If you are a Norwegian citizen living abroad, and wish to change your name, you need to complete a name change form (“Melding om endring av navn”) and send it to the Norwegian Tax Administration, who is responsible for the National Registry. Likewise, if your name has ever been changed it is your responsibility to make sure that the name change has been registered in the National Registry.Name change notifications must be sent by post by applicants to the following address:
Skatt nord Hammerfest
- Please note that all photocopied supporting documentation must be certified by a Norwegian authority (Embassy or Consulate).
For more information regarding name change, please see the Tax Administration's web site.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy cannot authenticate a document on behalf of a Norwegian Authority but can only legalize documents* in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (Global Affairs) in Ottawa.
Therefore, documents must be legalized through the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (Global Affairs) in Ottawa. This procedure departs from the fact that (a) Canadian documents must be authenticated in Canada and (b) Canada is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention (Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents).
Read more about the legalization process at the Department of Foreign Affairs here.
Please note that a form should accompany the documents. The form can be found on the website listed above. Please send documents to:
Global Affairs Canada
Authentication ServicesSection (JLAC)
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
If under time constraint, the Embassy recommends that the legalization is done in-person at Global Affairs rather than sending the documents. If you are planning on attending in-person the address is:
JLAC- Authentication Services Section
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1J1
Legalisation is free at Global Affairs and they will send the documents further to the Embassy upon specific request.
*The Embassy's legalization fee is CAD 40 per document - payment is accepted as money order or certified bank checks. Please include a pre-paid postage envelope with a return address (Express Post or courier).
You can also bring the documents to the Embassy in person. Please reach out ahead of time to make an appointment.
After the Embassy has legalized the documents we will send the documents as instructed.
Upon request, the Royal Norwegian Embassy provides unauthorized translations* of following original documents :
- Birth certificates
- Death certificates
- Divorce certificate
- Wedding certificates
- Driver’s licenses
- Notification of name change
- Baptism certificate
Please note that if a 'certified translation' is needed, you should contact a translation bureau.
*The Embassy's translation fee is CAD 40 per document - payment is accepted as money order or certified bank checks. Please include a pre-paid postage envelope with a return address (Express Post or courier).
If you live abroad and need a criminal record certificate from Norway, an application must be sent to the Police unit for background checks and police certificates.
The application for a police certificate must include the following documents:
- Application form (GP – 5168 B)
- Certified copy of valid passport, drivers license or bank card containing your photo and signature
- Documentation of why you need the criminal record certificate
- Signature of parent/legal guardian if you are under the age of 18
If you are residing abroad, the application must be sent to
Politiets enhet for vandelskontroll og politiattester
Any additional information can be found on the Norwegian Police Authority's website.
This information is useful for both Norwegian and foreign nationals planning to get married in Norway.
More information about getting married in Norway can be found on the Skatteetaten's website - please see getting married in Norway.
In order to get married in Norway, you have to contact the Norwegian Population Registry (folkeregisteret) in the town where you want to marry. They will inform you of the necessary documentation to provide. You will have to provide proof that you are not already married in Canada.
This document is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. Contact:
- Certification and Authentication of Documents Program at DFADT.
- Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage for persons wishing to get married outside of Canada
Certification and Authentication of Documents
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Dr.
Authentication/legalization of relevant certificates
All documents listed on Skatteetatens website need to be authenticated through the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development in Ottawa before the wedding.
The following information explains how to obtain a copy of a Norwegian Birth Certificate (fødselsattest):
- If you were born in Norway, and presently live in Norway, contact your local tax office.
- If you were born in Norway, but now live abroad, you have to contact the population registry in the town they last lived in before they left Norway.
- You can apply to obtain a copy of your birth certificate from the Norwegian Directorate of Taxes which is responsible for the National Population Register (in Norwegian "Folkeregisteret").
- If you were born outside Norway, and now live in Norway, you will need to contact the public records office in your country of birth to obtain a copy of your birth certificate. You can seek assistance from your country of birth's Embassy in Norway.
- For birth certificates other than your own, you may be required to document sufficient need for the document.
- If you need a birth certificate for someone who lived in Norway prior to December 1946, you will need to contact the church office in the municipality where they were born to get a copy of their birth certificate. You can read more about obtaining certificates for ancestors on the web site of the National Archives of Norway .
- For those born in Norway before (1967), you will most likely not be in the population registry. You will mostly likely have a baptism certificate and with that the Embassy can begin to help you get registered.
Under the ‘Convention between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of Canada for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital’ (signed July 12th 2002), Norway has the right to tax all pensions that originate from Norway.
According to the new tax rules on withholding tax, residents of Canada will be taxed (deducted) by Norway on the pensions they receive from Norway starting from 2010.
A 15% “source tax” will automatically be deducted from the pension in connection with its payment and no other documentation is needed.
Avoidance of double taxation is regulated by the tax agreement between Norway and Canada; Canada, as the country of residence, is responsible for avoiding any double taxation.
The individual taxpayer must contact and inform the taxation authorities in Canada that the Norwegian taxation should be taken into account in his/her tax assessment. The individual taxpayer is also responsible to claim compensation. Most countries’ taxation authorities (tax offices) have information about how to avoid double taxation.
On the side, you will find a link to the ‘Convention between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of Canada for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital’ (signed July 12th 2002) (on page 11 and onwards, you will find the English and Norwegian texts side by side):
Applications for pension from Norwegian National Insurance Scheme go through Canada.
The following documents can be found at a Service Canada office:
o CAN/N 2.1 Application for Old-age Pension (krav om alderspensjon)
o CAN/N 2.2 Application for Disability Pension (krav om ytelser ved uførhet)
o CAN/N 2.3 Application for Survivors Benefits – Surviving spouse/ children (krav om ytelser til etterlatt ektefelle / barn)
The system works on double taxation: 15% is automatically deducted from the amount given to the recipient. The recipient is responsible for ensuring that they are not double-taxed by the Canadian authorities.
Different rules apply to individuals with a driver's licence issued in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to those with a driver's licence issued outside this area; see the Norwegian Public Road Aministration's website for more information.
For further information about driving in Norway please contact:
As a main rule no vaccination against communicable diseases is required for entering Norway. However, there may be specific requirements depending on your country or origin.
If you are in doubt, please contact the following Norwegian authorities:
If you decide to live in Norway for a longer period, you are advised to contact your local general practitioner, hospital or: