Residence cards

A residence card is a plastic card in credit card format that proves that you have been granted a residence permit in Norway.
  • Everyone who holds a residence permit in Norway and who is not an EU/EEA national must have such a card. If you have a residence permit, please go to "Received an answer" for information about how to obtain a residence card.
  • The card is valid for the same period as your residence permit. Once your residence permit expires, you must apply for a new residence permit in order to be issued a new residence card.
  • If you have a permanent residence permit, the card is valid for two years. If you have permanent right of residence, the card is valid for ten years. You must order a new card before the card expires.
  • You must present the card in the event of an inspection. If you do not have it with you, you may be asked to fetch it. 
  • Unless otherwise stated on the card, it also proves that you are entitled to travel freely in the Schengen area. You should therefore bring the card with you when you travel abroad. You must always bring your passport as well. You can visit other Schengen countries for up to 90 days during a period of 180 days. 

Among other things, the card contains your photo, signature and fingerprints. The fingerprints are only stored on the card itself, nowhere else.