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Biometric data

Biometric data in residence cards

Denmark introduced biometric data in residence cards in May 2012.
According to EU regulations residence cards issued after 20 May 2012 must be provided with an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. This way the security against forgery and misuse of residence cards is strengthened considerably.

The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards, has been made at a central level in the EU as part of the fight against terrorism, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crimes.

Biometric data must be captured at the time of submission of an application for a residence and work permit. In Oceania the capture of biometric data is done by VFS Global who has visa application centres in several locations in Australia and New Zealand.

Can I apply for a residence/work permit if one or more of my fingers are injured?
Biometric data must always be present in a biometric residence card. If the index finger is injured, a biometric residence card can still be issued. In such cases, a fingerprint will be taken of an alternative finger.

Must children also give their fingerprints?
Fingerprints are not collected from children under 6 years of age.


If you have already submitted your application online, by mail or via a third-party the capture of your biometric data incurs a fee according to The Executive Order on Payment for Services provided by the Danish Foreign Service. Click here for details about fees.

Storage of biometric data

On 1 July 2017 an amending act to the Danish Aliens Act entered into force. It introduced new rules regarding recording, registration and storage of aliens’ fingerprints and photographs in relation to identification and identity control.

According to the amending act, an alien’s fingerprints and photograph (biometric features) will be stored for a longer period in a central register in Denmark managed by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the Danish Immigration Service and the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration for the purpose of identification and identity control.

With respect to applications for residence permit to Denmark, fingerprints and photographs (biometric features) recorded from 1 July 2017 for the purpose of applying for a residence permit to Denmark will be stored for 20 years or for 10 years if the alien is granted a residence permit. The fingerprints and photographs (biometric features) will be deleted if the alien is granted Danish citizenship.

Click here for more information.

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