Swedish personal identity number
The personal identity number is obtained when a person is entered in the Swedish population register by the Swedish Tax Agency. It is widely used for everyday purposes in Swedish society such as setting up memberships and subscriptions, establishing a banking relationship with a Swedish bank etc.
What is it and what is it used for?
The personal identity number is a 4-digit number following your date of birth in the format: YYMMDD-XXXX.
It is obtained when you are registered in the Swedish population register. It is widely used for everyday purposes in Swedish society such as setting up memberships and subscriptions, establishing a banking relationship with a Swedish bank, joining an insurance plan and will entitle you to the same patient fees as Swedish citizens for most public health care. You need to have a personal identity number to apply for a Swedish ID-card at the Tax Agency.
Who can apply?
International students who have a residence permit for at least 12 months or are admitted to studies for 13 months or more, can apply for a Swedish personal identity number from the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket. You need a registration certificate in order to prove that you are enrolled as a student in Sweden. Consequently, you can not apply before you have registered as a student at KTH at the beginning of the semester (end of August).
Students admitted to one or two semesters (= less than 12 months permission on your decision/residence permit) cannot apply for a personal identity number.
How to apply
If you are eligble to apply for a personal identity number we recommend you visit the Swedish Tax Agency website. ,
After obtaining your personal identity number
When you have obtained your personal identity number please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure your temporary registration number is updated in the KTH database of student records (Ladok).
- Your name
- Current temporary student registration number listed in Ladok (see above)
- Your new 10-digit Swedish personal identity number
- Your study programme
Report any changes
If you have obtained a Swedish personal identity number it is your legal duty to report any changes to the Swedish Tax Agency. Changes such as moving to a new address (within Sweden) needs to be notified within a week. Registering your new address is free of charge, and can easily be done on the website using the Tax Agency's e-services.
It is also your legal duty to inform the Swedish Tax Agency when leaving Sweden/moving abroad again, in order to be de-registered from the population register. This is called civil de-registration. To do this, download the form Notification Moving abroad SKV 7665 from the Swedish Tax Agency’s webpage.