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Step-by-step guide for EU/EAA and Swiss citizens

If you are an EU/EEA citizen or a Swiss citizen, you can live, work, and study in Denmark under the EU regulations on freedom of movement. You do not need a visitor's visa.

However, you must obtain various other legal documents. Learn more in the step-by-step guide below.

1step

Get a Certificate of Registration (EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens)

HOW 

The first step for EU/EEA citizens to get your legal documents in order when you move to Denmark is to apply for a Certificate of Registration.

The application for a Certificate of Registration must be submitted to The State Administration. It is a good idea to fill out the Application for EU residence document before going to The State Administration. If you have questions or are in doubt about what to write in certain fields of the application, leave them blank and ask when you submit your application.

Bring:
  • Your passport
  • A passport photo
  • Proof of address in Denmark (rental contract, letter from landlord, etc.)
  • Documentation for the reason for your stay
Note, when bringing children to Denmark further regulations may apply.

WHY

Citizens from EU and EEA countries and Switzerland intending to reside and work in Denmark must obtain a Certificate of Registration.

LEARN MORE

You can meet The State Administration and get assistance with and submit your application at the International Citizen Service on Thursdays from 13.00-17.00 and Fridays from 09.00-13.00.

The International Citizen Service is located at Åboulevarden 31, 1st floor, 8000 Aarhus C. Read more about the International Citizen Service under International Citizen Service.


The State Administrations website: www.statsforvaltning.dk. Telephone number: +45 72 56 84 56. The State Administration EU-residence is located at Lyseng Alle 1, 8270 Højbjerg. You can find more information under the heading Residence and work - EU/EEA. 

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2step

Get a CPR number and a health insurance card

HOW
The second step to getting your legal documents in order when you move to Denmark is to register with the Civil Registration System at Citizens’ Services. That is the CPR number and the health insurance card.
Go to Citizens’ Services in the municipality you live.

Bring:
  • Your certificate of registration (see step 1)
  • Some form of photo ID, e.g. your passport
Citizens’ Services will also request documents verifying your current civil status.
  • If you are married, bring your marriage certificate or a certified copy of it
  • If you have children, bring your child/children’s birth certificate(s)
  • If you are divorced, bring your divorce certificate
  • If you are a widow/widower, bring the death certificate of your husband/wife
WHY
When you move to Denmark you are required to register with the Civil Registration System. On registering with the Civil Registration System you will be issued a CPR number, which gives you access to a range of services in Denmark. You will also get a health insurance card.

LEARN MORE
You can meet representatives of Aarhus Municipality Citizens’ Services to register with the Civil Registration System at the International Citizen Service on Thursdays from 13.00-17.00 and Fridays from 9.00-13.00.

The International Citizen Service is located at Åboulevarde 31, 1st. floor, 8000 Aarhus C. Read more about the International Citizen Service under International Citizen Service. You can find Citizens’ Services in the Municipality you live. Find more information under "CPR number" in the main menu. 
3step

Get a Tax Card

HOW
The third step to getting your legal documents in order when you move to Denmark is obtaining a tax card. To do this you must get in contact with SKAT – the Danish Tax authority.
SKAT will require you to fill out the form 04.063 EN and provide a declaration or contract of employment from your employer stating your salary and terms of employment. 
SKAT will also request your CPR number, so bring your health insurance card. If you have not been issued a CPR number or received your health insurance card, bring some form of valid photo ID, e.g. your passport.
If you are eligible for tax deductions, it is up to you to report these to SKAT.

WHY
If you move to Denmark or work here, you are liable to pay tax in Denmark.

LEARN MORE
Contact SKAT to find their local service offices. Telphone number: +45 72 22 27 95.

You can also meet SKAT at International Citizen Service (ICS) on Thursdays from 13.00-17.00 and Fridays from 09.00-13.00. Note, however, that SKAT's primary function at the ICS is to issue tax cards. 

International Citizen Service is located at Åboulevarden 31, 1st. floor, 8000 Aarhus C. Read more about the International Citizen Service under International Citizen Service. Contact information Website: www.skat.dk Telephone number: +45 72 22 18 18.  

4step

Contact SKAT if you are bringing a foreign-registered vehicle to Denmark

If you bring a foreign-registered vehicle with you when you relocate to Denmark, the fourth step when getting your legal documents in order may be to register the vehicle in Denmark.

To find out which rules apply to you, contact SKAT immediately upon arrival. Telephone: + 45 72 22 27 95.

You will also find detailed information about how to register your vehicle in Denmark in SKAT’s leaflet, “Bringing a Foreign registered vehicle to DK”.

To register the car in Denmark you will need:
  • To give SKAT a vehicle inspection form and a customs inspection form issued by a vehicle inspection authority
  • To take your foreign-registration certificate with you, along with the car’s service manual, when you take your car to the inspection station
5step

Exchange your foreign driving licence to a Danish equivalent

HOW
If you have a license that is issued from another country, the sixth step in getting your legal documents in order might be to exchange your driving license to the Danish equivalent.
 
Whether you must exchange your foreign driving license and whether you must complete a driving test depends on the country, which has issued your driving licence.

WHY
Holders of licences issued in foreign countries can be divided into 4 groups:
  • Driving licences issued in an EU/EEA country
  • Driving licences issued in a non-EU/EEA country – group 1 countries
  • Driving licences issued in a non-EU/EEA country – group 2 countries
  • Driving licences issued in other countries
You can find more information about the process under "Driving license" in the main menu.

LEARN MORE
Visit the local Citizen Service to get more information about changing your foreign driving licence to a Danish equivalent. 
6Step

Designate a bank account as your NemKonto Easy account

HOW
One of the steps in getting your legal documents in order is to designate a bank account to be your NemKonto/Easy Account.

If you do not have a Danish bank account, and you would like to have one as your NemKonto/Easy Account, you have to open a Danish bank account. To open a Danish bank account you need:
  •  A CPR number (see step 2).
When you go to the bank, bring:
  • Your health insurance card to prove that you have a CPR number
  • Some form of photo ID, e.g. your passport..
  • Your employment contract or documentation for educational program if you are a student.
Inform the bank that you want to designate the account as your Easy Account.

WHY
All companies and residents over the age of 18 who are registered at an address in Denmark and have a Danish CPR number are required to designate a bank account as their NemKonto Easy account.

LEARN MORE
You can learn more about NemKonto/ Easy Account at your Danish bank. You can read more about NemKonto accounts in the main menu.     

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