Adoption and registration in the National Registry

The Directorate of Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat) processes applications concerning adoption, including the adoption of children from abroad and Norway.

After the adoption has been completed, Bufetat  will notify the Tax Administration. The notification will form the basis for registering the child in the National Registry.

Adoptive parents who adopt from abroad must report that their child is moving to Norway.

When an adoption happens in another country without advance permission from the Norwegian adoption authority, the adoption must be approved by the Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat). The adoptive parents must in this case register the adoption with the Tax Administration themselves by submitting a copy of Bufetat's document of approval.


In connection with the adoption of children aged under 18, the child will acquire the mother's surname, unless determined otherwise during the adoption procedure.