Starting and registering a private limited company (AS)

When you start a private limited company, you must choose a name, found the company and obtain share capital. The company must then be registered. If you are unsure whether a private limited company is the right form of incorporation for you, read about the other options under 'choosing form of incorporation'.


Conditions for starting a private limited company:

  • Private limited companies can be founded by one or more people. Both natural and legal persons (such as private limited companies) can be founders.
  • You must be aged 18 or over in order to be a founder or perform another role in a private limited company.
  • The company must have a Norwegian business address (i.e. a Norwegian physical address which is stated in the format: street/road, house number, postcode and postal town. Postbox addresses will not be accepted).

Founding and registering a private limited company

How to found and register a private limited company when those who are to perform roles in the company have a Norwegian national ID number or D-number.

  1. Found the company by completing and signing the form 'Foundation of a limited company'.
  2. Ask the bank to set up a share capital account. Deposit the share capital (minimum NOK 30,000) and ask for confirmation of receipt from the bank. The confirmation can also be given by an auditor, a lawyer or authorized accountant. If the share capital consists of other assets (non-cash contribution), the value of these assets must be confirmed by an auditor.
  3. Register the company by following the link to register in the Register of Business Enterprises in the notification you received in your Inbox in Altinn. Confirmation that the share capital has been deposited must be enclosed.
  4. Send the notification for signing. You will then receive a notification for signing in your Altinn inbox, which you will use in order to sign the form. The entire board of directors must electronically sign the notification, and the bank must electronically sign the confirmation to verify that the share capital has been paid in. If the company has chosen to have an auditor, the auditor must electronically sign the notification.

You will be notified when the company has been registered via your Inbox in Altinn.

Registering a private limited company costs NOK 5570 (one-off fee from the Register of Business Enterprises).

Upon registration, the company will be assigned an organisation number.

  1. Found the company by preparing and signing a memorandum of association and articles.
  2. Ask the bank to set up a share capital account. Deposit the share capital (minimum NOK 30,000) and ask for confirmation of receipt from the bank. The confirmation can also be given by an auditor, a lawyer or authorized accountant. If the share capital consists of other assets (non-cash contribution), the value of these assets must be confirmed by an auditor.
  3. Register the company using the form entitled 'Coordinated register notification'. Attach the memorandum of association, articles of association, and a confirmation that the share capital has been deposited.

    Samordnet registermelding (Varianter for nedlasting) (in Norwegian only)

  4. Send the notification for signing and sign the notification. The entire board of directors must electronically sign the notification, and the bank must electronically sign the confirmation to verify that the share capital has been paid in. If the company has chosen to have an auditor, the auditor must electronically sign notification.

You will be notified when the company has been registered via your Inbox in Altinn.

Registering a private limited company costs NOK 5570 (one-off fee from the Register of Business Enterprises).

Upon registration, the company will be assigned an organisation number.

  1. Found the company by preparing and signing a memorandum of association and articles of association.
  2. Ask the bank to set up a share capital account. Deposit the share capital (minimum NOK 30,000) and ask for confirmation of receipt from the bank. The confirmation can also be given by an auditor, a lawyer or authorized accountant. If the share capital consists of other assets (non-cash contribution), the value of these assets must be confirmed by an auditor.
  3. Register the company by completing the paper form for registering a private limited company (Coordinated register notification, Part 1 Main form) and Request for assignment of D-numbers (one form for each person who requires a d number because they are to have a role in the business).
    Enclose confirmation that the share capital has been deposited, any letter of undertaking from an auditor and a certified copy of valid identification for the person or persons who are applying for a D-number.

    Request for assignment of a D-number


    Coordinated register notification, Part 1 Main form (in Norwegian only)

  4. Send the forms to the postal address prnted on theCoordinated Register Notification.

You will be notified once the registration process is complete.

Registering a private limited company costs NOK 6797 (one-off fee from the Register of Business Enterprises).

Upon registration, the company will be assigned an organisation number.

 

Limited company

Register a limited company

Foreign Citizen

If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country, and are planning to run a business in Norway, you need to have a residence permit that will allow you to work here. You can find information about the terms and requirements for resident permit on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) website.

Directorate of Immigration - apply for a residence permit

Naming a private limited company

Private limited companies must have the form of incorporation 'aksjeselskap' or the abbreviation 'AS' either before or after the company name. More about choosing names (domain names, business names and trademarks).

Deadline for registration

Notification of the registration of the company must be received by the Register of Business Enterprises no later than three months after the company is founded. Companies cannot normally take on obligations until they have been registered.

How long does it take?

The Brønnøysund Register Centre's case processing times vary during the year.

Oppdatert oversikt over saksbehandlingstidene (in Norwegian only)

Running a private limited company

Once you have registered a company, you should familiarise yourself with the rules for running a private limited company.

Aksjeloven (in Norwegian only)

Foretaksregisterloven om førstegangsregistrering (in Norwegian only)

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