A tax stamp (called “državni biljeg”) is a special paper mark, which the State uses to charge for administrative and court fees as a special kind of indirect tax. In Croatia, Ministarstvo financija (Ministry of Finance) prints and releases tax stamps and the Hrvatska Narodna Banka (Croatian National Bank) distributes them.
Tax stamps are printed on flat paper with an invisible validation. They look similar to postage stamps in appearance and size. At the center of every tax stamp is the Croatian coat of arms framed with a stylized rosetta. Below the coat of arms is the value of a tax stamp in kuna.
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Tax stamps are required for payment of government administrative fees. Administrative fees are usually charged for written, administrative actions when a document will be issued by:
- State’s administration bodies
- Bodies of local and regional units, and their administrative bodies
- Legal entities with public authority
- Diplomatic missions
- Consular offices
- Other government representative bodies abroad.
Up to 100 kuna may be charged in tax stamps. The administrative fee requiring tax stamps varies from document to document. [Read: How to prepare your foreign documents for use in Croatia]
Here are some examples of when you may need to buy and enclose tax stamps.
Tax stamps are needed when you want to get:
- Decision on admission to Croatian citizenship [Read: How to apply for Croatian citizenship]
- Decision on release from Croatian citizenship [Read: How to relinquish Croatian citizenship]
- Osobna iskaznica (an identity card) [Read: How to apply for a national ID card]
- Registracija motornih vozila (a vehicle registration) [Read: How to register a car or motor vehicle and get an annual inspection]
- Residence permits [Read: Available visas and residence permits for Croatia]
- Upis jahte (a yacht registration)
- Upis broda (a boat registration)
- Uvjerenje da se ne vodi kazneni postupak (a statement that there’s no current criminal proceedings against you) [Read: Background checks for third-country nationals]
- Prijava promjena i prestanak djelovanja udruga (a registration of changes or termination of association’s activity) [Read: How to open and close a non-profit udruga in Croatia]
- Other documents from the Republic of Croatia
From September 1, 2021, paying state administrative fees via tax stamps is abolished for 177 state documents including:
- Excerpts from registry books
- Book of births called “Matica rođenih” [Read: How to register a person in the Book of births]
- Book of marriages called “Matica vjenčanih”
- Book of deceased called “Matica umrlih”
- Transcripts of student certificates
- Excerpts from the land registers
- Real estate acquisition procedures
You may purchase tax stamps from:
- State administration bodies
- Local and regional self-government units and their bodies
- Banks [Read: Croatia’s biggest banks: Comparison of fees and services]
- Hrvatska pošta [Read: Hrvatska Pošta – Croatian postal office]
- Javni bilježnik (notary public) [Read: How to get something notarized]
- Tisak stands [Read: What is a Tisak and how it may just save your life]
- Narodne Novine shops [Read: What is Narodne novine]
- Certain bookshops
- Other individuals and legal entities who have a registered retail sale company (trgovina na malo) with authorization from the State
Tax stamps are printed in 4 amounts.
These amounts are:
- 5 kuna tax stamp – printed in yellow
- 10 kuna tax stamp – printed in gray
- 20 kuna tax stamp – printed in red
- 50 kuna tax stamp – printed in orange
Do you often use tax stamps? Where do you buy them?
View other documentation posts
- Apostille versus full legalization of government documents
- Background checks for third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA citizens)
- How to get an OIB – Croatian Identification Number
- How to get something notarized
- How to prepare your foreign documents for use in Croatia
- What is a Tisak and how it may just save your life
- Which documents you should bring with you to Croatia (if you plan to live here)
Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. We can recommend one if you contact us.