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About VAT ID

The Value Added Tax (VAT) ID number applies only if you are placing a business order for a business in the European Union that has a current VAT ID. For all other orders, you should leave this field blank.

Entering your VAT ID

When entering your VAT ID, please follow the format shown for your country in the table below. You should enter only the information shown here. Do not enter your country code as part of the VAT ID.

EU Country With Country CodeFormat To UseExample
Austria (AT)9 characters, first is always a UU12345678
Belgium (BE)10 characters1234567890
Bulgaria (BG)1 block of 9 digits or 1 block of 10 digitsBG999999999 or BG9999999999
Cyprus (CY)9 characters, last is always alpha12345678X
Czech Republic (CZ)

3 formats:

  • 8 characters
  • 9 characters
  • 10 characters

If 11, 12 or 13 characters, delete the three-digit suffix, which is a tax code

3 examples:

  • 12345678
  • 123456789
  • 1234567890
Denmark (DK)8 characters12345678
Estonia (EE)9 characters123456789
Finland (FI)8 characters12345678
France (FR)

4 formats, all 11 characters:

  • All digits
  • First character is alpha
  • Second character is alpha
  • First and second characters are alpha

4 examples:

  • 12345678901
  • X1123456789
  • 1X123456789
  • XX123456789
Germany (DE)9 characters123456789
Greece (EL)9 characters123456789
Hungary (HU)8 characters12345678
Ireland (IE)

2 formats, both 8 characters:

  • Last character is alpha
  • Second and last characters are alpha

2 examples:

  • 1234567X
  • 1X34567X
Italy (IT)11 characters12345678901
Latvia (LV)11 characters12345678901
Lithuania (LT)

2 formats:

  • 9 characters
  • 12 characters

2 examples:

  • 123456789
  • 123456789012
Luxembourg (LU)8 characters12345678
Malta (MT)8 characters12345678
Netherlands (NL)12 characters, the three-digit suffix will always be in the format B01123456789B01
Poland (PL)10 characters1234567890
Portugal (PT)9 characters123456789
Romania (RO)1 block of minimum 2 digits and maximum 10 digits9999999999
Slovakia (SK)10 characters1234567890
Slovenia (SI)8 characters12345678
Spain (ES)

3 formats, all 9 characters:

  • First character is alpha
  • Last character is alpha
  • First and last characters are alpha

3 examples:

  • X12345678
  • 12345678X
  • X1234567X
Sweden (SE)12 characters, the two-digit suffix will always be in the format 01123456789001
United Kingdom (GB)9 characters123456789

If you receive an error

If you receive the error message 'Unable to verify VAT ID' one of the following conditions may exist:

  • The VAT ID you entered did not follow the format required for this site. Be sure to follow the format listed for your country in the table above.
  • The VAT ID you entered is invalid, or a technical problem is preventing validation. To check the validity of your VAT ID, you may use the VIES website. If a technical problem is preventing validation, this check will explain the problem and suggest a solution.

VAT will be applied if you proceed with an order when VAT ID verification is unsuccessful. You may be able to reclaim the tax by filing for reimbursement with your local VAT authorities.