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 the topic ‘Choosing an organisational form’.


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 fulfil 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).

If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country and are planning to run a business in Norway, you must find out the rules that apply concerning residence permits.

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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).

Founding and registering a private limited company

  1. Found the company by completing the form 'Foundation of a limited company'.
  2. Ask the bank to set up a share capital account. Pay in the share capital and ask for confirmation of receipt from the bank. (If the share capital is to consist of non-cash assets (non-cash contribution), an opening balance and a statement signed by the founders and confirmed by the auditor must be prepared).

  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 from your bank, a letter of undertaking from an auditor (where applicable) must be enclosed.
  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 the letter of undertaking.

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. Pay in the share capital and ask for confirmation of receipt from the bank. (If the share capital is to consist of non-cash assets (non-cash contribution), an opening balance and a statement signed by the founders and confirmed by the auditor must be prepared).
  3. Register the company using the form entitled 'Coordinated register notification'. Enclose the memorandum of association, articles of association, confirmation from the bank and a letter of undertaking from the auditor or board minutes confirming that your accounts are not to be audited.
    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 the letter of undertaking.

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. Pay in the share capital and ask for confirmation of receipt from the bank. (If the share capital is to consist of non-cash assets (non-cash contribution), an opening balance and a statement signed by the founders and confirmed by the auditor must be prepared).
  3. Register the company by completing the paper form for registering a private limited company (Coordinated register notification, Part 1 Main form) and applications for D numbers (one form for each person who requires a D number because they are to have a role in the business).
    Enclose confirmation from the bank, 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 stated on the form for registering a private limited company.

You will be notified once the registration process is complete.

Registering a private limited company costs NOK 6796 (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

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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