The police develop ID services intended to better enable public and private actors to carry out appropriate ID checks. The service is intended to support overall ID management and help ensure that every person only has one identity in Norway.

Identity check

  • Request a proof of identity. What makes an ID document sufficient depends on the circumstances of the ID check and must be decided by the person carrying out the check. Documents deemed to be reliable ID documents include passports and ID cards.
  • Check the document for damages. If damaged, you should consider whether or not to accept it as a proof of identity. 
  • Check the information from the ID document:
    • Check the expiry date. 
    • Compare and check all photos for resemblance. 
    • Name and date of birth.

When you have checked the ID document, make sure that the document belongs to the person presenting the document.

  • Check the person presenting the document:
    • Compare the photo in the document to the person in front of you. Is this the same person?
    • Check the height listed in the document. Does it match the person’s height?
    • Question the person about the information in the document, for instance the date of birth.
  • If you have reason to suspect that the document does not belong to the person presenting the document, you should ask someone for a second opinion. 

If you lend valuables to someone it is wise to ask for a copy of his or her ID document. Preserve the copy in compliance with the applicable rules.

ID document control guides

Control guides for how to check Norwegian passports and ID cards are provided on this website. The guides describe the security features of these documents and how to check them.

Verification and lost documents

About the service

The service is intended to better enable public and private actors to carry out appropriate ID checks.

  • The service is intended to support overall ID management and help ensure that every person only has one identity in Norway.
  • The service is part of the efforts to support document control of electronic passports and national ID cards, but cannot alone determine whether such documents are genuine and correct.

The police offer a masterlist containing certificates for all Norwegian electronic passports and national ID cards. The list also contains certificates for a series of foreign passports and national ID cards.
By reading the chip in an electronic passport or national ID card, the masterlist certificates can confirm whether the document's certificate is genuine and original

How to use the service

Public agencies, private companies and private individuals, both in Norway and abroad, can use the masterlist. The masterlist must be integrated in your computer system before you can use it. The masterlist also requires that you use a chip-enabled passport reader/NFC reader.

If you are currently using a commercial ID services supplier, you can ask them to integrate the service in their system, provided you have a chip-enabled passport reader/NFC reader.

  • Read the terms of use for the masterlist (197 kB pdf)
  • Download masterlist
    • The service returns standard HTTP response headers like ETag and Last-Modified, that can be used to find out whether there is a new version.
    • When using automatic downloads, we recommend using a conditional GET request, ensuring that the masterlist is only downloaded if there are any changes to the file. 
    • It is also possible to use a HEAD request to retrieve these metadata without downloading the file.

In 2021, a new online service will be launched, where you will be able to check whether a passport or national ID card has been reported lost or stolen.

The service will be able to check whether a Norwegian passport or national ID card has been reported lost or stolen by entering the document number. The service will be launched in March 2021, and you will find it on this page.