Online casino

Online casino includes roulette, black jack, baccarat, punto banco, poker, online bingo, and gambling on gaming machines as well as other games, which have an element of both skill and chance. These games are called combination games. Backgammon, whist and guessing competitions are examples of combination games.

The Gambling Act only covers online casino games if the following the conditions are met:

  • Participants pay a stake (money or similar)
  • The game is roulette, black jack, baccarat, punto banco, poker, online bingo and gambling on gaming machines or a combination game
  • Participants through the payment have a chance of winning a prize (all kinds of prizes)

Lotteries are games that are 100 % random, for instance lotto and scratch cards. These games are not covered by the term online casino. 
Online casino games (including combination games) may only be provided with a licence to provide online casino issued by the Danish Gambling Authority.

How to obtain a licence

You can apply for a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority. A licence to provide online casino is valid for up to 5 years. You must use application forms no. 2-01, Annex A (no. 2-02), Annex B (no. 2-03) and, if necessary, Annex C (no. 2-04). 

The application fee is DKK 279.500 (in 2019) and must be paid upon submission of your application at the latest. If you are applying for a combined licence to provide both betting and online casino you must pay a total application fee of DKK 391.300.

The English versions of the guidelines are unofficial translations. In case of any discrepancy between the original Danish text and the English translations of the guidelines, the Danish text shall prevail.

Guideline to 2-01

Application form 

Guideline to 2-02

Annex A - personal declaration

Guideline to 2-04

Annex C - representative approval

Form 2-01

Application for licence to provide betting and/or online casino

Form 2-02

Personal declaration Annex A

Form 2-03

Information about gambling supply Annex B

Form 2-04

Declaration from representative if the representative is a company, Annex C

General technical requirements

To obtain a licence to provide online gambling in Denmark, it is required that the gambling operator gives the Danish Gambling Authority access to a data warehouse (SAFE), to which the gambling operator continuously transfers and saves gambling data by use of the security system Tamper Token. 

Moreover, it is required that the gambling operator controls the presence of any player in ROFUS (the register of self-excluded persons).

These documents provide you with an overview of the requirements for the technical configuration.

ROFUS
  • XSD schemes for ROFUS service calls at registration and login.
  • Example of the service call GamblerCheck in java- and .net versions.
  • XSD schemes for ROFUS service call regarding ”No thank you to gambling commercials”.
Technical requirements - online casino and betting

Description of the Danish Gambling Authority’s requirements regarding SAFE, TamperToken, ROFUS and notification obligations

TamperToken
  • XSD schemes for TamperToken service calls.
  • Example of zip file with fixed odds transactions in XML format.
Guidance on reporting of games

Detailed description of requirements regarding reporting of game data e.g. reporting frequency, data content and error handling etc.

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

Certification programme

 

Certificate program documents

The Danish Gambling Authority’s certification programme is set out to ensure that the gambling system and gambling equipment executes games in a correct way and that the security surrounding the gambling system is maintained. The Danish Gambling Authority’s certification programme supplements the gambling regulation, individual licence terms and the administrative practice set out by the Danish Gambling Authority.

The licence holder must be certified at all times in accordance with those parts of the certification programme which apply to their specific offer of gambling products.

For each type of game there is a set of testing standards and a set of inspection standards, which apply for the game type in question. Furthermore, five documents apply across all types, except for land-based casino where it is only the general requirements and test- and inspection standards which apply. Each document sets out minimum requirements for the arrangement of the gambling system, business processes, and business systems of the licence holder.

AllOnline casinosBettingLand-based bettingLand-based casinosLottery - monopolies
All files
All documents for online casino
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Online casinos
Testing standards for online casino
SCP.01.03.EN.1.1
Only for Online casinos
Inspection standards for online casino
SCP.02.03.EN.1.1
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for online betting
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Betting
Testing standards for online betting
SCP.01.01.EN.1.2
Only for Betting
Inspection standards for online betting
SCP.02.01.EN.1.2
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for land-based betting
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Land-based betting
Testing standards for land-based betting
SCP.01.02.EN.1.2
Only for Land-based betting
Inspection standards for land-based betting
SCP.02.02.EN.1.2
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

For landbaseret kasino er det udelukkende de generelle krav samt test- og inspektionsstandarder der er gældende. Spillemyndigheden foreslår dog at dokumentet "Program for styring af systemændringer", kan anvendes og lægges til grund for fornyelse af certificeringer, men det er ikke et krav.
All files
All documents for land-based casino
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Land-based casinos
Testing standards for land-based casino
SCP.01.05.EN.1.0
Only for Land-based casinos
Inspection standards for land-based casino
SCP.02.05.EN.1.0
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for lotteries
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Lottery - monopolies
Testing standards for lotteries
SCP.01.06.EN.1.1
Only for Lottery - monopolies
Inspection standards for lotteries
SCP.02.06.EN.1.1
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for land-based betting
All files
All documents for land-based casino
All files
All documents for lotteries
All files
All documents for online casino
All files
All documents for online betting
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Lottery - monopolies
Testing standards for lotteries
SCP.01.06.EN.1.1
Only for Land-based casinos
Testing standards for land-based casino
SCP.01.05.EN.1.0
Only for Betting
Testing standards for online betting
SCP.01.01.EN.1.2
Only for Online casinos
Testing standards for online casino
SCP.01.03.EN.1.1
Only for Land-based betting
Testing standards for land-based betting
SCP.01.02.EN.1.2
Only for Land-based betting
Inspection standards for land-based betting
SCP.02.02.EN.1.2
Only for Lottery - monopolies
Inspection standards for lotteries
SCP.02.06.EN.1.1
Only for Land-based casinos
Inspection standards for land-based casino
SCP.02.05.EN.1.0
Only for Betting
Inspection standards for online betting
SCP.02.01.EN.1.2
Only for Online casinos
Inspection standards for online casino
SCP.02.03.EN.1.1
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

Standard reports for 03 online casino

For every document there is a standard report with the document code: SCP.XX.XX.EN you must use when reporting to the Danish Gambling Authority on certification. The document code for standard reports use the same system as the documents of the certification programme. 

When you have obtained a licence

Payment of fees

Form 2-06

Application for renewal of licence to provide betting and/or online casino

If you have a licence to provide online casino you must pay a fee depending on the gross gaming revenue for the calendar year. The fee must be paid to the Danish Gambling Authority. To renew your licence, you must use form no. 2-06.

Overview of fees on betting and online casino

 

Changes to the licence

Form 2-07

Modifications of the licence to provide betting and/or online casino

 

If there are changes to the licence, e.g. new members of the management or board, a new representative or one of the responsible professionals, the Danish Gambling Authority must be notified. You must use form no. 2-07.

Registration and payment of gambling duty

Form 29.063

Registration - Gambling duty - except duty on gaming machines

 

Gambling operators must register with the Danish Business Authority by using the registration form no. 29.063, which is available on the Danish Tax Agency’s website. If you have any questions regarding the registration or payment of gambling duty please contact the Danish Tax Agency at tel. no. +45 72 22 18 18. You will find a guidance on how to register with the Danish Business Authority under Guidelines

Report about supply of gambling

Form 2-05 - Report about supply of gambling

Information about licence holder and approved company

No later than 14 months after a licence for online casino has been put to use, the licencee must submit a report on the supply of gambling to the Danish Gambling Authority. You must use form no. 2-05. Below you will find a list of enterprises that are approved to complete the report about supply of gambling. You can read more about the report in Information 14.

Approved enterprises

Information about digital signature

Gambling oprators who want to obtain a licence to online casino or betting with effect from 1 January 2012 or later must integrate a digital signature according to OCES or higher standard in order to prepare their gaming system.

Today, there is only one supplier of digital signature in Denmark who complies with the requirements in OCES. That is NemID which is provided by Nets Danid.

The Danish Gambling Authority refers to:

Nets Danid A/S
Lautrupbjerg 10
2750 Ballerup

Information about Nets 

Information about NemID

Nets support

The Danish Gambling Authority's legal guideline

The legislation on all gambling categories

Guidelines for operators of betting and online casino

Description of licence requirements for betting and online casino providers

Compulsory disclosure of conditions when marketing a bonus offer

Guidelines regarding compulsory disclosure of conditions when marketing a bonus offer

Guidelines about supply of guessing competitions

This guideline is intended for citizens and companies who are interested in providing guessing competitions in Denmark

Guideline on registration of a company in order to pay gambling duties

Guideline for foreign gambling operators on obligations to the Danish Tax Agency

Guidelines on Bluewhale

How to receive and send messages using Bluewhale

Laws and Executive Orders

See historical versions of the legislation

Notice: There may have been made later changes to the acts/executive orders. Please confer with the Danish legal text in order to ensure that you have the latest version of the acts. You are always welcome to contact the Danish Gambling Authority in case of doubt.

The English versions of the acts and executive orders are unofficial translations. In case of any discrepancy between the original Danish text and the English translations of the acts and executive orders, the Danish text shall prevail.

Consolidation Act No. 1494
Of 06 Dec 2016

The Danish Act on Gambling

Executive Order no. 773
Of 09 Jun 2017

On online casino

Only available in Danish

Law No. 651
Of 08 Jun 2017

On preventive measures against money laundering and financing of terrorism (Act on Money Laundering)

Only available in Danish

Executive Order no. 727
Of 09 Jun 2017

On partial exception of certain games from the Act on Money Laundering

Only available in Danish

Newsletters

Read the Danish Gambling Authority's newsletters about online casino legislation.  

Newsletters