Residence certificate

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A residence certificate provides proof of where you live and how long you have lived there. You need a residence certificate if you have to enclose proof of where you are living when you send in an application to a national, regional or local authority. A residence certificate also documents the date on which you took up residence at your address.

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Who can order?

To place an order, you must be over the age of consent and be a member of the family (one of the persons named on the certificate). Solicitors are authorised to place orders on behalf of their clients. Others will need to provide written and signed authorisation.

You can order on behalf of your entire family

You can obtain a joint residence certificate for yourself and your entire family (spouse/child), provided that the parents in the family are married. 

Unmarried couples must obtain separate residence certificates (as they have different family numbers). For unmarried couples with joint children, the children will normally appear on the mother’s residence certificate.

If both have a child or children from a previous relationship, each child will appear on the residence certificate of the respective parent.

Residence certificates show a maximum of two generations, meaning that grandparents and a child or siblings will not appear on the same certificate.

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) control of residence

A residence certificate is not approved by Lånekassen in the control of residence of students that have stated that they live away from their parents. For more information, see Lånekassen.

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