How to Get an OIB Croatian Identification Number

What is an OIB?

OIB stands for “osobni identifikacijski broj”. It is a personal identification number given to residents and citizens in Croatia, similar to a social security number in the United States. The OIB consists of eleven random numbers that do not correlate to your personal identity for security purposes.

When you get an OIB, you’ll be given a one-page two-part document that can serve as identification in conjunction with a photo ID like your passport, until such time that you get a national Croatian identification card. When registering for state health insurance or applying for residency, you can use this OIB document along with your passport for identification.

Do I need an OIB?

You will need an OIB if:

  • You plan to buy property in Croatia
  • You plan to open a bank, phone or utility account in Croatia
  • You plan to reside in Croatia longer than the usual tourist stay for your nationality and are applying for residency
  • You plan to own a business and/or pay taxes in Croatia

It is not necessary to have an OIB to rent property, however. If you are without an OIB for any reason when signing a rental contract, your passport number can be used as an identification number instead.

How to get an OIB in Croatia

Getting an OIB is easy and can be done as soon as you arrive in Croatia. No need to begin the visa application process first. All you need is your passport and a completed application. There is no fee or cost to get an OIB.

To apply for an OIB identification number, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. First, complete Parts 1 and 3 of the application for an OIB. Download a copy of the OIB form here in Croatian and here in English.
  2. Make a copy of your passport to accompany your application.
  3. Visit any of the Ministry of Finance (or Ministarstvo Financija in Hrvatski) tax offices in Croatia. Here is the complete list of tax offices by city including contact phone numbers and addresses.

Once you submit your application, you can get your OIB number within minutes depending on how busy the office is when you apply. If you are not able to get it immediately, it will be prepared for you to pick up at a later date or mailed to your official registered address.

Keep your OIB in a safe place. If you ever lose your OIB document, you can apply for a replacement. Most likely, you’ll never need this document again after you get your first residence permit. Your OIB number will be printed on your residence permit and your health insurance card.

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40 thoughts on “How to Get an OIB Croatian Identification Number

  1. susan
    November 19, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    I have an oib but no official document. How do I get a card? Can it be done from the US or do I have to be in Croatia

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 21, 2015 @ 11:56 am

      Hi Susan,

      You’ll need to be in Croatia as the document must be requested in person. Thanks for the question!

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  2. K. Comeau
    February 11, 2015 @ 5:10 pm

    Hi,

    I am canadian and I am planning to open a bank account in Coatia. It's possible for a tourist to do that in a couple of days ? How long it will take to get my OIB ?

    Thank you very much!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 12, 2015 @ 11:30 am

      Hi K – It only takes about 5 minutes to get an OIB. However, the bank may require some proof of Croatian address or residency for you to open an account in addition to your OIB.

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  3. Marry
    April 20, 2015 @ 9:46 pm

    Good day,

    I need the OIB number, but I cant get Croatia by myself. How to fix this problem. I dont have any trustful person, who I could give the copy of my passport ! (its huge responsibility I think).. How to fix this problem, please help.

    Marry

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 29, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

      I spoke to Marry about this issue through email. If there is anyone else with this same issue, you’ll need to engage a lawyer and give them power of attorney to get the OIB on your behalf. 

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  4. corak carole
    April 17, 2017 @ 12:41 am

    bonjour 

    mon mari est croate naturalisé français : mon beau père veut cèder sa maison en croatie à son fils mais il faut à mon mari un OIB sur document ? mon beau père a son OIB ; est-ce qu'une personne de notre famille peut aller récupérer numéro OIB de mon mari et bien sûr on lui donne documents demandés ?

    merci

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    • Sara Expat in Croatia
      May 4, 2017 @ 9:34 am

      Bonjour Corak,

      Thank you for reaching out! Your husband would need a power of attorney to get his father’s OIB.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  5. marcia raymundo
    November 29, 2017 @ 12:28 am

    hi ,
    i have a croatian passport (i m born in Brazil) and i live in Spain
    i need to register at social security department in Spain

    I have been asked for my european health card issued by Croatia

    Do you know how can I get the european health card since i m not registered at croatian social security system.
    Is it possible to make all steps online?

    tks
    Marcia

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 18, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

      Hi Marcia,

      I recommend contacting HZZO directly: http://www.hzzo.hr/kontaktirajte-nas/ Typically, insurance is tied to your employment and residency status. If you are not living here, then it’s a bit unorthodox to get a policy, which is why it’s best to speak to HZZO about your unique situation.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  6. Michael
    January 24, 2018 @ 4:34 am

    Hello all. I am Canadian and was recently in Croatia for a funeral (death in the family). Both my parents are Croatian and received citizenship years ago. I went to the Registrar’s Office (Maticni Ured) in Split and was able to get documents for each of my parents verifying where they were born in Croatia thus telling me they were in the system as Croatian citizens (document that confirms my parents info – potvrda) regarding where they were born and the fact that they were born in Croatia. Is this good enough regarding proof that my parents were born in Croatia? Will I require any other confirmation / documentation from Croatia regarding blood line? They also checked my name and nothing came up so they issued me a letter stating there is no evidence of me be a citizen of Croatia and they included my parents name on this document. My mother is still in Croatia so if any other paperwork / proof is needed, I would let her know. Also, I want to include my children on my application but they are older (daughter is 23 and son is 21) and there mother is also Canadian of Hungarian descent. Can I include my children also (I will not be including my ex wife – fyi). One last thing, unfortunately 1 year ago, I received a DUI (misdemeanor – no jail time but a fine) in Canada which therefore gives me a criminal record (only crime I have committed and yes stupid but nobody was hurt and it won’t ever happen again). Will this hinder me anyway in applying for Croatian citizenship? Many thanks in advance for any help

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 26, 2018 @ 11:09 am

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the question!

      The documents the registrar’s office should be sufficient for proof of your parent’s citizenship. However, I recommend going to the police station (or consulate in Canada) to see if they will accept it. I would think they would.

      Regarding your kids, you need to get your citizenship first. Their citizenship should be based on yours, not their grandparents. They can apply based on their grandparents, but then they would be required to take the language test. It makes more sense to take it one step at a time.

      As far as the criminal record, they will likely ask you to provide an FBI background check as that is normally required when applying for citizenship. It is ultimately up to the government whether they consider that a showstopper, but since it’s not a violent crime, my guess would be no. I would be interested in hearing follow ups on your situation as it will be helpful to others in your situation. Please keep us posted!

      Let me know if you need anything else and good luck!

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  7. Leon
    February 2, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    Hey Sara,

    The link for the complete list of offices has changed from the one listed in your article. It is now:

    http://www.porezna-uprava.hr/Adresar/Stranice/default.aspx

    Thanks for all the info.

    Leon

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    • Gentian Behrami
      July 28, 2019 @ 11:32 pm

      i am from kosovo i will come to work in croatia can i get OIB when i come to croatia immediatly

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      • Expat in Croatia
        August 7, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

        Hi Gentian,

        Yes, there are no pre-requirements for getting an OIB. Anyone can get one.

        Regards,

        Sara

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  8. Uncle john
    March 28, 2018 @ 5:47 pm

    Hello how can someone who want to relocate to croatia for family settlement.is it possible to get the OIB.the family is none european

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 29, 2018 @ 1:45 pm

      Hi Uncle John,

      Thanks for the question!

      Anyone can apply for an OIB. You’ll need to apply in person in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  9. Nick
    May 30, 2018 @ 7:58 am

    Hi Sara,
    it looks like the link to tax offices in Croatia is dead. Would you mind double checking that link? I’m trying to find the nearest office to where I’m staying (Orebic) but am having a hard time figuring it out.
    Thanks!
    Nick

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 30, 2018 @ 9:23 am

      Hi Nick,

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

      I’ll get the link sorted out for you asap. Will keep you posted.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 30, 2018 @ 12:25 pm

      Hi Nick,

      The link has been updated. You may also reference it directly here: http://www.porezna-uprava.hr/Adresar/Stranice/default.aspx

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  10. Marketa
    June 22, 2018 @ 9:38 pm

    Hi, I am from Czech Republic and my boyfriend is from Finland. We would like to move to Croatia for 9 or 12 months and them we move somewhere else again.
    We both work on-line (entrepreuners) , so we will not be applying for any jobs. We just want to rent a flat because we like the place.
    Do we need to get OIB number?

    Thank you for help!

    Sincerely Marketa

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

      Hi Marketa,

      Good question!

      Yes, you’ll need an OIB to rent a flat and to register with the police, which you will need to do. You may also be required to apply for a residence permit since you’ll be in Croatia beyond 90 days. Go to the main police station in the city where you intend to live and speak to them about what you will need to do to be compliant while living here.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  11. Frankie Simms Gilkes
    September 19, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

    Hi

    I have a company in Slovakia, and want to open a bank account in Croatia, but they told me that we have to obtain an OIB for my company and myself.
    So could you please tell me that how to get the OIB for my company(It is foreign legal entity, we didn’t register in Croatia.) and how long it will spend.

    Best Regards

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 22, 2018 @ 10:53 am

      Hi Frankie,

      Go to the same tax office for individuals and apply there. I’m not sure how long it will take to get an OIB for a company, but for individuals, it takes 5 minutes.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  12. Marica Cimenti
    September 25, 2018 @ 9:51 pm

    Hi Sara
    “Applying for Croatian Citizenship”
    I am an Australian citizen with both parents born in Croatia. Both now deceased.
    I have my mother’s Domovnica ( citizenship papers ), Mother’s birth certificate, my passport, birth certificate ( translated), marriage certificate ( translated ) and a police check.
    Is there anything else I need ?
    What is the process ? I understand I have to take a knowledge test … is this done at the time of submitting forms or do I get time to learn ??
    Thanks so much !
    Marica

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 22, 2018 @ 10:51 am

      Hi Marica,

      Direct children are not required to take the test, only grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The documents you have should be sufficient. We’ll be doing a post on how to apply for citizenship in the next month or so, so stay tuned.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  13. ella
    September 27, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    Hi Sara, wow you are so helpful !
    can you advise if I apply for OIB am I applying to be tax resident ?
    and if I buy a house in Croatia am I registered for tax automatically in Croatia ? Im an EU citizen Thank you for any help x

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 22, 2018 @ 10:47 am

      Hi Ella,

      Applying for an OIB is not the same as applying to be a tax resident. Applying for a tax card is a separate process.

      Regarding the purchase of a home, nothing is automatic in Croatia. You would need to apply for a tax card separately at the tax office.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  14. ayelen
    February 21, 2019 @ 10:56 pm

    Hi Susan! I came to your blog almost randomly.. I am born in Argentina but I had my grandfather nationality of Croatia. I made all the paper work here in Argentina so now I hold my Croatian passport. Now I am planning to travel to Croatia and maybe Stay there and work. I will move with my partner, he is not Croatian, he only holds his argentinin passport…so my question is…when I arrive to Croatia can I make immediately my ID document, but what about him? I forgot to tell you that we are married under the law here in Argentina. So I want to know how we have to proceed when we arrive and to make him a way to also work legally in Croatia or in another European country.
    Thanks a lot! hope you understand my question.
    Ayelen

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  15. Nina
    May 21, 2019 @ 9:01 pm

    Both my parents are Croatia but I was born in America. I would like to get my citizenship, what is the process for that? Would an O.I.B allot me citizenship?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 27, 2019 @ 10:08 am

      Hi Nina,

      If your parents are Croatian and hold citizenship, then you can apply for Croatian nationality. You’ll need to provide proof of their nationality. Here is a post on the process: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-citizenship-croatia/

      An OIB has nothing to do with nationality. It is just an ID number similar to a social security number.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  16. Adam
    May 28, 2019 @ 2:28 pm

    What office in Zagreb would I need to visit to get an OIB number?

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  17. Andrija
    September 14, 2019 @ 5:37 pm

    Is getting an OIB the same as getting an ID card?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 16, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

      Hi Andrija,

      No, it is not. An OIB is an ID number. To get an ID card, you must get residence and/or have citizenship.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  18. Mercie
    September 17, 2019 @ 3:02 pm

    My OIB experience was less easy; typical in some cases, actually I think. When I applied I was told I would have to come back in 3-5 days as the office “did not have time” to process an OIB. A bit of gentle persistence (i.e. no yelling, raised voices – more of a pleading of the case for the need not to wait so long, really) was necessary for them to actually go ahead and give it to me and it really did only take about 5 minutes once he handled it.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 24, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

      Hi Mercie,

      Thank you for sharing your experience! It does depend on which office you go to and the time of day. I applaud your “gentle persistence”. That really is what is needed to deal with all bureaucracy here. 🙂

      Regards,

      Sara

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  19. carol pavlov
    September 27, 2019 @ 1:13 pm

    I was born in Croatia and lived there until I was 11 years old – since then I lived in Canada – my both parents have passed away – mother came to Canada and father lived in Croatia all his life. I would like to get an OIB number but I am unable to go to Croatia in person. Can I provide a letter of consent for someone to do this on my behalf. Or how do I proceed?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 1, 2019 @ 3:53 pm

      Hi Carol,

      You can give power of attorney to someone to do it on your behalf.

      Regards,

      Sara

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