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How to obtain NemID, exchange foreign driving license or open a bank account? Questions are many when arriving in Denmark.

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    Frequently asked questions

    The Citizen Service Centre often answer questions related to NemID and exchanging a foreign driving license. Lifeindenmark.dk answers many questions - especially the guide New in Denmark answers many relevant questions before arriving, when arriving and when leaving. You find a link to the guide on this page.

    Exchange a foreign driving license

    Where to exchange a foreign driving license

    You exchange a foreign driving license at the Citizen Service Centre by pre-booking an appointment and bringing relevant documentation.

    Which rules apply?

    The rules regarding exchange of foreign driving licenses depend (among other things) on the country/constituent state which has originally issued the driving license.

    Visit the Danish Road Traffic Authority website to find out:

    • Whether and/or when you need to exchange your driving license
    • Which documents to bring

    Link to the Danish Road Traffic Authority

    How to exchange your driving license?

    You pre-book an appointment to visit the Citizen Service Centre. Please bring:

    • Your driving license
    • Relevant documentation (Depends on where the driving license has been issued. The application for exchange of foreign driving license can only be accepted with presentation of relevant documentation. Please visit the Danish Road Traffic Authority before your visit to see which rules apply to you.)

    The case processing time varies according to where your current driving license has been issued. Whether you need to take a controlling driving test also depends on where your current driving license has been issued.

    The Citizen Service Centre staff will provide all relevant information during your appointment.

    When in doubt of which rules apply to you, please contact the Citizen Service Centre at +45 9960 4000.

    Pre-book appointment

    NemID – for online self-service

    Request NemID

    You can obtain your NemID at the Citizen Service Centre by pre-booking an appointment and bringing relevant documents. For instant issuance of NemID, you must also bring a witness.

    Documents required

    • Photo ID (e.g. passport, residence permit with picture or EU/EAA driver’s license and ONE of the following
    • Health insurance card (the yellow card) OR
    • Your latest annual statement or preliminary income statement from SKAT

    When in doubt of which documents to bring, please contact the Citizen Service Centre at +45 9960 4000.

    See Citizen Service Centre opening hours

    Instant issuance of NemID

    You can get your NemID immediately when bringing the above-mentioned documents AND a witness to the Citizen Service Centre.

    The witness must fulfil the following requirements:

    • Is of legal age/at least 18 years old
    • Brings required documents (see above)
    • Has had a NemID for at least 30 days
    • Has been registrered as a witness for 3 or less times during the last 120 days

    The NemID can be sent to your registered home address, in case you do not bring a witness.

    Pre-book appointment

    About NemID

    NemID is a Danish common secure login on the Internet. You use NemID for:

    • doing your online banking
    • finding out information from the public authorities, or
    • engaging with one of the many businesses that use NemID.

    Read more about NemID at www.nemid.nu.

    Open a bank account and NemKonto

    You can open a bank account in Denmark when bringing relevant documentation.

    One account can be selected to be your NemKonto.

    Read more at LifeinDenmark

    Other questions?

    Please contact the Citizen Service Centre or Newcomer Service if you have unanswered questions. Answers will be shared on this page. Thank you.