BankID on mobile in Norway to be phased out

Electronic identification service BankID on mobile will be phased out and likely replaced with a new service that uses a biometric system for logging in. 

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Digital ID BankID on mobile will be replaced with newer technology to speed up the service, BankID provider, BankAxept has said. 

“Bank ID on mobile was a revolution when it came in 2009, but now people expect an even simpler BankID than they have today,” Jan Bjerved from BankAxept told public broadcaster NRK

The new service would allow people to verify their identity biometrically with a face or thumb or use a pin or password in certain situations. 

The change is to cut down the time it takes to use the service. Bjerved told NRK that the new service would cut the time it takes to log in with BankID down from 30 seconds to around 10. 

NRK reports that it is likely that the service would be phased out next year, although Bjerved has said it hasn’t been decided exactly when the old service would be retired. 

He also added that BankID on mobile wouldn’t be replaced overnight either. 

READ MORE: Everything foreigners in Norway need to know about electronic IDs

“It will be phased out gradually so that users are ensured as smooth a transition as possible,” he said. 

In addition to cutting down the time it takes to log in, BankID on mobile is being replaced as the technology it’s built upon is considered outdated. 

It relies on phones having a physical sim card, something which isn’t guaranteed with newer devices. 

“Many mobile companies are moving away from physical SIM cards. Then it will not be possible to use BankID on mobile as it is today,” Svein Scheie from the security department at the National Communications Authority (NKOM) said. 

Scheie added that the new solution would be more secure too. 

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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