Basic benefit

Basic benefits cover necessary additional expenses incurred due to permanent injuries, illness, disabilities or congenital malformations.

Who are entitled to basic benefits?

You may be entitled to basic benefits if you have to pay additional expenses healthy people do not.

The term additional expenses covers recurrent expenses incurred as a result of a disease or an injury—expenses you did not have before. If it is not possible to compare your current situation to the expenses you had before, your expenses will be compared to the expenses healthy people have to meet the same need.

To qualify for basic benefits, these additional expenses normally have to last 2–3 years or more as a result of your medical condition. Medication is not covered by the basic benefit.

What is covered?

Basic benefit is paid as 6 different rates. Your total additional expenses determine which rate you qualify for. Your additional expenses must be equivalent to at least rate 1.

Basic benefit only cover additional expenses incurred in connection with:

  1. operation of assistive technology.
  2. transport (text in Norwegian). The basic benefit will cover the difference between your transport-related expenses when you were healthy and your current transport-related expenses.
  3. guide dog (text in Norwegian)
  4. operation of a text phone and in special cases a regular telephone. Regular telephone expenses are only covered in special cases. These include individuals who are completely dependent on a telephone to be able to communicate with others, and who also have limited financial resources. Basic benefits do not cover expenses related to mobile phones.
  5. the use of prostheses, support bandages, etc.
    Individuals who use above-the-wrist arm prostheses or above-the-ankle leg prostheses automatically qualify for rate 1 of the basic benefit.
  6. additional food expenses due to special dietary restrictions.  The dietary restrictions for the diagnosis in question must be scientifically documented and generally accepted in medical practice. The special diet must help alleviate the medical condition. The diagnosis must be made by a specialist. Some diagnoses, including coeliac disease and cystic fibrosis, qualify sufferers for basic benefit at fixed rates without the person having to document his or her additional expenses. As of March 1, 2019, those diagnosed with celiac disease receive two basic rates. Those who are between 5 and 30 years get rate 3, all others get rate 2. Other diagnoses involving food intolerances and additional food expenses due to special dietary needs are assessed individually.
  7. additional wear of clothing, bed linen, shoes and boots as a result of having to wash them more often or added wear as a result of use. From 1 March 2019, anyone with diagnosed hyperkinetic disorders, including ADHD hyperactivity, will be granted basic benefit rate 1 upon application. Read more about the regulations.

Rates for Basic benefit, Attendance benefit and Higher rate attendance benefit

How long can you receive basic benefits?

There is no age limit on basic benefits, with the exception that additional transport-related expenses as a result of impaired functional ability after the age of 70 are not covered.

Your need for the benefit and the rates you qualify for may change over time. If your application is granted, you may at a later date receive notice that your benefit will be reassessed. In these cases, you will receive a letter requesting that you submit information about your current situation, and documentation that you still need the benefit.

How to apply

You must submit a written application for basic benefit. The form is listed under the heading of “Form and application”

In your application, you must provide the name of the doctor or doctors treating you, and the doctor’s address. You do not need to submit medical information.

If you are applying for basic benefits to cover wear and tear on clothing and bed linen, you must include the form “Ekstrautgifter til slitasje på klær og sengetøy”.

You must also provide documentation of the additional expenses (e.g. receipts or a summary or list of likely recurring expenses). Normally, you must document your additional expenses by providing receipts from a period of no less than three months.

When applying for basic benefit due to ADHD or hyperkinetic disorder, you do not need to enclose documentation for extra expenses.

If you are applying for basic benefits to cover transport-related expenses, you must include the form “Grunnstønad til særskilt transport/drift av egen bil”. 

Report changes

If your need for basic benefits changes, or your income or family and/or work situation changes, or if you move or are planning a stay abroad, this may significantly affect your payments from NAV.  That is why you must  report any changes to NAV immediately.


See Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding. You can also check your payments using the Utbetalingsoversikt service. 

If the benefit is for your child, you will not find information about the payment here, as benefits to children under the age of 18 are paid to the child’s bank account.

If this bank account has not been registered, or if you specified another account number, please let us know (text in Norwegian). Read more about changing account numbers or contact information.

The annual statement will be sent to the child. Call NAV at 55 55 33 33 for payment information about your child. 

Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.