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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:

  • Yes, valid VAT number.
  • No, invalid VAT number. (meaning that the number introduced is not valid at least on the date specified)
  • Service unavailable. Please re-submit your request later. (meaning there is some problem with either the network or the Web application)
  • Member State service unavailable. Please re-submit your request later.(meaning the application in the Member State whose VAT number you are trying to validate is not available)
  • Error: Incomplete (VAT + Member State) or corrupted data input.
  • Request time-out. Please re-submit your request later.

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.




Unavailability Shifts (ET)

The Member State's database may be unavailable for maintenance purposes according to the following table: (ET)


Member State (ET) Availability/Unavailability (ET)
AT-Austria Unavailable almost daily around 06:00 AM for a few minutes (ET)
BE-Belgium Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
BG-Bulgaaria Unknown (ET)
CY-Cyprus Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
CZ-Czech Republic Unavailable everyday around 07:00 AM for about 20 minutes (ET)
DE-Germany Available from 05:00 AM to 11:00 PM (ET)
DK-Denmark Unavailable every day between 04:00 AM and 05:00 AM; Every Tuesday from 06:45 AM to 07:15 AM (ET)
EE-Estonia Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
EL-Greece Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
ES-Spain Unavailable daily around 11:00 PM for a few minutes (ET)
FI-Finland Unavailable every Sunday between 05:40 AM and 05:50 AM (ET)
FR-France Unavailable almost everyday between 01:30 AM and 01:40 AM (ET)
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 (ET)
HU-Hungary Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
IE-Ireland Unavailable on Sunday nights for maximum 2 hours (ET)
IT-Italy Unavailable every Monday to Saturday from 08:00 PM for 30 to 60 minutes (ET)
LT-Lithuania Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
LU-Luxembourg Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
LV-Latvia Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
MT-Malta Unavailable every Thursday from 07:00 AM to 07:30 AM (ET)
NL-The Netherlands Unavailable every weekend from Saturday 09:50 PM to Sunday 09:40 PM (ET)
PL-Poland Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
PT-Portugal Unavailable every Friday from around 23:30 for about 30 minutes or more (ET)
RO-Rumeenia Unavailable almost every weekend from Saturday 09:50 PM to Sunday 09:50 PM (ET)
SE-Sweden Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)
SK-Slovakia Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (ET)