Marriage

So you’ve met your match and you’ve decided to tie the knot. Congratulations!

Here in Norway, you can choose to marry either in a religious or civil ceremony or both. A civil ceremony is usually conducted by an authorised person from the municipality and may be held at some Norwegian foreign service missions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' country pages provides an overview of Norwegian foreign service missions that are authorised to perform wedding ceremonies. The Governor of Svalbard is also authorised to perform wedding ceremonies. 

If the wedding is to take place in a religious community, this community must be registered and licensed to perform wedding ceremonies.The Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs and the County Governor have an overview of religious communities and belief communities that are licensed to conduct a wedding. Clergymen at some Norwegian Churches Abroad can also conduct church weddings. 

You must also meet the conditions stipulated in Norway’s Marriage Act. It is the Norwegian Tax Administration that checks whether the conditions have been met through the documents that you rare required to submit to it.

Source: government.no

Here’s a step-by-step guide on what you need to do in the lead-up to your big day

Apply for a certificate of no impediment to marriage or a marriage licence

In order to get  married in Norway, you must complete a personal declaration and apply for a certificate or licence before you get married. The certificate or licence will be valid for 4 months after the date of issue.

Difference between a certificate of no impediment to marriage and a marriage licence

If you’re getting married in accordance with Norwegian law and the marriage is to take place at a Norwegian embassy or a Norwegian Church overseas (Sjømannskirken) then it’s a certificate of no impediment to marriage that you should apply for.

If you’re getting married in accordance with the laws of a foreign country, then apply for a marriage licence. It’s important to note that a marriage licence cannot be issued if you only have a D number

How to apply for a certificate or licence

The fastest way is to apply online. You will need:

  • BankID, BankID on mobile, Buypass or Commfides
  • A statement by a sponsor or witness for each person who is getting married. The sponsor/witness must be someone who knows you.

You will also need to complete the following forms if one or more are relevant to either who is getting married.

  • Application for a change of name - if either or both of you would like to change your name due to marriage, you need to apply to do so at the same time as when you are filling in the other forms.

Since Norwegian law does not require you to change your name upon marriage, you can wait to change your name especially since it may take longer to process your application during peak periods. The Norwegian Tax Administration recommends that you wait to change your name if you plan to travel soon after your wedding as you can apply to change your name after you return to Norway.

You may also wish to delay an application for a new name if you need to get a new passport as you may not have enough time to change your name first.

  • Declaration concerning division

You must complete a declaration concerning division if you’ve been married before.

  • Divorced according to foreign law

If a couple divorced according to foreign law, the divorce must be recognised by the County Governor (in Norwegian). This is not required if the divorce was carried out in another Nordic country, as long as both spouses were resident and had citizenships in a Nordic country at the time of the divorce.

If you prefer to apply manually, then complete the forms below and submit all of them together to:

Skatteetaten
Postboks 9200 Grønland
0134 Oslo
Norway

  • Personal declaration – each person getting married must complete their own declaration.
  • Statement by the sponsor – must be completed by two sponsors/witnesses – one for each of you. It must be a person who knows you. The sponsor’s citizenship is not relevant, but he/she must be over 18 years of age. The sponsor does not have to be present when the couple enters into marriage.
  • In the case of people who are divorced according to foreign law, the divorce must be recognised by the County Governor (in Norwegian). The requirement for recognition does not apply if the divorce was carried out in another Nordic country, as long as both were residents and had citizenships in a Nordic country at the time of the divorce.
  • Have you been married before? If so, you must complete a declaration concerning division.
  • Changing your name? If you wish to change your name/names in connection with the marriage, a notification of change of name must be submitted along with the other documents. Complete the  notification of change of name form. 

Source: The Norwegian Tax Administration

How long does it take to get a certificate or licence?

If you’ve applied online and have met all the conditions, you will receive approval immediately and the certificate of no impediment will be sent to you via Altinn.

If you’ve applied manually, then it could take up to five weeks. You will receive a letter if it is found that some information is lacking.

Source: The Norwegian Tax Administration

Receiving the certificate of no impediment

The Tax Administration will prepare and issue a certificate of no impediment if you meet the requirements to enter into marriage. This certificate is valid without a stamp and signature and will be sent to one of you via Altinn. If you’ve opted out of digital communication, the bride/the youngest in a same-sex marriage will receive it in the post.

The certificate is valid for 4 months.

If you do not meet the conditions for entering into marriage, you’ll also be notified via Altinn or receive a letter in the post. If you do not agree with the decision, you can appeal to the county governor where one of you lives.

Source: The Norwegian Tax Administration

Send the certificate to the wedding official

You must send the certificate of no impediment to the wedding official either digitally or by post.

It is important to note that you must agree on a time and date for the marriage with the wedding official beforehand.

Show an official ID to the wedding official

You must also show an official ID of yourself to the wedding official - passport, driver’s license or bank card with a photo of yourself.

The wedding official notifies the Norwegian Tax Administration

The wedding official will send the marriage notification to the Tax Administration within three days after the wedding.

Get a new passport if you’ve changed your name

If you’ve planned a honeymoon overseas after your wedding and you’ve changed your name, you must remember to get a new passport under your new name. 

The name in your passport should match the name on your ticket or you may experience problems checking in.

Contact your local police station or your embassy if you need a new passport.

Since Norwegian law does not require you to change your name upon marriage, you can wait to change your name especially since it may take longer to process your application during peak periods. The Norwegian Tax Administration recommends that you wait to change your name if you plan to travel soon after your wedding as you can apply to change your name after you return to Norway.

You may also wish to delay an application for a new name if you need to get a new passport as you may not have enough time to change your name first.

Confirmation of registered marriage

The Tax Administration will send a confirmation to your Altinn inbox. If you’re not an electronic user, the confirmation will be sent to you by post.

Note that if neither of you are registered with a national identity number, but you’re marrying according to Norwegian law, the National Population Register will send you a marriage certificate by post.

Getting married to a foreign citizen

If you’re getting married to a foreign citizen in Norway, he or she must submit documentation to the Norwegian Tax Administration.

The processing time can take about 5-6 weeks, assuming everything is in order. Plan enough time in case you need to get documentation from abroad due to errors or missing information in the application.

You can read about all the prerequisites that have to be met and the documents that need to be completed and submitted here.

Two foreign citizens getting married in Norway

You are required to fulfil certain conditions, and complete and submit some documents to the Norwegian Tax Administration before you can get married in Norway.

More info 

Bigamy, marriage to minors and marriage by proxy

The following are illegal in Norway:

  • Bigamy
  • Marrying anyone under the age of 16 or aiding and abetting such a marriage
  • A marriage by proxy -  where both parties are not physically present during the wedding ceremony

More info


Last modified 6 November 2023
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