All citizens in Iceland are registered in a national registration database managed by Registers Iceland. Everyone in the database receives a individually based number, ID number, based on six digits date of birth plus four randomly allocated digits.
The Icelandic ID number is essential to live and work in Iceland. Everyone needs an ID number to get access to public health care, open a bank account, recieve a tax card, sign a rent agreement etc.
The Icelandic ID number is called "kennitala" in Icelandic.
Nordic and other EU/EEA citizens need to apply for an Icelandic ID number at Registers Iceland once they arrive in Iceland. The process can take few weeks, in order to speed up the process the Relocation Service offers to apply for an ID number for UI staff only. That process takes about a day to finish but please take into consideration the ID number does not become activated until processed at Registers Iceland. The process can take weeks to finish. Meantime no citizen rights accummulates until the ID number becomes activated.
Please note, applying for an ID number is not the same as registering a legal domicile. However, both are done at Registers Iceland and can usually be done at the same time.
In order to apply for an ID number, the Relocation Service needs the following information:
Copy of Passport
Home Country ID number - if applicable
Country of Birth
Country of Residence
Length of Stay in Iceland
Please provide them sooner than later.
EU/EEA doctoral students need to apply themselves for their ID number at the Student Registration.
Please note that doctoral students can apply for an ID number and an Ugla account/student system account simultanously at the Student Registration.
Non- EU/EEA Citizens
Non- European citizens can not undergo the same procedure as their cases go through the Directorate of Immigration and their ID number is issued simultaneously with the resident permit. The Relocation Service assists non-EU/EEA citizens in obtaining the ID number so we strongly recommend you contact us very soon upon your arrival.