This web page allows you to verify the validity of a VAT identification number issued by a Member State by specifying the VAT number you wish to validate, and then selecting the Member State which allocated the number to be validated from the drop-down menu provided.
The verification is done against the national VAT database corresponding to the selected Member State. There is no VAT database at Community level. For the purpose of the verification, your request is sent to the national database via a secure Intranet service connecting national Customs and Taxation administrations and the reply is sent back in a few seconds.
Please take into account that if the VAT number contains alphabetic characters, these should be typed in upper case letters. Spaces and dots between blocks of digits should be ignored. The number should be typed as a continuous string without spaces or dots.
You then click on the "Verify" button and get the following possible answers:
In the case of a valid VAT number, if the name and/or address are replaced by '---', this means that the Member State that issued the VAT number does not allow to disclose this information.
If you put your own VAT identification number in the box requester's VAT identification number, the reply will contain a unique consultation number.
If you want to be able to prove to a Tax Administration of a Member State that you have checked a given VAT number at a given time, and obtained a given validation reply, please keep this consultation number in your archives. Please note, however, that the confirmation of the validity of a VAT number and of its attribution to a given taxable person is only ONE of the elements of evidence supporting the VAT exemption of intra-community supplies of goods (article 138, paragraph 1 of Council Directive 2006/112/EC) or the non-application of VAT on a supply of services due to its localisation in another Member State.
According to the Specific disclaimer for this service: "The objective of this internet site is to allow persons involved in the intra-Community supply of goods or of services to obtain confirmation of the validity of the VAT identification number of any specified person, in accordance to article 31 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 904/2010 of 7 October 2010. Any other use and any extraction and use of the data which is not in conformity with the objective of this site are strictly forbidden". DG TAXUD closely monitors and analyses on a daily basis the usage of the Vies-on-the-web (VoW) service. In circumstances where certain actions would be recognized as abusive use of the service, the originator of the request (specific IP addresses) will be blocked and notified by DG TAXUD.
Actions that are considered as abusive include (not exhaustive), for example:
The Member State's database may be unavailable for maintenance purposes according to the following table:
|AT-Austria||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|BE-Belgium||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|BG-Bulgaria||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|CY-Cyprus||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|CZ-Czech Republic||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|DE-Germany||Unavailable daily from 11:00 PM to 01:30 AM|
|DK-Denmark||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|EE-Estonia||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|EL-Greece||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|ES-Spain||Unavailable daily around 06:30 AM for a few minutes|
|FI-Finland||Unavailable every Sunday between 05:40 AM and 05:50 AM|
|FR-France||Unavailable almost everyday between 01:30 AM and 01:40 AM|
|GB-United Kingdom||Unavailable every Saturday from 07:30 AM to 10:30 AM and almost daily from around 04:30 AM to 04:40 AM|
|HU-Hungary||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|IE-Ireland||Unavailable on Sunday nights for maximum 2 hours|
|IT-Italy||Unavailable every Monday from 06:00 AM for 30 to 60 minutes|
|LT-Lithuania||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|LU-Luxembourg||Unavailable every Friday from around 7:30 PM for about 30 minutes|
|LV-Latvia||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|MT-Malta||Unavailable every Tuesday between 07:00 AM to 07:30 AM and every 3rd Monday of the month between 05:00 AM to 05:30 AM|
|NL-The Netherlands||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|PL-Poland||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|PT-Portugal||Unavailable every Monday from around 07:30 AM for about 30 to 60 minutes|
|RO-Romania||Unavailable almost every weekend from Saturday 09:50 PM to Sunday 09:50 PM|
|SE-Sweden||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|
|SK-Slovakia||Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week|