Nordic citizens who stay in Denmark for more than six months need to register with the Danish National Register.
EU/EEA citizens can reside freely in Denmark for up to three months without registering with the public authorities. If you seek employment, you can stay for up to six months.
If you expect to stay for longer than the three or six-month limit, you must apply in person to the Regional State Administration for a EU residence document (registration certificate). You may initiate the process 1-2 weeks before you start your work in Denmark.
Non EU/EEA citizens need a residence and work permit to reside and work in Denmark. Once you have a residence and work permit, you can register for your CPR number, health insurance card and tax card.
You do not need to register with the National Registry. You will not be covered by Danish health insurance and must sign private health insurance.
We strongly recommend you to either participate in the "Getting Started in Denmark"-event if you are residing in the greater Aarhus-area or to get your registrations done at the International Citizen Service (ICS). This will provide you with easy access to the public authorities and makes getting registered considerably easier compared to visiting the different authorities needed.
Accompanying partners and children must register in person in order to get their EU residence certificate (EU/EEA citizens only) and CPR number.
Each accompanying family member must fill in form OD1 – incl. accompanying children. Please remember to fill in Appendix B.1 and B.2. The form must be signed by the main applicant (guest/employee of Aarhus University).
Accompanying spouse/partners must register ALONG WITH the main applicant (guest/employee of Aarhus University).
Accompanying spouses/partners will not be able to do their registration for a CPR number immediately upon arrival. They will, however, be able to initiate the application process and will then have to wait 2-4 weeks to get their CPR number.
Accompanying family members to EU citizens can apply for an EU residence certificate. There are a number of documents to bring to get registered. The following documents must be brought in original form from home. Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorized translations):
See the full list of documents to bring under your nationality:
If you are not married you must bring documentation that you have lived together at the same address for a longer period (more than 18 months) in the form of e.g. joint rental contract, transcript from the national register of persons, letters to the same address or similar.
If you are not able to document marriage or that you have lived together, you can come based on the following conditions of residence:
We recommend all spouse/partners and children no matter nationality to participate in the Getting Started in Denmark orientation and registration event.
In order to get your CPR number, you need to register with an address in Denmark. To be eligible to register, you need to prove that you will stay in Denmark for more than 3 months and that you have a fixed place of residence for minimum 1 month from the day of registration.
Stays of a minimum of 1 month normally fulfill the conditions of a fixed place of residence, but stays of less than 1 month do not.
You need to live at the address you register with. Thus, you cannot register before you have moved to your fixed place of residence.
It is possible to register as address rental apartments, guest houses, private rooms but also camping lots, hotels and hostels. The important thing is that you will be sleeping there regularly, you must have your belongings at the address and prove that you will stay there for a minimum of 1 month.
You should also make sure that you can have your mail forwarded to the address. Your name must be on the mail box in order for you to receive mail at the address, otherwise Post Danmark cannot deliver your mail.
When you register, you need to bring both
If you bring a vehicle to Denmark and you take up residence in Denmark, the vehicle must be registered to Danish number plates within 30 days of arrival and you must pay a registration tax.
You choose your own doctor at the National Registry Office (Folkeregistret). When you fill in the forms for a health insurance certificate, you receive a list of general practitioners in your area of residence. If you belong to insurance group 1, you have to choose a permanent doctor. You are free to choose between the general practitioners who accept new patients, and these are indicated on the list. You can subsequently change doctor if you wish.
If you belong to insurance group 1, you can change your doctor by contacting the National Registry Office. The change will take effect 14 days after the authorities have received payment for issuing a new health insurance certificate.
If you are in insurance group 2, you do not choose a particular doctor, but may consult a new one whenever you please.
You must contact your general practitioner if you need medical consultation. You call the doctor and make an appointment, for either the same day or one of the following days depending on the severity of the illness. Most doctors also have phone consultations one hour a day. You also have to contact your general practitioner if you want a referral to a medical specialist, physiotherapist, psychologist or a chiropodist, or if you need a prescription for medicine.
If you are covered by the public health insurance and have chosen insurance group 1, medical consultation is free. You need to bring your yellow health insurance certificate to the consultation.
Danish doctors are normally open between 8.00 and 16.00.
If you need medical consultation outside opening hours, you should contact the emergency doctor. Their phone numbers are listed in the phone book.
Read more about choosing a doctor on the International Community website
In order to receive pay, see your payslip and receive mail from the public authorities, you need to register for E-boks, NemID and NemKonto.
In Denmark, anyone owning a television or computer capable of receiving and displaying pictures must pay a media fee. You only pay one media fee if you for example own a television, computer and radio. The fee applies for an entire household.
You are legally obligated to pay fees for your fee-payable equipment, even if you do not watch or listen to radio or TV channels from Radio Denmark (DR). You pay for owning the equipment and the fee is a statutory equipment tax.
You must register with the fees office within 14 days after acquiring the equipment. If you move within Denmark, you do not need to do anything; the fee will move with you. If you leave Denmark, you need to send in notice and cancel the fee.
If you need to have official documents translated in Denmark, you need to contact an authorised translator. Danish Authorised Translators and Interpreters (DT) offer state authorised translation services. Translators can be contacted individually under the Medlemmer (Members) page by selecting language and postal code.
Aarhus University does not have an authorised translation service.
We have made an information sheet Registering with the Danish Authorities, which is a guide to registering with the Danish authorities in Aarhus when the International Citizen Service is closed. You will find the address, telephone number, email address (where applicable) and opening hours of the offices to register with as a newly arrived staff member in Aarhus.
For citizens who do not live in Aarhus, see the individual homepages for information about location and contact information of the individual offices to register with: