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.

Download control guides

Verification and lost documents

Check whether a Norwegian 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.