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Norway - Change Your Name (Deed Poll)

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Rename electronic

Name changes can be made electronically by the Tax Administration.

Go to change in Tax Administration

Paper form

If you want to use paper form, must be notified for each person who will rename. Notification shall be sent to the tax office in the municipality where the person message applies resident. There are a guide in the message form. For more information about changing the name - see links at bottom of this page.

If you are a Norwegian citizen living abroad, and wish to change your name, you need to complete a name change form (Melding om endring av navn) and send it to the Norwegian Tax Administration, who is responsible for the National Registry. Name change notifications must be sent by post by applicants to the following address:

Skatt nord Hammerfest
9613 Hammerfest

Please note that all photocopied supporting documentation must be certified by a Norwegian authority (Embassy or Consulate).

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Certificate of Criminal Record
  • Request Addressed to the Minister of Justice
  • Application addressed to the Registrar
  • Identity Card (original and photocopy)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Contact the National Registry

Search by municipality to find your nearest Tax Office/Tax Collection Office

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You can change the first name, middle name and last name. Note that middle is not a first name. Name that can be taken as a surname may also be taken as a middle name.

You can change your own name and the name of children you have parental responsibility for, if they are under 18 years.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Reporting form for change

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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time[edit]

It takes about three weeks to process an application for a change of name. When we have approved your application, a letter confirming the change of name will be sent to your registered address. If your application is rejected, you will be notified of this electronically if you have chosen to communicate with the Tax Administration exclusively electronically. If you have not chosen this, the letter will be sent to your registered address.

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Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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If you wish to change your name, you must notify your local tax office so your new name may be registered correctly in the Norwegian National Registry (Folkeregisteret). Likewise, if your name has ever been changed it is your responsibility to make sure that the name change has been registered in the National Registry.

If you are under 18 years of age, the person or people who have parental responsibility for you must consent to the change of name. If the name change concerns a child over 12 years of age, the child must also give his or her consent.

Fill in the form entitled Melding om endring av navn" (Notification of change of name) and send it to your local tax office.

Required Information[edit]

  • Your name as listed on birth certificate or immigration or citizenship documents.
  • The full name you are applying to change to (if you are changing your name).
  • Date and place of birth
  • Marital status and details
  • Places of residence for last three months
  • Address for Correspondence

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Need for the Document[edit]

You can change your first name, middle name and surname. Note that your middle name is not a first name. Names which can be used as a surname may also be taken as a middle name.

Information which might help[edit]

You can change your own name, as well as the names of children for which you have parental responsibility if they are less than 18 years of age.

The appeal body is the county governor in the county in which you are resident. However, you must still send the appeal via the tax office.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

You may want to change your name because:

  • You have just gotten married
  • You have divorced
  • You just want a change
  • In case of adoption

External Links[edit]

Change of name (Endre navn)

National Registry

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If you are over 18, you will generally not be permitted to take, change or delete a first name or surname more than once every ten years. There are, however, exceptions. If you have taken, changed or deleted a name, you can still do the following within the next ten years:

  • Take the surname of a spouse or cohabiting partner who you have lived with for at least two years, or who you have children with
  • Take a surname which you have had previously
  • Take the surname of a step-parent, foster parent or adoptive parent
  • Change your first name back to the first name you had before you changed it
  • Take, change or omit a first name or surname if special reasons apply.