In order to obtain a licence to serve alcoholic beverages, the general manager of the serving establishment must have passed the New Licensee Test. The requirement also applies on change of general manager. The test is intended to ensure that the person responsible for a serving establishment has the necessary knowledge about financial management and alcohol legislation to run the business properly.

The test is based on the study manual “Læremateriell – etablererprøven for serveringsvirksomhet.” The manual was prepared for the Ministry of Trade and Industry by VINN and can be ordered on or on tel. 7696 7200. You can also purchase access to practice tests here.

Taking the test

The New Licensee Test is a multiple-choice test. To pass the test 40 out of 50 answers must be correct.

Aids: Copies of the legislation or appendices to the study manual. Interpreter not allowed. Dictionaries are no longer allowed, cf Circular K-01/2013 - revision relating to the New Licensee Test in the Food and Alcohol Service Act - change in permitted aids

Time available: 90 minutes. Extra time may be allocated for an adapted test, for example for persons with reading difficulties/dyslexia. The requirement must be documented with a doctor’s certificate. The maximum extension is 30 minutes.

Valid proof of identity must be furnished. The test costs NOK 400, to be paid before the test is taken.

The test can be taken at the service desk in Bodø Town Hall, Kongens gate 23 (main entrance from Torvgata 9). The test can only be taken in Norwegian.

 Contact the service desk on tel. 7555 5000 to arrange a time.

You will find links to the Food and Alcohol Service Act and Regulations relating to the New Licensee Test for general managers on the right under related links.

Issue of certificate

All who pass the New Licensee Test receive a certificate. It must be looked after, as it is the document that proves you have the necessary knowledge to be general manager of a serving establishment. The certificate is valid indefinitely.



Registration for the test

Contact the service desk on tel. 7555 5000 or by email on

Related links

Vinn-verdiskaping i norsk næringsliv (‘Vinn - value creation in Norwegian Business Life’ - Norwegian only).

Serveringsloven (‘The Food and Alcohol Service Act’ - Norwegian only).

Forskrift om etablererprøve (‘Regulations on the New Licensee Test’ - Norwegian only).

Other enquiries

If you have any questions about the New Licensee Test, contact Executive officer: Linda Rostad, 7559 3314/7555 5000, email: