How to Get an OIB – Croatian Identification Number: Guide for 2024

How to get an OIB in Croatia
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UPDATED: 15.3.2024.

If you are a resident or citizen of Croatia, you will most likely need a personal identification number called OIB. Many services are tied to an OIB and you may be asked to show it in different situations.

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How to Get an OIB (Croatian Identification Number)

What is a Croatian 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 or an NHS number in the UK. OIB can be assigned to both individuals and companies.

The OIB consists of eleven random numbers that do not correlate to your identity for security purposes. Every assigned OIB is unique and unchangeable.

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 you get a residence permit or Croatian identification card.

[Read: Available visas and residence permits for Croatia]

OIB is necessary for any financial transaction. When registering for state health insurance or opening a bank account, you’ll need your OIB along with your passport for identification.

Do I need a Croatian OIB?

You will need an OIB if you plan to:

  • Buy property in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Open a bank, phone, or utility account in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Sign up for Croatian state health insurance – view a guide here
  • Own a business and/or pay taxes in Croatia – view a business guide here
  • Register to any official records
  • Get an EU/EEA pet passport for your furry creature

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

[Read: How to legally rent out accommodation to tourists in Croatia]

Certificate of OIB

After a Tax Administration assigns you an OIB, you can also pick up a certificate called Potvrda o OIB-u. You must pick up this certificate in person at a Tax Administration. A certificate isn’t required in all scenarios and depends on why you need an OIB.

In some scenarios, you only need to provide an OIB number to a specific institution. This is excellent if you are outside Croatia because you won’t have to visit Croatia to pick up the certificate.

However, sometimes you will have to provide a Certificate of OIB. If this is your case, you will have to pick it up at Porezna uprava (Tax Administration).

How to get an OIB in Croatia

Applying for one is easy and can be done as soon as you arrive in Croatia or even before you arrive if you give power of attorney to someone to do it for you. There is no need to begin the residency application process first. All you need is your passport and a completed application. Getting OIB is free of charge.

To apply for an OIB identification number, follow the next steps.

#1 Complete the application form

Complete the application form called Zahtjev za određivanjem i dodjeljivanjem osobnog identifikacijskog broja (Application for the determination and assignment of the personal identification number) – OIB.

A copy of the application form is available in the following languages:

  • Croatian – download it here
  • English – download it here
  • German – download it here

#2 Enclose an identification document

When submitting the request you also have to present your passport and bring a copy of your passport. The copy will be submitted together with the request.

In case you do not have a passport, other acceptable identification documents include:

  • European identity card (for EU citizens)
  • Identification document from the country of citizenship with proof of the corresponding citizenship
  • Osobna iskaznica (for Croatian citizens)

If obtaining OIB for a company, you must enclose a deed of establishment instead of the identification document. This is a decision or registry extract from the competent court, written in Croatian or translated to Croatian by a certified court interpreter.

NOTE: If someone else applies on your behalf, a power of attorney must also be enclosed. It must be written in Croatian or translated to Croatian by a certified court interpreter and notarized.

[Read: How to get something notarized]

#3 Visit the Tax Administration

You can visit any of Croatia’s Tax Administration tax offices to request OIB. 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 cannot get it immediately, it will be prepared for you to pick up later 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. You’ll likely never need this document again after you get your first residence permit. Your OIB number will be printed on your residence permit and health insurance card.

[Read: How to retire in Croatia]

View other Croatian documentation posts

Porezna uprava
Dokumentacija potrebna za određivanje i dodjeljivanje OIBa

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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