Advice and practical information for moving within the country and abroad.
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Start by Registering Your Move
You need to register your move with Registers Iceland within 7 days of moving, which can be done online or at the Registers Iceland offices in Reykjavík and Akureyri with a certified ID. Other items may be required depending on specific circumstances as detailed below.
You may change your legal domicile to take effect up to 14 days in the past, or if you have supporting documents that verify your address for a certain period, you can change the effective date up to one year before the date the request is made.
Remember that the postal system is not automatically notified of your new address, so you need to remember to notify the post office of your move as well.
Moving within Iceland
You must register your move with Registers Iceland within 7 days of moving. This can be done online or or at the offices of Registers Iceland in Reykjavík and Akureyri as long as you have a certified ID. Individuals 18 and older must register their moves themselves.
Only a residential property may be registered as a legal domicile and if under construction, the property must have already reached progress stage 4. Under certain circumstances individuals may register their legal domicile at certain institutions or housing resource programs.
Moving Back to Iceland from Abroad
When an Icelandic citizen moves back to Iceland from abroad you must register your new address online within 7 days of moving. After beginning the process online, you will need to complete the process in person at a Registers Iceland office in Reykjavik or Akureyri or a local police station, where you will need to present your travel documents. At that point the move is registered.
If, however, you're a Nordic citizen (including Icelandic citizens) moving to Iceland from one of the other Nordic countries, you can fill out and print form A-258 from Registers Iceland (available below), but you must present the form in person to complete the process at one of the Registers Iceland offices or a local police station.
For foreign nationals moving to Iceland, there are different regulations depending on if you are a Nordic foreign national, other EEA/EFTA foreign national or foreign national from outside the EEA/EFTA region. Please see the section on type: entry-hyperlink id: 2uddEpWhsRU0DxTIRTgDHD for more information.
When moving abroad you must register your move with Registers Iceland within 7 days of moving. In the case of married or cohabitating couples, the spouse must give their approval for the move.
When moving to another Nordic country, the individual must register the move with the relevant office in the host country so that the various rights and privileges can be transferred between countries.
Changing the Legal Domicile of a Minor
Registering a new legal domicile for a minor in shared parental custody will only be accepted by Registers Iceland if both parents have given their approval. If the minor is moving from one parent with shared custody to another, you must also submit an agreement to update the legal domicile of a minor from the district commissioner's office.
If the minor is moving to a third party, you must also submit approval from the third party and approval from at least one of the parents with custody if the parents are married or registered as cohabitating.
If one parent has full custody, then their signature is sufficient, but the non-custodial parent must be notified of the new legal domicile at least six weeks before it takes effect.
When the move is international (to or from Iceland), you must also submit information on the custody arrangement from the minor's home country. This enables the new country to register the minor's custody arrangement and simplifies other aspects of the minor's move to the new country.
Changing Legal Domicile as a Couple
As a rule, partners in marriage and partners registered as cohabitating share the same legal domicile. However, partners are allowed to register different legal domiciles if both partners agree to the registration.
If the couple wishes to enter a trial separation, this information should be provided in the comment section when registering their new legal domiciles with Registers Iceland. A legal divorce, however, is processed by the district commissioner. If a legal divorce has been finalized abroad, supporting documents will need to be presented.
If a couple decides to register their legal domicile together again after a trial separation, approval is needed from both partners. Once a couple has registered their legal domicile together again the legal implications of the trial separation are removed.
When you move, in many cases you need to submit the final readings from your electricity and hot water meters. The relevant utility will normally accept a reading from the departing or new residents.
To move your Internet connection to your home you need to submit a request to your Internet service provider.
Property Taxes, Public Sewage Fee and Trash Collection
Property taxes are always levied on the legal owner of a residential property. When a property is sold, the taxes and other public fees associated with the property are generally transferred when the deed is signed. Property taxes are calculated based on the property's assessed value and generally includes fees associated with trash collection, but that may vary from municipality to municipality. Public water and sewage fees are based on the property taxes plus a fee per square meter.
So when you move your property taxes and public water and sewage fees will inevitably change depending on the size of the property and any other extra charges for the location.
Moving Children between Schools
When you move into a new school district, you need to notify the relevant municipality and apply to any preschool or primary school as the case may be.
Daycare facilities/child minders are not administered by local authorities, so you'll have to deal directly with the facilities/child minder. Once a child has been allotted a spot in daycare you can apply for a subsidy to the municipality.