Gaming machines

You can obtain a licence to install and operate gaming machines in:

  • Restaurants with a liquor licence (maximum 3 gaming machines) NB: If a restaurant experiences a change of manager or restaurant manager and thus has a new liqour licence, the licence holder must submit a new application (form no. 6-01) for licence to install and run gaming machines for restaurants as well as a copy of the valid liqour licence
  • Gambling arcades (premises without a liquor licence, but where the premises are constantly manned during opening hours) 

How to obtain a licence

You can apply to the Danish Gambling Authority for a licence by using application form no. 6-01 . 

To obtain a licence you must meet a set of requirements, i.e. it is required that you are minimum 21 years old and are not indebted to the public sector. 

When you apply for a licence for a gambling arcade, the Danish Gambling Authority consults the police. You may also be contacted by the Danish Gambling Authority if we want to approve the premises. Accordingly, you may expect about five weeks for the application process.

It is a requirement that the Danish Gambling Authority has approved the manager of a gambling arcade. For approval as a manager you must use form no. 8-01.   

Checklist to 6-01

Application for licence to install and run gaming machines

Form 6-01

Application for licence to install and run gaming machines

Form 8-01

Application as manager or staff

General technical requirements

XSD - Gaming machines
  • XSD schemes for standard records, used for reporting of game data
  • Tool for validating XML files


These documents provide you with the requirements for the technical configuration.

When you have obtained a licence 

The gaming machines must be approved and sealed by an accredited institute and be connected to the control system at the Danish Gambling Authority. A list of accredited institutes is available further below. 
On the gaming premises, a set of rules for using the gaming machines must be displayed. 
You must pay a fee of DKK 641 per gaming machine per year. Read more about when you must pay a fee  under Fees on gaming machines
Furthermore, you must pay a duty to the Danish Tax Agency, which depends e.g. on the gross gaming revenue (GGR). 
Individuals under 18 are not allowed in gambling arcades and may not play on gaming machines in restaurants. 


Form 6-02

Deregistration of gambling premises

You must submit an application to the Danish Gambling Authority if you want to make changes to e.g.: 

  • The number of gaming machines (form no. 6-01)
  • The arrangement of the gambling arcade (form no. 6-01)
  • The manager of the gambling arcade (form no. 8-01)

If you want to deregister one of your premises or your operating licence, you must use form no. 6-02. 

A list of licence holders is available further below. 


Registration and payment of gambling duty.

Your company must be registered at the Danish Business Authority before you begin operating gaming machines. Use registration form no. 29.037 . 

If you have any question regarding registration or payment of gambling duty, contact the Danish Tax Agency at tel. no. +45 72 22 18 18. 

Form 29.037

Registration - gaming machines

Fees on gaming machines 

You must pay a fee of DKK 641 per gaming machine per year (in 2019). The fee must be paid by the end of January either by using the Danish Tax Agency’s TestSelv Business or by submitting a fee statement.

The Danish Tax Agency TastSelv Business 

You must pay a fee in the following situations:

  • Inspection of new gaming machines that are installed for the first time 
  • Inspection of gaming machines as a result of a modification that causes changes of the image of the gaming machine (modified to another type of gaming machine e.g. “Magic Night” to “Allan Capone”). When the gaming machine is modified, it is considered new
  • Buyer/renter must pay a fee, in connection with a business transfer or rental of gaming machines to another licencee, although seller/owner previously has paid a fee for the entire calendar year


Form 29.053


For a gaming machine that is installed and used during a calendar year, you must pay the fee by the end of the following month. 

For gaming machines that are installed or change images during a calendar year, this must be stated in form no. 20.053. 

Technical breakdown of gaming machines

Go to the form to report a technical breakdown of gaming machines.

Technical breakdown of gaming machines


Guidelines on gaming machinesAll versions of the guideline are not valid. We refer you to the valid legal guideline below.

The Danish Gambling Authority's legal guideline

The legislation on all gambling categories

Guideline to managers of gambling arcades

Managers of gambling arcades/premises in which gaming machines are installed

Guideline for managers of shops
Guideline for new licence holders

Updates to gaming machine programmes

Laws and Executive Orders

The Danish Act on Gambling - Cosolidation Act No. 1494
Af 06 Dec 2016

The Act covers all games except poker tournaments

Executive Order no. 1302 on gaming machines in gambling arcades and restaurants
Af 15 Dec 2011

About gaming machines in gambling arcades and restaurants

Executive Order no. 1562 on gaming machines in gambling arcades and restaurants
Af 11 Dec 2015

About gaming machines in gambling arcades and restaurants. Became effective 1 January 2016

Law No. 1574
Af 15 Dec 2015

Amendment of Act on Gambling, Act on gambling duties, Act on certain games in Greenland, and other laws

List of licence holders

The Danish Gambling Authority publishes a list of licence holders, which makes it easy to be up to date with the development of the market of gaming machines. 

The list includes gaming premises with a licence to operate gaming machines. 

The list can be presented in the following orders:

All four lists are updated on weekdays.

The code for the premises shows whether it is a restaurant (R) or a gambling arcade (S). 

In the lists, you can see how many gaming machines that the licence holder has a licence to operate. 

You can also get the list in an excel format, which contains data on the licencee, the premises, municipality and police districts similar to the presentations above:

List in excel format

List of accredited institutes

The Danish Gambling Authority has approved the following accredited institutes:

  • Force Technology
    Park Allé 345
    2605 Brøndby

  • Teknologisk Institut
    8000  Århus C

  • GLI Europe BV
    Satellietbaan 12
    2181 MH Hillegom

  • Quinel M Limited
    Luxe Pavilion Level 2
    Portomosa Complex
    SJ 1430 St Julians

  • Slovenian Institute af Quality and Metrology
    Trzaska Cesta 2
    SI 1000 Ljubljana

  • BMM Testlabs
    Parc Tecnológic del Vallés
    Avda. Parc Tecnológic del Vallés 3
    08290 Cerdanyola del Vallés