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Last modified: 10.07.2018

Upon arrival

Converting your driving license

You will in some cases need to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

You can obtain a Danish driving licence at your local Citizen Service (Borgerservice). You must bring along your:

  • National driving licence
  • CPR card
  • Passport or birth certificate
  • Valid residence permit/certificate
  • Passport photo
  • A medical certificate issued by your doctor
  • The exchange fee is DKK 280 (2016 rate).

If your current driving licence is not in the Latin alphabet, you must present a certified translation of the licence. If you have any questions, or need to find a certified translator, contact your local Citizen Service for help.

For more details on the process of exchanging your licence, see Life in Denmark.dk.

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    Driving licences issued in a Non-EU/EEA Country

    When relocating to Denmark with a non-EU/EEA driving licence, you may be required to exchange your licence for a Danish equivalent within 90 days and complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and a practical part) prior to the exchange. Depending on the country of issue, you may need to change your driving license.

    Please notice that the countries are divided into Group 1 countries, Group 2 countries and Other countries. Read more about Group 1, Group 2 and Other countries

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    Driving licences issued in an EU/EEA Country

    If your driving licence was issued in the Faroe Islands or in an EU Member State or an EEA country, you do not need to exchange your driving licence. Consequently, you are allowed to drive the same type of vehicles in Denmark as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

     

    Requirements

    In order to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence, you must meet the age-related requirements that apply to the issue of a corresponding Danish driving licence (with certain exemptions regarding driving licences from EU Member States and EEA countries).

    Furthermore, the validity periods of Faroese driving licences which allow the holder to drive after the age of 70, are not accepted in Denmark.

    Even if you are not required to exchange your foreign driving licence to at Danish driving licence, you may apply to have your driving licence exchanged, if you wish to do so.