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How do I get a birth, name or baptism certificate?

A Danish birth certificate is given automatically when a child is born in Denmark. You can order certificates at

Following a birth, the midwife fills in the forms to register the birth and sends them to the Register of the State Church, which then issues a birth certificate.

These forms have to be handed in at the local State Church office (even if the family are affiliated to another religion or do not attend church) in the parish of residence.

Naming your child

Parents have up to 6 months after the birth to choose the first name and surname of their child born in Denmark. The name must be permitted in Denmark under the Danish Act on Names (The website is in Danish).

Parents who are or have been foreign nationals are allowed to give their child a surname that is not approved in Denmark, as long as the name is approved in the parents' home country.

How do I get a name certificate?

The application for naming your child is available online at  and only available in Danish (click the “Start” button next to “Ansøg on navngivning med NemID”). You need a NemID to apply. See how you get a NemID here.

You can ask for assistance in filling out the form at Borgerservice.

Ordering certificates

You can order a new name certificate, birth certificate or baptism certificate digitally at This service is free of charge.

Please note that the self-service is in Danish. In order to use this self service you need a NemID. Read about NemID here.

Alternatively, you can obtain a new certificate at your local church office. (This document is in Danish).


In order to get a baptism certificate you need an address in Copenhagen.

If you need help

If you do not have a NemID or due to other reasons are unable to use the online self-service, you can get help at a Citizen Service Center (Borgerservice).

Make an appointment by following these steps:

  1. Go to Make an appointment (in Danish)
  2. Click on "Andre spørgsmål"
  3. Click "Næste"
  4. Check "Jeg accepterer privatlivspolitikken" and click "Næste"
  5. Choose a date, your nearest Citizen Service Center and a time
  6. Enter mobile number and email address