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Residents in Norway to be able to use phone app as valid ID

Robin-Ivan Capar
Robin-Ivan Capar - [email protected]
Residents in Norway to be able to use phone app as valid ID
To activate the new mobile phone ID service, users will need to scan their passport or national ID card into the BankID app. Logo by bank ID; Photo by Collins Lesulie on Unsplash

BankID users in Norway will be able to use the app as a valid form of ID from Monday following an update to the app.

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From Monday, BankID users in Norway will be able to upload their passport or national ID card to the app to use as ID. 

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BankID is a personal electronic identification solution used for verifying one's identity and signing documents online. For example, you'll likely need to use your BankID to log into your online bank account, or check your tax return.

Once you successfully scan your ID document into the latest version of the app, you will have a digital form of identification stored and readily available on your mobile device.

Initially available at Vinmonopolet and Posten

This feature will initially only work at select locations in the country, such as Vinmonopolet, the state-owned alcoholic beverage retailer, and Norway's postal service, Posten.

Elisabeth Hunter, the managing director of Vinmonopolet, said an increasing number of customers have been turned away at counters in recent years due to a lack of ID.

The implementation of mobile phone identification is set to address such challenges.

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

Beyond Vinmonopolet and Posten, the app could be used as ID when accessing other services in the near future.

Pharmacies, for instance, are exploring the possibility of adopting the new ID solution to streamline prescription pickups, enhancing customer service and operational efficiency.

Further details on how the BankID app could be used to verify one's identity will be revealed later in the week. 

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Wondering how to get an electronic ID in Norway (even if you don't have a 'personnummer')? Check out our explainer on the issue.

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