Disclosure of information to the press

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Certain changes have been made to the law regarding the access of the press to National Registry information. The term ‘press’ encompasses all activity which is covered by Section 2 of the Media Freedom Act. Under Section 10-1 second and third paragraphs, the press will now have access to the following information:

  • Full name, including history
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Basis for registered identity
  • Address (not confidential or classified addresses under the Document Protection Instructions) including history
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Marital status (all types)
  • Guardian
  • Confirmed future power of attorney
  • Date of death
  • Registration status (resident, emigrated, deceased, ceased and inactive D number)

As before, look-ups in the National Registry are only permitted using so-called ‘unambiguous searches’, where the person is named and identifiable. In connection with the modernisation of the National Registry, the existing permissions will be revised. This is described in more detail in Prop. 164 L (2015-2016) section 18.4.6 final paragraph and Section 10-1 third paragraph.

In order to gain access to national ID numbers/D numbers, there must be a justified need; see Prop L (2015-2016), section 18.4.3.

To the National Registry Act and Regulation

How do I apply for disclosure of information?

You can download, fill in and submit the application form to apply for access to information from the National Registry under the new National Registry Act.

Applications for individual items of information

Apply via our contact form where you believe the person you want information on resides. You can obtain three or four items of information per week free of charge.

If you have a long list of information which you wish to obtain, you must pay a fee for it.

If your enquiry concerns more than four people, you should send it to:

Skatt nord
Postboks 6310

9293 Tromsø.

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