Registration

Registering at the population register 

It is mandatory for anyone moving to, Norway from another country, between two Norwegian municipalities, or to another place in the same municipality, to notify the population register within eight days. The population register is part of the tax office so go to a tax office closest to you when you arrive in Norway within the stipulated deadline.

ID number/National Identity Number 

You must apply for a tax deduction card if you come to Norway to work. You will be given either a D-number if you are staying in Norway for up to six months or a national identity number if you are staying for more than six months.

You will need the following documents when you apply for a tax deduction card - 

  • Nordic nationals
    • A passport or a valid driving licence containing a photograph and indicating citizenship and gender with a transcript from the population register in the applicant's home country. The transcript must not be older than three months.
    • Applicants should bring an employment contract, a written offer of employment or documentation of a Norwegian-registered business.

  • EEA nationals
    • A passport or national ID card containing a photograph of you and indicating your citizenship and gender
    • Applicants should bring an employment contract, a written offer of employment or documentation of a Norwegian-registered business.

Employers have an independent responsibility for ensuring that all their employees are entitled to work in Norway. Any questions must be addressed to the immigration authorities.

  • Nationals from outside the EEA area
    • A passport
    • Applicants should bring an employment contract, a written offer of employment or documentation of a Norwegian-registered business.

As a rule, national identity numbers are given to persons who are born in Norway or who are registered as settled here. A national identity number may also be given to Norwegian nationals who live in another country when it is a condition for issuing a Norwegian passport to them. Foreign workers who come to Norway must go in person to a tax office to apply for their national identity number.

Documentation

Documentation that is required when notifying a move to Norway (staying over six months):

  • A passport or other approved ID for Nordic or EEA nationals, containing a photograph of you and indicating your citizenship and gender
  • Documented grounds for residence, such as:
    • a residence permit for six months or more
    • a registration certificate for EEA nationals

  • Documentation of the period of residence, such as:
    • an employment contract / written offer of employment for more than six months (in the case of assignments for staffing enterprises you must have a confirmation of an assignment lasting for six months or more)
    • a contract for the lease/purchase of a house/apartment

  • When moving together with children under the age of 18:
    • for Nordic nationals with children under the age of 18: if both parents have not signed the notification of the move, the person in question must bring along a declaration of consent from the parent not present or documentation of parental responsibility from his/her home country
    • in certain cases, an approved marriage certificate/birth certificate must be brought along

Last modified 6 November 2023
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