A Personal Number (Personnummer) is the equivalent of a personal identification number or Social Security number. It is an 11-digit number, where the first 6 numbers reflect your birthdate (e.g. if your birthdate is 1st Jan 1985, your personal number will be 010185 XXXXX).
The doorway to the Norwegian society for foreigners is through this personal number which is issued by the local tax office. You must meet in person at your local tax office where they will register you as a resident in Norway, and award you with your personal number (arrives to your registered residential address within 10 days to 4 weeks).
The personal number is the pre-requisite to:
- opening a bank account
- paying taxes
- gaining access to public health services
- purchase of internet/mobile phone subscriptions
- application for conversion of your foreign driving license or application for a Norwegian driving license
If your stay is shorter than 6 months in Norway, you will be given a D-number (dummy number). These numbers are similar in structure to the personal numbers, but 4 is added to the first digit.
If you have not previously been given a D-number, you will be assigned a D-number when you apply for a tax deduction card. Once you have a D-number, you must use the same number in all contexts where your personal number or D-number is requested.
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