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Norwegian national ID numbers

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In Norway, you must have a Norwegian ID number. You must use this number to identify yourself to public authorities and to open a Norwegian bank account. People resident in Norway will be given a national ID number. Foreigners who intend to stay in Norway for less than six months will be given a D number.

In order to obtain either a national ID number or a D number, you must do the following:

What is the difference between a national ID number and a D number?

  • Everyone who is resident in Norway will be allocated a national ID number, which they will keep for life. National ID numbers consist of 11 digits, of which the first six digits indicate the person's date of birth.
  • Foreigners who come to work in Norway for less than six months will not be given a national ID number. Instead, they will be allocated a D number.
  • If you intend to stay in Norway for more than six months, you must apply for a national ID number by reporting a move to Norway. If you have previously been allocated a D number, you must subsequently only use your national ID number.
  • You must use your national ID number or D number every time you come to Norway to work. You must also state this number when you request a new tax deduction card.

Opening a bank account in Norway

  • You must have a Norwegian national ID number or D number to open a bank account in Norway. Banks may order a D number in some cases.
  • You should have a bank account in Norway that your employer can pay your salary into, and that the Norwegian Tax Administration can transfer any excess tax deductions into where applicable.

 


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