Non-Danish workers must apply for a tax card and possibly a personal tax number (CPR number).

You need a tax card when you work in Denmark. If you do not have a tax card, you pay 55% tax of your salary.

A digital tax card

A tax card is a digital card that tells your employer how much tax you should pay. We make it and send it to your employer.

A personal tax number is your personal ID number

All Danish authorities, employers, banks and doctors use your personal tax number (CPR number) to identify you. We generate the number and send it to your employer who will then give it to you.

Your personal tax number (CPR number) consists of 10 digits. The first 6 digits are your birthday (day, month, year) and the last 4 digits are random. Example 010185-1234.

Your deadline

  • If you do not have a personal tax number: Wait to apply for at tax card and a personal tax number until 21 working days before you begin your job.
  • If you have a personal tax number: Wait to apply for a tax card until 60 days before you begin your job.

What you need to do as a non-Danish (international) worker

You need a copy of these documents:

  • A signed employment contract
  • Your passport or national ID card (both front and back of the card). A national ID card should be issued by a public authority stating your name, date and place of birth, gender, citizenship and expiry date.
  • If you live in Sweden please attach a copy of either 1) your passport or 2) your national ID card and your civil registration certificate
  • Your residence and work permits if you are a citizen in a country outside the EU/EEA.
  • Your marriage certificate if you are married ("familjebevis" if you live in Sweden).

What you need to do if you are from Ukraine

You need a copy of these documents:

  • A signed employment contract
  • Your residence permit OR a receipt from the Danish Immigration Services (Udlændingestyrelsen) that you have 1) applied for a residence permit and 2) had your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) taken for your residence permit
  • Passport or national ID card with photo, if you do not have a residence permit yet
  • Your marriage certificate if you are married.

Read our guide about being from Ukraine and getting a job in Denmark

Apply for tax card and possibly also a personal tax number

Please see our legal guide (in Danish) for further legal information.