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Passports

Information for passport applicants - new passports and renewals.

For informasjon på norsk, klikk på 'Information in Norwegian' til venstre på siden.

For travel to or via the USA, a machine-readable passport or a visa in a hand-written passport is required by the US immigration authorities. Note that this is also required for transits. For more information regarding machine-readable passports and entry to the USA, please go to the following website: US Embassy 

Norwegian Citizenship
For information regarding Norwegian Citizenship, please click here.

How to apply for/renew your passport
Passport applications must be lodged during the Consular Section’s opening hours, which are from Monday to Friday, between 10.00am-12.00noon. As the Consular Section may sometimes be very busy, you are advised to arrive early. Emergencies may be dealt with outside those hours – provided you have a prior appointment.

When you arrive at the Embassy or an Honorary Consulate, please bring the following documentation:

  • 1 completed passport application form (see link under 'more'). For information regarding name and personal ID number, you are kindly requested to read paragraphs relating to change of name and personal number below.
  • One passport photo without headgear*) or dark glasses**) and with your mouth closed. (It must be of good quality, white / light background, not older than 3 months, minimum 36 x 47 mm). This also applies to minors. For more information about photo requirements, please click here.
  • Old passport.
  • Fee: 
    For persons over 16 years: £45
    For persons under 16 years: £25
    You may pay by cash or by cheque with a bank guarantee card.
  • 1 completed "Enclosure to the Passport Application" (see link under 'more').

*)  Provided it is not a religious necessity - in which case, a letter from religious leader must be enclosed.  This is not applicable if you wore religious headgear in your previous passport.
**) Unless it is a medical necessity - in which case, please provide a letter from your doctor. 

Children under the age of 18 must in addition to the above supply the following:

  • Birth certificate showing the names of both parents.
  • Both parents' passports. This also applies if one of the parents is not Norwegian.
  • Parents' marriage certificate, if applicable.

You are kindly requested to read carefully through page 2 of the Passport application. Please remember that both parents must sign the form – this also applies if one of the parents is not Norwegian.                                                          

Where to apply
Norwegians resident in the UK must apply in person through the Embassy or through one of the Norwegian Honorary Consulates. Please note that if you wish to lodge the application through one of the Honorary Consulates, you must telephone the Honorary Consulate in advance in order to make an appointment.
                              
Passport lost or stolen
Loss of passport should be reported to to the local police (i.e. British police) and you should submit the following:

Some other form of Norwegian identification, such as Norwegian driver’s licence, Norwegian credit/debit card with photo and signature, Norwegian birth certificate, etc.

The 'Notification of loss of passport' form must be completed. See link on the right.

Personal number (Norwegian ID number)
If you have lived in Norway after 1964, you will hold a personal number. If you are uncertain of whether you have a personal number, please contact the Embassy.

If you were born abroad or have not been a resident in Norway after 1964, you must apply to obtain a personal number. An application must be made through the  Norwegian Embassy in London.

When applying for children, you must bring the child's birth certificate*, parents' marriage certificate and the parents' passports. It is very important that personal data relating to births abroad (such as the child's details, country of birth, both parents' names, their marital status, nationalities, etc.) is registered with the Norwegian Public Register. 

For adults, please bring your Norwegian passport and - if you have changed your name after moving from Norway - a certified true copy of marriage certificate or other proof of name change. If the passport has expired, you will need to present your birth or baptism certificate. 

Norwegians registered as living in Norway, must contact the relevant local Public Register.

* When applying for a personal ID-number, documents such as Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificates issued outside Western Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zeeland, U.S.A and Canada must be legalised with an “Apostille” before they can be approved by the Norwegian authority concerned. Please note that special procedures apply to Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificates issued in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ethiopia.

Please be aware that the application process for a personal number may take several weeks.                                                              

Change of name
Name(s) stated in the passport application must be identical to the one(s) registered in the Norwegian Public Register (‘folkeregisteret’). If this is not the case, the passport application will not be accepted.

In the UK there is no official authority that grants change of name. According to British regulations it is possible to change one's name on entry into marriage (marriage certificate) or get a statutory declaration or deed poll through a solicitor.

For notification of name change for Norwegians registered as living abroad, please c
omplete the 'Notification of change of name' form, click here.

You will need to enclose certified true copies of the relevant documentation. Do not send originals. Certified true copies can be made at the Embassy or any of the Honorary Consulates.

The notification of change of name should be sent to:

Skattedirektoratet
Sentralkontoret for folkeregistrering
Postboks 6300 Etterstad
N-0603 Oslo
Norway

The processing of name change will normally take about 1 week - excluding postal time to and from Norway, providing the correct information is included with the application.

Norwegians registered as living in Norway, must send the notification of name change to relevant Public Register. 

Collection of Norwegian passport
Your new passport may be collected at the Embassy during Consular opening hours (10-12 am) or at one of our honorary Consulates (by prior appointment only). The new passport will normally be ready for collection 7 - 10 days after the application is lodged with the Embassy.                                                              

Born outside Norway?
If you are a Norwegian national born abroad, please read carefully section 4 on the first page (old type) or the last page (new type) of your Norwegian passport. 
                                                                             
Emergency passport
You may obtain an emergency passport at the Embassy in London. However, it will only be valid for 3 – three – months and is a manually issued passport (i.e. it is not a machine-readable passport).

It is not possible to apply for an emergency passport through our honorary consulates.

You will need to submit the same application forms and documentation as for a normal passport application. 
                                                                           

Norwegian citizenship
The Act of 8 December 1950 relating to Norwegian Nationality contains the provisions which define Norwegian nationality and describe how Norwegian nationality is acquired.

For Norwegians living abroad, it is important to note the following:

If you hold Norwegian citizenship, but were born abroad and have never lived in Norway, you may lose the right to Norwegian citizenship upon reaching the age of 22. You may, however, apply to keep your Norwegian citizenship.

Such an application must be lodged after the age of 21, but before the age of 22 through the Norwegian Embassy:

The Royal Norwegian Embassy
25 Belgrave Square
London, SW1X 8QD                                            

Please note that if you are a second generation Norwegian having been born abroad, it may be more difficult to retain your Norwegian nationality.

Further information concerning Norwegian nationality may be obtained from:

Directorate of Immigration
P.O.Box 8108 Dep.
0032 Oslo
Norway
Tel.: +47 23 35 15 00

The application for retention of Norwegian nationality should be made by filling in this form: click here. The following must be enclosed:

  • Birth certificate
  • Photocopy of the applicant's Norwegian passport and any other passports
  • Photocopy of the Norwegian parent's passport
  • Photocopy of residence/work permit for the country where the Norwegian parent is resident
  • Documentation from relevant authority that the applicant does not hold other nationalities
  • Birth certificate of the Norwegian parent
  • Photocopy of the parents' marriage certificate (if the applicant's father is Norwegian)
  • Documentation that the applicant has lived in Norway or other Nordic countries (if applicable)
  • Documentation explaining why the applicant has submitted the application after turning 22 (if applicable)

 

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