Checklist for application to keep your Norwegian citizenship (retention of citizenship)

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The applicant is a citizen of : Norway

DUF number/date of birth:

This is what you need to do

  • Print out this list.
  • Check the boxes.
  • Sign and date the list.
  • Bring the list along with the required documents and your copies when you hand these in to the local police.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have handed in all documents on the list which are required for your application. If you do not hand in all necessary documents, you must hand in a written explanation of why you have not. If all relevant documents are not handed in, this may lead to you having to wait longer for an answer or your application being turned down.

You have to show the original documents

It is important that you bring along the original documents when you show up for your appointment with the police.

You must bring your own copies of the original documents with translation

Before your appointment with the police you have to take copies of all original documents you are handing in with your application and bring them along. The police can confirm your copy as a true copy. The police will keep the copy and you may bring your original document home.

Documents that are in another language than Norwegian or English must be translated into Norwegian or English.

The translation must be confirmed by an authorized translator or public interpreter. You must have the document translated before you hand in your application. It is your responsibility to see to the translation and to pay for the costs. 

Documents which you must hand in regarding yourself 

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The passports do not have to be valid. If you are a citizen of a country, but have never had a passport from this country, you do not need to hand one in. If you have a European national ID card, you can hand in this instead of a passport. 

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If you were not born in Norway.

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The cover letter is the attachment you received via email when you registered your application online. Please print it and bring it with you. If you are handing in your application at a Danish embassy, please bring a filled-out application form instead. (

Documents which you must hand in regarding your parents

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Only applies if

  • your parents are, or have been, married, and
  • your father was Norwegian when you were born, and
  • you were born before 1 September 2006.

Documents your must hand in if you are only a citizen of Norway

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You can for example hand in your residence card, or another type of confirmation which shows that you have a residence permit in this country, or a confirmation from the embassy of this country. 

Documents you must hand in if you have lived in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland or Finland

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For example a printout from the National Registry.

Documents you must hand in if you apply after you have turned 22