The passport office takes the photo that will go in your passport.

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You must bring your own photo, you should get it taken by a professional photographer. You can also use an automated photo booth. If you use an automated photo booth, make sure the picture meets the passport photo requirements . The person must be easily recognisable in the photo.


  • The passport photo must measure 45 x 35 mm.
  • The photo must be printed on paper. You cannot submit a digital photo.
  • The photo can be in black and white or in colour.
  • The photo must not be more than six months old.
  • Photos of children under three years of age should be taken as recently as possible.
  • The photo must show you facing forward and looking straight at the camera (focus on the eyes).
  • The photo must show your whole head and the top of your shoulders, with no background shadow.
  • Both eyes and both ears must be completely visible.
  • Your face must cover 70–80 per cent of the picture's surface.
  • You cannot use any form of head covering in a passport photo (no caps, hats or headscarves).
  • You must have a neutral expression on your face. Your mouth must be closed.
  • You must not be wearing glasses when the photo is taken.


  • Do you cover your head for religious reasons, because you are ill or for some other special reason? If so, you can use that headcovering in the photo. But it must be likely that you will use a similar headcovering whenever you go through passport control.
  • The headcovering must not hide any part of your face or more of your head than necessary. Both ears must be completely visible.
  • You can use hairclips or a small hairband, but nothing must hide any part of your face. Hair accessories must not stand out in the picture.

Your passport is only valid as long as we can recognise you from the photo. In addition, the passport must not have been changed or damaged.

  • Passports for those aged 16 and over are valid for 10 years.
  • Passports for children under 16 are valid for a shorter period:
    • 0–5 years: valid for 2 years.
    • 5–10 years: valid for 3 years.
    • 10–16 years : valid for 5 years.

Some countries will not let you enter if your passport has less than a certain amount of time remaining before it expires. See the Norwegian Foreign Ministry's travel information for further details. Read more about valid travel documents.

Everyone over the age of 10 must sign their own passport. If the passport is for a child under the age of 10 or for someone who cannot write their own name, the words "Not able to sign" will be printed where the signature normally goes.

  • The name you use for your signature must be the same as the one recorded in the Norwegian National Registry.

• You can use a short form of your name when you sign the passport, if you normally do so. You are not allowed to sign using your initials only. (In other words, just the first letters of your first name and surname.)
• You must sign your name using the Latin/Roman alphabet. You are not allowed to use special symbols, such as a smiley or a flower.

The passport will state where you were born – both the place and the country.

The information in your passport must match the information recorded in the Norwegian National Registry. If your place of birth is not recorded in the National Registry, your passport will give your country of birth under both place of birth and country of birth.

It is important that the police are certain who you are. Your old passport is generally good enough proof of your identity. But it must still be valid or have expired less than three months ago.

If you are you are applying for a passport for the first time or it is more than three months since your old passport expired, bring the following items with you:

  • A valid Norwegian driving licence or some other equally secure identity document containing your photo and national identity number (a bank card with your photo, for example).
  • A previously expired passport, if you have one.

You must have parental responsibility for any child you are applying for a passport for. You must be able to document who you are.

If you do not have any valid proof of identity, the police can ask you to bring a Norwegian citizen with a valid Norwegian passport with you to the passport office. The Norwegian citizen must be able to confirm who you are. By itself, this is not enough, but we can take it into account along with other documentation that can confirm your identity.

If you used to be a foreign citizen, you must bring your certificate of Norwegian citizenship with you.

When you apply for a passport, you must confirm your identity and that you are a Norwegian citizen. You must be a Norwegian citizen to get a Norwegian passport.

You will lose your Norwegian citizenship if you apply for citizenship of another country. You must notify the Norwegian authorities if you have been granted citizenship of another country.

If you have recently been granted Norwegian citizenship, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) can require you to give up your previous citizenship by a certain date. In that case, it will say in your passport that it is valid up until the date on which you risk losing your Norwegian citizenship.

If you have lived outside Norway for most of your life, you may have lost your Norwegian citizenship when you turned 22 years old. See the UDI's website for more information.

Contact the UDI if you have any questions about Norwegian citizenship.