Personal identification number (ID No.)
All individuals that establish permanent residence in Iceland shall be registered in the National Registry and need an identification number (kennitala) that is a ten digit long number.
The first six digits are the individual's birthday, month and year.
In a matter of speaking, the identification number is the key to the Icelandic society.
It is necessary to have been issued an identification number in order to register legal residence in Iceland, to get a tax card, open a bank account and to apply for a home telephone and internet connection.
- Information for non-EEA and EFTA citizens about how to apply for an identification number (Citizens of countries of Africa, Asia, South America, North America, Oceania and for the citizens of the European states that are neither party to the EEA nor EFTA agreement. These are Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Belarus, Macedonia, Moldavia, the Vatican, Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro and Ukraine).
An identification number and registration of a legal domicile are not the same thing and even though you have an Icelandic identification number, this does not necessarily mean that you have registered your legal domicile in Iceland
Employees of Registers Iceland give information on whether a person has a registered legal domicile in Iceland.