A CPR number is probably the most important document you will own when it comes to living your life in Denmark. Everyone has one and you can not live in Denmark without it.
Now a CPR card (Civil Personal Registration / centrale person registernummer) is also referred to as a sygesikringskort or sundhedskort, which loosely translated is a medical card or health card. These cards are very important in the medical and health fields. You must have it when visiting a doctor, hospital, pharmacy for meds, etc..
Once you have permission to reside in Denmark, you will need to get your CPR number, which enrolls you in the National Register of Persons. You have five days from when you arrive to get registered. It should be one of your first stops. You will receive a yellow card that has a unique number assigned to you. (see photo below).
This card will be your unique identification card. It takes about one to four weeks to be mailed to you once you have registered. This is another good reason to register quickly, since you cannot work until you get your number.
The first part of the number is your birthdate and the last 4 numbers make up your personal identification number. If your number is, for example, 120671-7661, it would mean that you are a male person born on June 12, 1971 and 7661 would be your unique number.
The final 4 digits are your personal number and also discloses your sex: numbers ending in an even number indicate that the card holder is female and numbers ending in an odd number indicate that the card holder is male.
This card is unique to you, and no other person will have your number. The card is used to identify you for medical care, government services, opening bank accounts, paying your salary, buying a house, insurance, registering for utilities and much, much more.
Your number will never change, but you will have to exchange it if you move to a different kommune or more than 15 miles away from your present location. Also if you leave Denmark, you need to notify the kommune that you resided in.
You must have the card if you plan to work and live in Denmark.
Above is a sample card. This card will have information unique only to you.
Now you know what all that information on your card means and why it so important to have one.
You will need to go to the CPR / National Registar Office (Folkeregistar) and bring the following documents with you. Remember you must have a residency permit before you can get your card.
Bring along these documents:
It is always best to take along as much information as you have that will prove who you are, where you came from, your financial status, etc. The lines are usually long and having to return to the office because you needed another document is frustrating. If in doubt, bring it along. It’s better to have too much information at hand than too little.
Learn more about getting off on the right foot as an expat in Denmark.
The National Registers Office (Folkeregistret) is located at Dahlerupsgade 6, 1603 København V; Tlf: 70 80 70 10
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