Get married in Sortland

A civil ceremony is a non-religious, legal marriage ceremony. The Norwegian marriage law is gender-neutral.
To get married in Sortland, you need to do two things:

  • Book an appointment for your marriage ceremony
  • Apply for a Certificate of no impediment (prøvingsattest). The certificate is valid for 4 months and must be valid on the day of the marriage ceremony.

Apply for a Certificate of no impediment to enter into Marriage (prøvingsattest)

Apply for a Certificate of no impediment at the Tax Administration.

The processing time can take about 5-6 weeks. Make sure you apply well ahead of time.
The certificate should be delivered to the Servicetorget at Sortland Rådhus (City Hall) as soon as possible.

Book time for the wedding ceremony

Use link below to book available dates. The application is only available in norwegian.
You can choose to held the ceremony in the Kommunestyresalen (Municipal Council Hall), Minnelunden or Havsøye. 

Booking (log in)


If you get married in normally work time, from 10 a.m - 3.30 p.m. Monday-Friday it will be free. After 3,30. p.m. and on Saturday it will cost 1000 NOK.

The wedding day

The marriage ceremony is held in the Kommunestyresalen (Municipal Council Hall) on the second floor of Sortland Rådhus/City Hall. The City Hall ensures that the room is decorated.

The marriage ceremony lasts for 10-15 minutes and is based on the civil marriage form. You can choose whether the ceremony is held in Norwegian or English.

The ceremonies are led by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor or municipal employees appointed by the city council.

You can exchange rings if you wish.

What do you need to do?

  • On the day of your marriage ceremony, you must present valid identification. Passports and Norwegian issued driver's licenses are considered valid IDs. Digital ID cards are not accepted.
  • Two adult witnesses need to be present during the ceremony.
  • If you need translation during the ceremony, you must bring a qualified interpreter.
  • When you submit your certificate of no impediment, it is important that you check it for comments. If there is a comment regarding legal stay in Norway, you need to send us documentation of legal stay at least one week before the marriage ceremony.

If these conditions are not met, the marriage ceremony will be postponed or cancelled.

Marriage certificate
You will receive a temporary marriage certificate from us after the ceremony. Confirmation of the marriage (marriage certificate) will be sent to your inbox in Altinn after a few days. If you are not a digital user or reside outside of Norway, you will receive a confirmation of the marriage at your registered address.

Gender-neutral marriage

The Norwegian marriage law is gender-neutral. This means that same sex couples can get married in Norway. Previously entered partnerships can be converted into marriage upon application to the National Registry.

Contact us

Thelephone: 76 10 90 00 (phone hours Mondays-Fridays 10. a.m. - 2 p.m.)