Children born in Norway

Here you will get information about how to register your child with the National Population Register, about choosing a name, about national identity numbers and about parental responsibility for children born in Norway.

This is the process for registering your child with the National Population Register, and how to choose a name.

You can follow the entire process, or you can go directly to the part you’re most interested in.

After the child is born, the hospital sends an automatic notice of birth to the Tax Administration. 

In the event that a child is born in Norway without a doctor or midwife  present 

The child’s mother must do the following:

  • notify the Tax Administration about the birth, generally within one month of the birth
  • book an appointment at a tax office
  • bring valid identification and documentation of the relation to the child (maternity record)
  • complete and sign a notification of birth form, available at the tax office

Parents (husband and wife) who are married at the time of birth do not need to do anything. The husband is automatically assumed to be the child's father. Married parents (husband and wife) automatically receive shared parental responsibility.

In the event parents are separated or unmarried, father must declare his paternity.

Read more about paternity.

When the Tax Administration receives the birth notice from the hospital, the child is allocated a Norwegian national identity number.

The national identity number consists of 11 digits and is used as personal identification.

Read more about Norwegian national identity numbers.

When the child is issued a national identity number, the Tax Administration will request the person or persons with parental responsibility to choose a name of the child. The child's Norwegian national identity number will be stated in this request.

If the parental responsibility for the child is shared between both parents, and if the notification of a name selection has been submitted by the mother, the father/co-mother must approve of the name.

The father/co-mother can approve the chosen name by logging in to the service Name selection for a child

After the baby's name is registered, the parents receive a confirmation on name and national identity number in Altinn. 

The child is registered as residing at the same address as the mother.

Once we have registered the information, you can see the child's information on your own My page.