The road to marriage - step by step

In this article, you can follow the formal procedure for getting married or you can go straight to the part you want to find out more about.

The road to marriage

Before you can get married, the Norwegian Tax Administration must check whether you meet the conditions for entering into marriage.

The quickest way to do this is to apply electronically for a certificate of no impediment to enter into marriage – as long as you both have a Norwegian national identity number. You both must also be able to log in using BankID, BankID on mobile, Buypass or Commfides.

The certificate is valid for four months.

If you'd rather not do it electronically, you must complete the forms below and send them jointly to:

Tax Administration Norway 
P.O. Box 9200 Grønland
NO–0134 OSLO

 

Please plan for at least five to six weeks of processing.

  • Personal declaration – you must fill out separate declarations
  • Statement by the sponsor – must be completed by the sponsors ("forlover")/witnesses – one for each of you. It must be a person who knows you. The citizenship of the sponsor is not relevant, but he or she must be over 18. This person is not required to be present at the ceremony. The form is also available in English.
  • Have you been married before? If so, you must fill in a declaration concerning division (in Norwegian only).
  • Are you changing your name? If one or both of you wish to change you name in connection with the marriage, a change of name form must be submitted together with the other documents. Fill in the change of name form.

 

In that case, we recommend that you wait to change your name. In peak periods we need more time to process your case. And if you’re also getting a new passport, you might not have enough time. It’s not required by Norwegian law to change your name when you get married. It’s easy to change your name once you come back home.

The Tax Administration will issue what is known as a certificate of no impediment to marriage, which demonstrates that you fulfil the conditions for entering into marriage. The certificate is now valid without signature and stamp.

The certificate will be sent to you in the post*, unless you entered the address of the official who will perform the wedding ceremony in the personal declarations. The certificate will then be sent to this person.

The certificate will be valid for four months.

If you do not meet the conditions for entering into marriage, you will receive a letter in the post. If you do not agree with the decision, you can appeal to the county governor where one of you lives.

* If you live at different addresses, we'll send the certificate to the bride/the person who is the youngest in the case of a same sex marriage.

You must send the certificate to the wedding official.

It's up to you if you send it digitally or in the mail. Your personal information will be safeguarded if you send it via encrypted e-mail or in a closed envelope.

Remember to pre-book an appointment with the wedding official for the marriage ceremony.

To the wedding official you must legitimize with passport, driver's license or debit card with picture.

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The Tax Administration sends you their best wishes for the day and your future together!

The wedding official must send documents to the Tax Administration within three days after the marriage has been entered into.

If you have changed your name and are going on honeymoon abroad, remember to get a new passport. Make sure the name in your passport matches the name on your ticket.

If the names do not match, you could experience problems when checking in. Need a new passport? Contact your local police station.

In that case, we recommend that you wait to change your name. In peak periods we need more time to process your case. And if you’re also getting a new passport, you might not have enough time. It’s not required by Norwegian law to change your name when you get married. It’s easy to change your name once you come back home.

The Norwegian Tax Administration will send you your marriage certificate. If you don't live at the same address, the certificate will be sent to the bride/the person who is the youngest in the case of a same sex marriage.