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How to apply for a Danish passport

At most Danish missions, you will need to make an appointment before handing in your passport application. Please see under “Embassy Info” in the right hand column (at embassy websites) for further information on how to book an appointment or how to contact the embassy's consular department. You will also need to bring supporting documents, pay a fee and have your old passport cancelled. Below please find further details on how to apply.
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Passports for Adults (over 18 years)

How to apply for or renew your biometric Danish passport?

You must submit the passport application in person (regardless of age) at a Danish mission or at any ‘Borgerservicecenter’ at a municipality in Denmark. 

The mission will take a digital photograph and collect two fingerprints (index fingers) as well as a digital signature. All of these will be used in your new biometric passport.

Adult passports are valid for 10 years.

Which documentation is required?

  1. One ‘Application Form’ per person - completed and signed. Please download the ‘Application Form’ here
  2. Your current or latest passport
    1. First time applications only: if you have never held a Danish passport before or if your latest passport expired more than 2 years ago: a) Original Birth Certificate – both parents’ names must appear on the Certificate, b) Original and copy of the Danish parent’s passport, c) Copy of other parent’s passport; d) Copy of parents' Marriage Certificate if you were born before 1.7.2014. Please note that some documents may need to be legalised: on the following webpage scroll down to Requirements for documents and the translation
  3. Original Certificate of Danish Nationality (Statsborgerretsbevis) if you were born outside Denmark or if you did not acquire Danish nationality by birth
  4. Original documentation of your name change if you have changed your name after the issuance of your current passport.

Please note that the Danish mission has the right to ask for further ID if necessary.

What does it cost?

The fee for an adult passport is currently DKK 995. The fee is payable upon application directly to the Danish mission and can be paid in local currency. Please see left hand column (at embassy website) on how to make the payment.

I have lost my Danish passport – what do I do?

If your current passport has been lost or stolen, please see further information under Passport Extensions and Emergency Passports.

How long does it take to process?

All passports are issued in Denmark, and it therefore takes approximately 3-5 weeks before you can pick up your new passport at the mission or at a nearby consulate.

How and where can I pick up my new passport?

When your new passport has arrived, the Danish mission or the consulate will notify you directly. After the notification, please contact the mission/consulate to schedule an appointment in order to collect the passport. Please see left hand column (at embassy website) for further information on how to book an appointment or how to contact the embassy’s Consular Department.

Please remember to bring the old passport for cancellation and kindly inform the embassy of any valid visas or residence permits in the old passport in order for them not to be cancelled.

Passports for Children (under 18 years)

 

How to apply for your child’s first Danish passport or renew the biometric passport?

Children under the age of 12 can apply for a new passport either at a Danish mission, an affiliated consulate general/consulate/vice-Consulate, or at any ‘Borgerservicecenter’ in Denmark.

You must submit your child’s application in person together with your child.

Please bring a passport photo for babies and very young children that meets the Requirements for passport photos. Fingerprints are collected from children from the age of 12 and a digital signature from the age of 5.

Passports for children aged 0-2 are valid for 2 years
Passports for children aged 2-18 are valid for 5 years

Please be advised that if your child has a Danish CPR number and is therefore, registered in the CPR Register, he/she must be registered as a Danish citizen. If he/she is registered with another nationality, you will not be able to apply for a new passport and will have to contact the National Register (Folkeregisteret) in the municipality where you last lived or where the registration/christening took place. Please note that a CPR number is not a requirement and it is still possible to apply for a passport without one.

Please see left hand column (at embassy website) for further information on how to book an appointment or how to contact the embassy’s Consular Department.

Which documentation is required?

  1. One ‘Application Form’ per child completed and signed on page 2 by a parent. Please download the ‘Application Form’ here
  2. On page 3, both parents must sign the ‘Declaration of Consent’. Please see below for further information
  3. Your child’s current passport or latest, if any
  4. First time applications only: if you have never held a Danish passport before or if your latest passport expired more than 2 years ago:
  5. - Original Birth Certificate – both parents’ names must appear on the certificate
    - Original and copy of the Danish parent’s passport
    - Copy of other parent’s passport

    Copy of parents' Marriage Certificate if the child was born before 1.7.2014
    Please note that some documents may need to be legalised: on the following webpage scroll down to Requirements for documents and the translation

  6. Original Certificate of Danish Nationality (Statsborgerretsbevis) if the child or its Danish parent/parents did not acquire Danish nationality at birth or the Danish parent was born outside Denmark
  7. Original documentation of the name change if the child has changed his/her name after issuance of the current passport.

Please note that the Danish mission has the right to ask for further ID, documents or parental consent, if necessary. If requested to provide further information or documents, you must make sure that the embassy receives this within 30 days of the date of application, as the application information will be cancelled automatically in the passport system after this period. A new application will then have to be made and the fee paid again.

How do I give consent?

According to Danish law, both parents must give their consent every time they apply for a Danish passport for their child until he/she reaches the age of 18, unless one parent has acquired sole custody/parental responsibility.

If both parents cannot be present at the Danish mission or the consulate when applying for the passport, ID documentation for the absent parent must be presented in the form of a copy of his or her current passport. The absent parent must also be willing to participate in a phone interview in order to answer control questions if the mission/consulate is in doubt of the consent.

If you have sole custody/parental responsibility, documentation to this effect must be presented together with the passport application.

If the other parent does not live in the country where you are applying from, consent may be given at any other Danish mission or affiliated consulate that is more convenient for the absent parent.

If the other parent lives in Denmark, consent may be given at any Danish municipality that is more convenient for the absent parent.

Furthermore, digital consent can be given if the absent parent has Nem-ID. Visit https://dys.um.dk/form/ and fill in the relevant consent. If you are giving consent for more than one child, the process must be completed for each child that is applying for a Danish passport.

What does it cost?

The fee for an adult passport is currently DKK 995. The fee is payable upon application directly to the Danish mission and can be paid in local currency. Please see left hand column (at embassy website) on how to make the payment for your passport locally.

My child has lost the Danish passport – what do I do?

If your child’s current passport has been lost/stolen, please see further information under Passport Extensions and Emergency Passports.

How long does it take to process?

All passports are issued in Denmark, and it therefore, takes approximately 3-5 weeks before you can pick up your new passport at the mission or at a nearby consulate.

How and where can I pick up my child’s new passport?

When your child’s new passport has arrived, the Danish mission or the consulate will notify you directly. After the notification, please contact the mission/consulate to schedule an appointment in order to collect the passport. Please see left hand column (at embassy website) for further information on how to book an appointment or how to contact the embassy’s Consular Department.

Please remember to bring the old passport for cancellation and kindly inform the Danish mission of any valid visas or residence permits in the old passport in order for them not to be cancelled.

Passport Extensions and Emergency Passports

Extension of Passport Validity

The validity period of a passport which has expired within the last 3 months or which is due to expire in the near future may be extended while your application for a new passport is being processed. The validity of a passport may only be extended once.

Please check before coming to the Danish mission whether the country you wish to travel to accepts extensions of passport validity and how many months they require the passport to be valid for from the day of entry. You can find a guide to this information on the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Danish only).

You must submit a passport application in person (regardless of age) at the Danish mission or the affiliated consulates. Please find the application form here.

The fee for extending the validity of a passport is currently DKK 995. The fee for an extension of passport issued outside the opening hours of the mission/consulate is currently DKK 2,265. The fee for an extension of passport issued on official closing days of the mission/consulate is currently DKK 3,240. The fee is payable upon application directly to the Danish mission and can be paid in local currency. Please see left hand column (on embassy website) on how to make the payment.

Emergency/provisional Passports

An Emergency Passport is a handwritten document, which can be issued with short notice and limited validity for your specific travel plans and urgent need. An emergency/provisional passport must be surrendered after use.

Please check before coming to the Danish mission whether the country you wish to travel to accepts extensions of passport validity and how many months they require the passport to be valid for from the day of entry. You can find a guide to this information on the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Danish only).

You must submit a passport application in person (regardless of age) at the Danish mission or the affiliated consulates. Please find the application form here. If you are applying for an emergency passport for your child, consent from both parents is always required for children under the age of 18. Please see further information under Passports for Children– How do I give consent?

The fee for an emergency passport is currently DKK 995. The fee for an emergency passport issued outside the opening hours of the Danish mission/consulate is currently DKK 2,265. The fee for an emergency passport issued on official closing days of the mission/consulate is currently DKK 3,240. The fee is payable upon application directly to the mission and can be paid in local currency. Please see left hand column (on embassy website) on how to make the payment.

Lost Passport

The loss of your passport must be reported to the local police straight away. The police receipt must be produced when you apply for the Emergency Passport together with 1 passport application form and 1 passport photo (please click here for information about passport photo requirements), and as much ID as possible.

All Danish nationals who are reporting a lost passport must complete a declaration at the Danish mission or affiliated consulate stating the circumstances under which the passport was lost.

Passport FAQ

Where can I apply for a Danish passport?
Click here to find the list of countries. By clicking on a specific country, you will find information and contact details for the relevant Danish mission.

How do I renew my Danish passport?

Please find further information and the application form under Passports for Adults

How do I apply for my child’s (first) passport?

Please find further information and application form under Passports for Children

Do I need to bring a photo?

If you are applying for renewal of a passport and/or are more than 12 years old, you do not need to bring a photo. A photo will be taken digitally at the Danish mission as part of the biometric passport.

If you are applying for an emergency passport or you are younger than 12 years old, you can bring your own photo.

For babies and very young children, please bring a passport photo that meets the Requirements for passport photos.

I have changed my name, how do I apply for a passport in my new name?

Please note that Danish passports are issued in the name that is registered in the Danish CPR register. Therefore, you will not be able to apply for a new passport with the changed name until your name is registered correctly in the CPR register.

Step 1 – Contact the National Register (Folkeregisteret) in the municipality where you last lived in Denmark or where the registration of your details in the CPR register took place. If in doubt about how you are registered, please contact the National Register (Folkeregisteret) here or login to www.borger.dk if you have a Danish Nem-ID.

Step 2 – Apply for the new passport in your new name

If you have changed your name or parts of your name, you will need to present documentation for the name change in connection with your passport application.

Why does a passport for a child cost the same as for an adult?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (in Copenhagen) determines the passport fees applicable at Danish embassies and affiliated consulates abroad. The passport fee is the same for all passport categories regardless of the age of the applicant. The fee is revised once a year.

Do both parents need to be present to apply for a passport for a child?

Both parents must fill in and sign the consent section on page 3 of the application form.

If both parents cannot be present at the Danish mission or the affiliated consulate when applying for the passport, ID documentation for the absent parent must be presented in the form of a copy of his or her current passport. The absent parent must also be willing to participate in a phone interview in order to answer control questions if the mission/consulate is in doubt about the consent.

If the other parent does not live in the country where you are applying from, consent may be given at any other Danish mission or affiliated consulate that is more convenient for the absent parent.

If the other parent lives in Denmark, consent may be given at any Danish municipality that is more convenient for the absent parent.

Furthermore, digital consent can be given if the absent parent has Nem-ID. Visit https://dys.um.dk/form/ and fill in the relevant consent. If you are giving consent for more than one child, the process must be completed for each child that is applying for a Danish passport.

If you have sole custody/parental responsibility, documentation to this effect must be presented together with the passport application.

Can I keep my or my child's existing passport until the new one is ready?

You can keep the existing passport until the new one is ready. If you choose to keep the passport you must hand it in or send it to the Danish mission or the affiliated consulate before the new passport can be collected or sent to you. Please find further information under Passports for Adults or Passports for Children.

Can my child have dual nationality and two passports at the same time?

Children born before 1 September 2015: Denmark accepts dual nationality if both nationalities were acquired automatically at birth. It is possible to hold passports for both nationalities at the same time.

Children born after 1 September 2015: due to the law on dual/multiple nationality, which came into force on 1 September 2015, Danish nationals will no longer lose their Danish nationality if they apply for further nationalities.

I was born outside Denmark and I am now approaching my 21st birthday. Can I still renew my existing passport?

Yes, but your passport will only be valid until your 22nd birthday as you must first apply to retain your Danish nationality beyond the age of 22. This is also known as the “22-year rule” – for further information see the rules below.

Once you have received your Certificate of Danish Nationality from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration in Denmark you can apply for a full 10-year passport.

Please note that applications for retention of Danish nationality can take up to 12 months to process.

What is the “22-year-rule”?

Danish nationals born outside Denmark may lose their Danish nationality on reaching the age of 22 unless they apply between the age of 21 and 22 to retain it. Please see the information on the website of the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration. The application form can be downloaded here.

Retention of Danish nationality may be granted in the following cases – (please note that the rules and regulations regarding Danish nationality are quite complex and may differ on an individual basis):

You are born abroad - under 22 years of age and you have lived in Denmark either through continuous and registered stay for more than 3 months or through an aggregate period of not less than one year. Residence in Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden for an aggregate period of not less than 7 years is equated with residence in Denmark.

You are born abroad – over 22 years of age and you have lived in Denmark before you turned 22. According to the practice of the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, “Stay under circumstances indicating some close association with Denmark” will be considered to exist where the applicant before reaching the age of 22 has stayed in Denmark for an aggregate period of not less than one year.

Your application for retention of Danish nationality should be sent directly to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration using their postal address. The application fee is DKK 1,200. Further information on how to pay can be found on the website of the Danish Ministry for Integration (Danish only). The current processing time is approx. 10-12 months.

For further information please contact the Nationality Office at the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration, Slotsholmsgade 10, DK-1216 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Tel: +45 72 26 87 00 - Email: uim@uim.dk 

You may also submit your application through the Danish mission or an affiliated consulate, but currently a handling fee of DKK 200 will apply (in addition to the application fee paid direct to the Ministry). The fee is payable upon application directly to the Danish mission or consulate and can be paid in local currency. Please see under Embassy Info (on embassy website) how to make the payment.

Please note that if you did not apply to retain your Danish nationality before the age of 22, but would have fulfilled the conditions (any periods of stay in Denmark after 22 will not count), had you done so, it is still possible to apply.

If you have lost your Danish nationality because you did not fulfil the conditions of the 22-year rule you will only be able to regain Danish nationality through Naturalisation.

I have lost my Certificate of Danish Nationality. Can I get a copy?

If you have obtained Danish nationality by naturalisation/declaration or applied to retain your Danish nationality after the age of 22 and have lost your Certificate of Danish Nationality (Indfødsretsbevis), you will not be able to obtain a copy of the original certificate. Instead you can apply for confirmation that a Certificate of Danish Nationality was previously issued to you (Bevisbekræftelse). You can find the application form here.

What happens to my visas/residence permits that are still valid in my old passport?

When you bring your old passport for cancellation, kindly inform the Danish mission or affiliated consulate of any valid visas or residence permits in the old passport in order for them not to be cancelled. A cross reference to the old passport may also be made in your new passport.

My passport has expired and I have to travel now. What can I do?

You current passport may be extended or you can get an emergency passport but certain conditions apply. Please see under Passport Extension and Emergency Passports for further information.

Can I renew my passport in Denmark even though I live abroad?

Yes, it is possible to apply for renewal of your Danish passport at any ‘Borgerservicecenter’ at a municipality while in Denmark. Please visit www.borger.dk to find the relevant municipality. In order to be able to receive your new passport while still in Denmark please apply as soon as possible after your arrival. It is also possible to collect your new passport at a Danish mission or an affiliated consulate. Please consult with the municipality regarding this possibility.

Remember to inform the municipality of any valid visas or residence permits in the old passport in order for them not to be cancelled.

Can I collect my new passport in Denmark?

Yes, it is possible to collect your new passport at a ‘Borgerservicecenter’ while in Denmark. Please visit www.borger.dk to find the relevant municipality. Please inform the Danish mission or the municipality where you wish to pick up the passport and they will arrange for the passport to be sent there directly.

Remember to inform the municipality of any valid visas or residence permits in the old passport in order for them not to be cancelled.

Why must I travel to the Danish mission for renewal of my Danish passport?

Due to the requirement of biometric data in the passport and the special equipment as well as access to registers in Denmark in order to obtain and protect data, Danish passports can only be renewed or applied for at the Danish mission.

In countries with large distances or where there is no Danish mission, it may sometimes be possible to apply at an affiliated consulate. Please see under Embassy Info (on embassy website) for further information on where to apply or how to contact the Danish mission’s Consular Department.

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