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EU/EEA citizens

Where to register

Join Getting Stared in Denmark or go to the ICS to get registered at once

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.

In Aarhus, Copenhagen, Odense and Aalborgh you can register at International Citizen Service.

Read more about Getting Started in Denmark

Read more about the International Citizen Service

What to bring to get registered at the International Citizen Service

Please bring (in hard copy):

Documents for EU residence document

  • Application for EU residence document - Form OD1. Each family member must fill in form OD1 – incl. accompanying children.
  • Work contract or Declaration by the Employer (Appendix A in form OD1). Please note that the contract/invitation letter or Declaration by the Employer cannot be more than 30 days old = it must be signed and dated maximum 30 days before the event.
  • Sufficient funding (if not employed in Denmark): you need to enclose documentation of sufficient funds, e.g. transcript from your bank account, employment contract from home, scholarship or other means. The transcript must indicate the amount, the currency, your name and must not be older than 2 weeks when you apply. The documentation must be in English, German or a Scandinavian language
  • Original passport/ID card with photo + two copies
  • One passport size photo

Documents for CPR-number

  • EU residence document (you apply for this at the ICS, see above)
  • A completed arrival form for new citizens in Denmark
  • Original passport/ID card or other proof of your Nordic personal registration number + a copy
  • Proof of your current address in Denmark (e.g. rental contract, letter from landlord) + a copy 
    You need to document that you have housing from the day you register and minimum one month ahead.
  • Marriage certificate (if you are married) - one copy 
    Please remember to bring your marriage certificate, even if your partner is not accompanying you. Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorized translations). Please note that marriage certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified.
  • If applicable: divorce certificate/death certificate (widow(er)) + a copy 
    Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorized translations). Please note that certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified.
  • If applicable, documentation for changes of name + 2 copies 
    Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorized translations). Please note that certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified. 

Documents for TAX / SKAT

If you are going to be on the researcher’s tax scheme, you do not need to register with the tax authorities or bring any documents for tax. However, we still recommend you to bring your work contract, which you need in order to open a bank account. 

If you are not going to be on the researcher's tax scheme, you need to bring:  

  • Work contract + a copy
  • Tax form 04.063 to apply for a tax card if you will receive salary/payments from Denmark.   
    • Fill out the online form if you are employed in Denmark. Bring confirmation of submitted online form
    • Fill out the paper form if you are not employed but on a scholarship or receive different means of funding

To open a bank account

After you have registered you will be able to open a bank account. Read more about what to bring to open an account

If you are accompanied by spouse/partner or children (under 18 years)

Read important information about what to bring if you are accompanied by spouse/partner or children

Registration step by step

Step 1: Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)

Once you arrive in Denmark, you need to apply for a residence certificate with the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). You may initiate the process 1-2 weeks before you start your work in Denmark. Processing your application generally takes one to two weeks unless you register during our Getting Started in Denmark event or at the International Citizen Service. In such cases the application will be processed immediately.

For the address and opening hours of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), see the New to Denmark website

Step 2: Citizen Service

As EU/EEA/Swiss citizen you can be registered with Citizens’ Service if you stay in Denmark for more than three months. We strongly encourage you to do so.

However, you are only required to register if you are planning on staying in Denmark for longer than six months. If you choose not to register, we strongly encourage you to hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC or “Blue Card”) from your home country.

You can register at either the local Citizen Service (Borgerservice) in your municipality or the International Citizen Service.

In conjunction with being registered with the national register, you also need to choose a GP/family doctor, after which you are covered by Danish public health insurance.

Once you are registered in the national register, you are issued with a Danish civil registration number (CPR no.). About 14 days after you have been registered, you will receive a yellow health insurance card by post, which carries your Danish social security number.

Notice! In order to receive your yellow card it is important that your name is on your mailbox. If you don't recieve your certificat within due time it might be because your name isn't on your mailbox. Otherwise, call your local Citizens Service (Borgerservice).

Step 3: Tax registration

Once you have received your Danish civil registration (CPR) number, you should register at your local tax authority (SKAT) or International Citizen Service. They will issue an electronic tax card, which AU needs in order to calculate your taxes.

If you do not have an electronic tax card, your employer must withhold 55 per cent of your salary. Your tax card will be sent directly to your employer.

If you are on the Researcher Taxation Scheme (paying a gross income tax of 26 %) you should not register with SKAT since AU will take care of that. Learn more about the Researcher Taxation Scheme.

Guide on how to register with the Danish Authorities in Aarhus

We have made an information sheet 'Registering with the Danish Authorities', which is a guide to registration with the Danish authorities in Aarhus when the International Citizen Service is closed. You will find the address, telephone number, e-mail address (where applicable) and opening hours of the offices to register with as a newly arrived staff member in Aarhus. 

See Registering with the Danish Authorities (pdf)

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