Civil registration number (CPR)

A Danish CPR number is used when dealing with public authorities, health authorities, libraries, banks, etc. By many it is called your key to living in Denmark!

After having applied for a CPR-number you will receive a yellow health insurance certificate (gule sygesikringsbevis) to document that you are entitled to health insurance services. The certificate shows your name, address and CPR number. You should always bring the certificate when you need treatment. It takes approximately one to four weeks before you receive your yellow health insurance certificate in the mail.

You will also be assigned a general practitioner (GP/doctor) when you apply for the CPR-number.
If you lose your certificate or if it is damaged, you need to pay a fee to get a new one issued.

You need to register to receive a Danish CPR number. Read more about how to register

Deregister the Civil Registration Number

When you move back to your home country, you must deregister from the Central Registration System (CPR) before you leave Denmark. 


Contacts and further information

If you have any questions about CPR number contact Citizens’ Services in the municipality where you live. You can find the address and phone number of your Municipality Citizens’ Services on

If you live nearby Aarhus, Aalborg, Odense or Copenhagen you can meet service assistants from Citizens’ Services and get assistance acquiring a CPR number at International Citizen Service.