How to get CVR number in Denmark
To be able to run a business in Denmark, you need a CVR number. In this article, we explain how you can get a CVR number, and how you can easily, quickly and cheaply start your own business with Legal Desk.
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A CVR number is a number that all companies in Denmark must have in order to be identified. It is used, among other things, to create a bank account for business purposes and to set up insurance for your business. Your CVR number can also be used as a VAT number if your business is VAT registered. If you are VAT registered, you can get a refund for any VAT expenses from purchases, but you must also add VAT each time you sell something. You can read more about this in our article about VAT (article is in Danish).
If you want a CVR number, you must establish a company, which then must be registered with the Danish Business Authority at Virk.dk.
Before registering your business with the Danish Commerce Agency, you need to decide what kind of company you wish to establish. If you are a Danish citizen, you can either form a sole proprietorship or a capital company. However, if you are a foreign citizen, then you can only form a capital company. A capital company can either be a limited liability company ("ApS") or a limited company ("A/S"). Regardless of which type of capital company you wish to establish, you can easily do it with Legal Desk – it is quick and a lot cheaper than using a traditional lawyer.
The so-called entrepreneurial company (“IVS”) was abolished as a company form on April 9th, 2019 by the Danish government. You can read more about the different company types here (article is in Danish).
The length of time it takes to complete the CVR registration depends on the type of business being registered. If it is a sole proprietorship, the CVR registration can take between one and two weeks before it is finalized at the Danish Commerce Agency. If it is a capital company, you will generally receive your CVR number within 24 hours of submitting the registration. However, these estimated processing times depend on the registration being filled out correctly and hence not rejected. Legal Desk offers to do all registration for you, so you don't have to worry about anything.
With Legal Desk you can easily start your own business online. Simply fill out our web form, where you can choose what type of business, you want to establish and pay. Immediately after paying you will receive your documents, ready for being signed and dated.
If you want to start a sole proprietorship with Legal Desk (only available to Danish citizens), we can handle the entire process for you, including the registration of the company with the Danish Business Agency. This means that we register your company within 24 hours, and register it for VAT, import, export etc., depending on your choices. Once the Danish Business Authority has processed your case, you will usually receive your CVR number within 7 days of sending the registration.
If you decide to start a capital company, limited liability company ("ApS") or a limited company ("A/S"), it requires some more documents, namely founding documents and statutes. You can create all the required documents with Legal Desk. Once you have received and signed the documents, we will register your company with the Danish Commerce Agency. When the registration has been confirmed, you will receive your CVR number, and your company will now be valid.
Please note that the Danish Business Agency always requires a registration fee.