Changes in passport procedures
Last updated: 11/1/2009 //
Due to the implementation of biometric passports, the Honorary Consulates, including the Honorary Consulate General in Minneapolis, will no longer be able to accept passport applications for persons over 12 years of age. Please see below for a list of stations that are enabled to issue biometric passports. Please call ahead of time to make passport renewal appointments.
Passports for children under the age of 12.
Honorary Consulates which will still be able to process passport applications for children. Biometrics are not mandatory for children under the age of 12, so this group may still have their passport issued locally.
All Norwegian citizens must have a registered personal number in the National Registry before a passport application may be submitted at the Foreign Service Mission. Application for a national personal number may be placed with all Foreign Service Missions.
The reason for these changes is Norway’s compliance with Schengens requirements for mandatory biometrics in passports. Applicants shall, upon presenting themselves at the Foreign Service Mission, pay an application fee and thereafter submit their biometric data in the form of one photo, two fingerprints and a signature. Designated equipment for capturing biometric data will be placed at the Foreign Service Missions. Identical equipment will be put to use at police stations and passport offices in Norway starting the same date.
Information about the applicant will be stored in accordance with the applicable laws, rules and regulations at any given time.
The applicants may choose which Embassy or Consulate General they wish to file the passport application with. They may also apply for passport at any police station or passport office while visiting Norway. Delivery/distribution of the passport will take place as it does today, at the designated Embassy or Consulate. In some countries, the applicant may also receive the passport through registered mail to the local post office.
In addition to the Embassy in Washington D.C., the following Consulates General can receive passport applications:
- Consulate General New York
- Consulate General Houston
- Consulate General San Francisco