Children born in Norway

Here you will find information about, National Registry, name selection, national identity number and parental responsibility, among other things .

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

In the event the child is born without a doctor or midwife in attendance, the mother herself must notify the Tax Administration of the birth.

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 receives a Norwegian national identity number, the Tax Administration sends a request to the person(s) with parental responsibility to choose the child's name. You'll find the child's Norwegian national identity number in the request.

If parental responsibility is shared and the mother submits the notice of name choice, father/co-mother must approve the name. Father/co-mother will receive a query from the Tax Administration about this.

Read more about names.

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.