ID number and opening a bank account

National ID number

EU/EEA citizens

Students staying for more than six months must register in the National Registry. If you are living in Oslo, you must register and book an appointment at The Service Center for Foreign Workers (Skatt Øst/ Skatt øst is located in Schweigaardsgate 17.

You must bring:

  • Police registration certificate
  • Passport
  • Tenancy contract
  • Admission letter

At the Service Center you must fill in the form Notfication of move to Norway from abroad.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

If you are a student from a country outside of the EU/EEA area, you will register for the National Registry at the same time as you meet with the police to order a residence permit card.  

  • The police will notify the Tax Administration (Skatt Øst) on your behalf. 
  • The Tax Administration will send you a letter with your national ID number.  

Important: You must notify the police if you have changed your address, so that the correct residence address is registered in the National Registry. 

Please see the UDI's website for more details on how to get a national identity number.

Tax deduction card

If you plan to work while studying in Norway you need to apply for a tax deduction card, and meet with the Tax Administration (Skatt Øst).

For more information, please see the Tax Administration's website on how foreign citizens apply for tax cards.

Opening a bank account

Staying for 2 semesters or more (more than 6 months)

If you are staying for more than 6 months you must have a Norwegian ID number before you can open a bank account.

  • Meet up personally at the bank of your choice
  • Bring your National ID card or passport
  • Please expect several weeks for the account to be opened

Staying for 1 semester (less than 6 months)

It has recently been brought to our attention that it is nearly impossible for those who are in Norway for six months or less (one semester) to open a Norwegian bank account. UiO therefore recommends that you bring with you a credit card (visa/master) that can be used in Norway/Europe during your stay in Norway.

However, if you still would like to open a bank account you must go to the bank of your choice and ask for this service. The bank must then apply for a D-number for you. Remember that this is an extra service and that some banks might say no. Please expect several weeks for the account to be opened.

Have you transferred money to the SiO Deposit account?

Some Non-EU students have transferred money to the SiO Deposit account in connection with their residence permit application.

In order to have the money transferred back to your Norwegian bank account, you must fill out this form.


Contact Knutepunktet - International Student Reception


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Published Apr. 9, 2014 10:37 AM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2019 1:56 PM