If you order a certificate online with MitID - 3 delivery methods
You can order your certificate for delivery in three ways if you make a digital order. Please note: the self-service is only in Danish.
Once you have logged on the self-service you will have to choose between the three kinds of delivery:
1. “Digital forsendelse” ("Digital transmission to your Digital Post" - NOT signed by hand)
If you order the certificate for digital transmission, the certificate you receive is digitally signed. This means that the certificate is signed with a digital signature of the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs and is NOT signed by hand. A digital signature is an electronic, encrypted stamp and confirms that the certificate comes from the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs as the public authority and has not been changed. Read more on how you can see this digital signature below in this article.
Digital certificates must be used digitally. This means that you cannot print it as the digital signature is not visible on the printout. Our advice is that you consider what the certificate is needed for and check whether the attended authority accepts a digital certificate.
2. “Brevforsendelse” ("Letter post")
The certificate will be sent by post to your address.
Please note: If you do not live in Denmark, it is recommended that you specify your private address for delivery. If you do not fill out this information, the parish must send the certificate to the nearest Danish Representation where you live abroad.
The certificate will be sent by post within 5 working days of your application. If you do not receive your certificate, you may contact the parish mentioned on your order confirmation.
3. “Afhentning” ("Collection in person")
You can order a certificate for collection in person at your local registrar if you live in Denmark. Remember to bring your photo ID.
Please note: You can also attend a parish to get a certificate without having ordered the certificate digitally. Remember to bring your photo ID.
How can you see the digital signature if it is sent by digital transmission to your Digital Post?
Once you have received a certificate for digital transmission in your Digital Post, you can see the signature at the top of a blue bar above the certificate when you open the certificate.
Please note: The digital signature is ONLY visible when you open the certificate in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You CANNOT see the signature when you open the certificate in a browser.
You must do the following when you receive the certificate in Digital Post:
1. Download the certificate
2. Find the certificate in your folder "Downloads"
3. Then right-click and click "Open with"
4. Choose the Adobe Acrobat Reader application
When the certificate has been retrieved and opened, the signature will appear in a blue bar above the certificate, as shown in the example below.
Please note: If you have not yet set up your Adobe Acrobat Reader application to recognize the certificate from the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs, the text "There is a problem with at least one signature" is displayed. However, it is important to point out that the signature IS valid, and the certificate is therefore also valid.
How to change the digital certificate as being 'valid'
You can yourself make sure that the function certificate of the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs is changed in your Adobe Acrobat Reader application so that all future certificates from the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs are immediately displayed as valid. Note that the change has no impact on the certificate itself and its validity.
- Click the "Signature panel" button in the right side of the top blue bar, and you will see that the certificate has been signed by the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs with the abbreviation "KM-Attest".
- Click on the small [+] to view details and to indicate trust in the certificate. Here is an example of an English version. Click on "Signature Details".
- Then on click the "Trust" tab.
- Click on the "Add to trusted Certificates" button and then click OK to trust the certificate.