How to Get an OIB Croatian Identification Number

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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 or EU identity card to accompany your application.
  3. Visit any of the Porezna Uprava 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.

UPDATE 31/3/20: During the pandemic, foreign nationals can apply for an OIB over email. You will need to send your application, identity documents, phone number and the Porezna Uprava office where you’d like to pick up your OIB to: [email protected]​. Your OIB will be read for pickup within 8 days.

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68 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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  20. Christian
    November 16, 2019 @ 9:09 am

    Dear Sara,
    My wife and I live abroad but have just bought a property in Croatia.
    My wife is Croatian and has an OIB.
    I would like to set up and administer all the utilities and services under my name, as I will be the one taking care of this including renting out the property.
    Can I obtain an OIB even though the property and therefore the address is in my wife’s name??
    Thank you so much for your valuable advice!
    Christian

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 19, 2019 @ 3:35 pm

      Hi Christian,

      Anyone can get an OIB in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • ivan
        January 10, 2020 @ 9:54 pm

        Hello.
        I am Italian citizen, do i need a passport to apply for an OIB or my italian ID card will be enough?
        Thanks for your time.

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        • Expat in Croatia
          January 14, 2020 @ 3:53 pm

          Hi Ivan,

          You can use your passport to apply for an OIB.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  21. golda
    January 11, 2020 @ 7:55 pm

    Hello from Golda,

    I was born in Zagreb and moved to Israel 16 years ago, where I live and work. I have a Croatian citizenship, but I am not a resident there. Now me and my Israeli husband would like to buy an apartment in Zagreb. I still remember my JMBG (jedinstveni maticni broj gradjana) but I don’t have OIB.I know I need OIB in order to approach the procedure of purchasing the apartment, and was wondering if I could get it via the Croatian embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel? Or I must come to Zagreb and request it personally?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 14, 2020 @ 3:52 pm

      Hi Golda,

      I’m not sure if you can get an OIB at an embassy. That being said, it takes only 5 minutes to get one in Zagreb. You don’t need to do it abroad.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  22. Bob
    January 16, 2020 @ 2:43 pm

    Hi,

    First off, I want to say that I love your amazing site! It is crammed with so much useful information… like no other similar site that I’ve seen. Keep up the great work, and please never go away!

    As for my questions… I am a naturalized citizen and have recently taken up residence in Zagreb. I live rent-free in the apartment of a friend. I have a Croatian putovnica, domovnica, and rodni list, all of which I received at the Croatian Consulate in New York. On both the domovnica and the rodni list, there is an (identical) OIB. Because of that, I assume that I do not need to apply for an OIB, but I don’t have the 2-page document that contains the OIB. If I go to the closest office, will they give me the document?

    Regarding the National ID card… can I go to the nearest MUP office with just my putovnica to apply for the card? If so, will I still need to complete the application form, or is the passport sufficient by itself? Do I need to register my residence first? I don’t have a lease for the apartment — how do I register without a lease?

    Many thanks for your patience,
    Bob

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 20, 2020 @ 1:53 pm

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for following! Glad to be of service. 🙂

      Yes, you can go to the same office where one would apply for an OIB to get a copy of your OIB document. It would be considered a replacement.

      Here are instructions on how to apply for your ID card: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-national-id-card-osobna-iskaznica/

      To register your address, your friend will need to go with you to MUP with proof they own the apartment to consent to you living there.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  23. linda
    January 16, 2020 @ 9:03 pm

    Hi Sara. Great article! We will be visiting Croatia soon to look at potential holiday apartments to rent out with a view to moving to Croatia in a few years time.
    Do we need an OIB to buy a buy to let apartment even if we are not living in Croatia yet?
    And is it possible to get an OIB if you are not living in Croatia?
    Thanks, Linda

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 20, 2020 @ 1:45 pm

      Hi Linda,

      You’ll need an OIB if you plan to make any financial transaction in Croatia, such as purchasing any property. Getting an OIB is usually your very first step before doing anything else.

      You need to get an OIB within Croatia, or you could have a lawyer get you one on your behalf. If you want a referral to an attorney, email me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  24. Jinu Jose
    February 8, 2020 @ 1:52 pm

    Hi
    I am Indian working in Croatia from last 4 months. My company is not good. So I would like to change my company myself. Is it possible or not.
    I didn’t get my Croatian id till now. I have only my OIB. How can I know my expiry of Croatian id. I can renew my Croatia ID myself or not ?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 10, 2020 @ 3:16 pm

      Hi Jinu,

      The expiration of your ID is written on your ID. If you want to change companies, you must first get a new work contract from a new company then apply for a new work permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  25. Dawn Lesley
    February 17, 2020 @ 3:51 pm

    Dobar dan

    My husband was born in Zagreb, moved to the UK over 20 years ago and is now a British Citizen. We plan to move to Croatia in the near future and buy to live, but I would like to get the ball rolling with opening a bank account for when that happens. How do I go about doing that? We visit for a month every year, so could possibly get an OIB whilst there, but can I apply here (in UK) meantime so we can open an account?
    Many thanks and look forward to your reply
    Dawn

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 19, 2020 @ 12:11 pm

      Hi Dawn,

      Applying and getting an OIB takes about 5 minutes so it’s not necessary to do it from abroad. You’d need someone with power of attorney to do it for you, so it’s just not worth it.

      To open an account, just visit a bank. They can use your foreign address if you don’t have a Croatian address yet.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  26. Russ Gangloff
    February 21, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

    OK, I’m sorry if this is a dumb question, but…looking at the OIB application form, the first thing it asks for is the Master Citizen Number (MBG). Where would I obtain this? Or do I even need to? Google searching seems to indicate that the OIB replaced this, but I’m not certain. It also asks for this number for my parents, neither of whom were Croatian.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 25, 2020 @ 11:05 am

      Hi Russ,

      You don’t need to fill out that field. 🙂

      Regards,

      Sara

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  27. Nerina Giannotti
    February 24, 2020 @ 12:33 am

    s far, all the messages I have read, are to purchase a property in Croaiti, WHAT IF YOU INHERIT A PROPERTY and decide to sell it, do I still need an OIB number. I was born in Istra, which at the time was an ITALIAN territory. My grandparents had four children and now they are all deceased, which means that my sisters and I along with my cousins inherited my grandparent’s property. We are all US citizens and i personally hold an Italian citizenship as well.

    Would you kindly advise us on what we need to do and how do we proceed? Thank you for your wonderful service.

    P.S. my youngest sister was born under the Yugoslavian regime. Is she still holding her Yugoslav,
    now Croatia, citizenship?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 25, 2020 @ 11:01 am

      Hi Nerina,

      Thanks for following!

      If you are selling a property in Croatia, yes, you will need an OIB. Selling a property with multiple owners is a complex matter. I recommend using a Croatian attorney to sort all of this out. If you email me, I can refer you to one. With regards to your sister’s Croatian citizenship, there are many more factors to consider in this situation. The lawyer can advise on this as well.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  28. Gian
    February 28, 2020 @ 1:19 pm

    Hello, I am From Peru, got married to a croatian 3 years ago, we do have marriage certificate in English and Croatian, i would like to apply for residence and work permit.
    Could you please be so kind to give any advice of where should i start first since i live in Istria, Umag.

    Thank you for your help!

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  29. Russ Gangloff
    February 29, 2020 @ 2:15 pm

    Hi, just wondering if I can get an answer to my question above.

    Thanks!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 2, 2020 @ 3:12 pm

      Hi Russ,

      Your question was answered on February 25. Check the comments on this post.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Russ Gangloff
        March 2, 2020 @ 6:17 pm

        Thanks! So strange, it wasn’t showing until today for me!

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  30. Regina
    March 31, 2020 @ 7:00 am

    Hi Sara,
    It would be greatly appreciated if you could please give some direction on how an overseas company (Australia) who would be required to pay taxes in Croatia would submit the application for OIB number.

    Just to clarify please:
    1) does the overseas applicant need to register in person or can overseas company details be legally verified including passport copy etc and submitted online or paper copy with application. or;
    2) does an overseas applicant need the services of an attorney to lodge this on their behalf with them acting as power of attorney for this purpose?
    Thanks in advance. Regina

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 31, 2020 @ 1:58 pm

      Hi Regina,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      Companies are assigned an OIB automatically as part of the opening process. You can find out about the different types of businesses and how to open them here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/types-businesses-croatia/

      Since you are abroad, yes, you would need to enlist a lawyer with power of attorney to open the company on your behalf since you cannot be here in person. If you would like a recommendation, please email me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  31. Regina
    April 1, 2020 @ 12:52 am

    Thanks for your assistance Sara. Much appreciated.

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