If you are a resident or citizen of Croatia, you must have your personal identification number called “OIB”. You may be asked to show your OIB in different situations. Let’s find out more about this topic.
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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’ll need your OIB along with your passport for identification.
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
- You plan to register to any of the official records
It is not necessary to have an OIB to rent property, however. If you are without one for any reason when signing a rental contract, your passport number can be used as an identification number instead.
Applying for one is easy and should be done as soon as you arrive in Croatia. No need to begin the residency application process first. All you need is your passport and a completed application. There is no fee or cost for the application.
To apply for an OIB identification number, you’ll need to follow these steps:
#1 Complete the application form
First, complete the application form.
#2 Enclose an identification document
Make a copy of one of your identification documents to confirm the data stated in the application form.
Identification documents are:
- European identity card
- A passport issued in the country of citizenship
#3 Deliver the application to Tax administration
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the application can be submitted via contact web form “Pišite nam”.
On the web form, choose “Zahtjev za određivanjem i dodjeljivanjem OIB-a” (Application for the determination and assignment of the Personal Identification Number (OIB)) and fill out the form.
Attach copies, scans, or images of required documents and submit the form.
Usually, you can visit any of the Tax administration (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 it up at a later date or mailed to your official registered address.
Keep the document with your number in a safe place. If you ever lose the 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.