Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Norway
Allow at least 2 weeks from arrival in Norway to wedding date (2 weeks to process paperwork). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in Norwegian or English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Norway for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with and apostille stamp. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry (obtained from the Norwegian Embassy in your resident country or your Embassy in Norway. American citizens should book an appointment
- Q0151 Form
- Divorce decree and Declaration of Estate, if applicable
- Death certificate, if applicable
- Some places of worship may require additional documentation. It is recommended to contact the officiant prior to leaving on your trip, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Norway are civil. The ceremony is preformed in Norwegian or English. If either party does not speak either of these languages, an interpreter should be hired. Traditional, religious, non-denominational or secular ceremonies are not legally recognized, but can proceed a civil ceremony to fulfill the desires of the bride and groom-to-be.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Parental consent is necessary if either party is underage. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
To obtain a Norwegian Personal Identification Number, apply at the Office of the National Registrar (Sentralkontor for folkeregistrering) in Oslo.
Next, contact the County Court Judge or officiant in the area of Norway the couple plans to marry. You will be instructed to bring all documents or send photocopies in order to apply for the Norwegian Authorization of Marriage.
It may take up to 2 weeks to process paperwork.
Civil ceremonies are conducted by a Notary Public. Contact the City Recorder’s Office (byfogdembete) or District Court (tingrett) in the area you plan to marry to schedule the wedding date.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Norway” in the subject line.