Norway: notarial and documentary services

How someone in Norway can get documents certified or witnessed, take an oath of British citizenship and obtain informative notes.


The British embassy can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Norway.

Where local notaries can provide services, the British embassy will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

Some services may be available by post. You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance.

Use the links after each service to make an appointment.

Before booking, make sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority.

This could be the local town hall, registry office, tax authorities, immigration office or another authority either in Norway, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Norway

Consular staff in Norway can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of a British passport/document

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see our getting married aborad.

If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, see other services provided by the British Embassy in Norway.

What to bring to your appointment

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for any fees. See the full list of consular fees.


We accept payment by Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard on the day of the appointment.

Proof of address and identity

For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address.

We accept passports, debit/credit cards or national identity cards as proof of identity.

We accept documents stating your address that you have received in the post as proof of your address.

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular officer.

You may need to make an affirmation or affidavit of marital status in order to get married in Norway if you have lived here for under 5 years. See getting married abroad to find out what you need to do.

The consular officer will not draft documents for you. First check with the embassy what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Oslo

Witness a signature

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appointment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills or probate, or witness deed polls.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to witness a signature in Oslo

Make a certified copy of a British passport

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to make a certified copy of a passport in Oslo

Customers who need certified photocopies of UK documents, or who need to obtain an ‘Apostille’ should follow guidance as listed on the Legalisation Office website.

Services provided elsewhere

The British Embassy in Oslo no longer handles applications for renunciation and naturalisation or registration as a British citizen. All applications are now handled by the UK Border Agency.

Data protection

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy / consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCDO and the British embassy / consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.

Published 5 April 2013
Last updated 5 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. added booking system links

  2. Clickbook to be used for booking appointments for notarial and documentary services.

  3. Online appointment booking system changed for Consular services in Norway.

  4. New life certificates information.

  5. First published.