refers to the holder's gender: an even number is used for women and an odd number for men.
A CPR number is needed to access a number of services in Denmark including:
The official government website for foreigners has comprehensive information on the civil registry number: Click here.
Those moving to Denmark from countries in the European Union and Switzerland, or who are Nordic citizens, need to register with the Danish Civil Registration System and get a CPR number within six months of arriving in the country. People who are citizens of countries outside of the European Union and who intend to stay in Denmark for more than three months need to register for a CPR number on arrival in the country.
Those intending to stay in the country must arrange a CPR number within five days of having proof of legal residence in Denmark, such as a residence permit. As a CPR number is needed to access so many services, such as opening a bank account, it is advisable to arrange one as soon as possible if a long stay in Denmark is planned.
To get a CPR number a person has to register with the Danish Civil Registration System in the municipality in which they live. This is done in person at Citizens' Services. Any accompanying spouse or children may also need to be present.
To get a CPR number, it is necessary to have an address in Denmark. The following documents are required:
If these documents are not in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or German, then certified translations of all the documents are necessary.
There are four International Citizen Service centres in Denmark which specifically focus on helping foreigners with information and paperwork. They are located in Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Odense.
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