Norway moves to allow ID cards for foreign nationals

Foreign nationals in Norway could soon be permitted to obtain national ID cards, the government announced Thursday.

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The Norwegian government has said that it has sent a change to the rules on who is allowed a national ID card to parliament.

The Norwegian government has said that it is working to make it possible for foreigners to obtain Norwegian ID cards.

“Many foreign citizens residing in Norway need an ID certificate that documents their Norwegian fødelsnummer (birth/identity number) or d-number. With a national ID card, they will easily and safely be able to identify themselves on a daily basis,” Erik Idsøe, state secretary in the justice ministry, said in a statement.

“By extending the ID card scheme to foreign nationals, we are also contributing to increasing the spread of a unified Norwegian ID card for use in all areas of society,” Idsøe added.

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Currently, only Norwegian citizens are eligible for national ID cards, which are used as a form of identity and can be used to travel to EEA countries and Switzerland in the same way as a passport.

The new rules over who is eligible for an ID card will be extended to foreign nationals who have a residence permit or the right to reside in Norway for more than three months.

The justice ministry said that it had sent proposals for the new rules on ID cards for consultation in Norway’s parliament. The deadline for the consultation is June 3rd.

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How to register a change of address in Norway 

When you move houses in Norway, you must inform the authorities of your address change within a set period of time. Here’s what you need to know about the process 

How to register a change of address in Norway 

Moving can be a stressful process, making sure you have enough boxes, deciding what to take with you and what to get rid of and wondering whether or not your furniture will be a good fit in the new place. 

Therefore, it can be easy to overlook other important details, such as registering your change of address. 

When you move homes in Norway, you are legally required to notify the authorities of an address change either within 31 days of moving, or eight days after taking over the new place

This ensures that the address you are listed under in the national population register is correct. 

You will also need to register the move with the national postal service Posten Norge, too. 

What happens if you forget to register a move? 

Under the old population register laws, you could be punished with a fine for not reporting the move. 

However, this isn’t clear whether this is still the case following the introduction of the new Population Register Act.

However, if the Norwegian Tax Authority suspects that somebody has an incorrect address in the population register, they can request the person in question to appear at the nearest tax office to give a more detailed explanation of the matter. 

How do you report an address change?

To update your address in the National Population Register, you will need to head to the website of the Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten). 

 Once there, you will head to application portal to register an address change

You will need either a D-number or national identity number and an electronic ID, such as Commfides or BankID. MinID is also accepted

Once logged in, you’ll have the option to change your address and contact information that appears in the national registry. 

There is also the option to change your address abroad too. In most cases, this change will then happen automatically. 

You can also register to change the address in the national population register via a paper form. You’ll need to download it and submit it and a copy of an ID card that includes your date of birth, name, signature and photograph. You shouldn’t send a copy of a bank card that doubles up as a form of ID. 

The process for updating your address with the postal service is similar. You will need to head to Posten Norge’s website. You will then have the option to change your address online, which can only be done in Norwegian or download a form