If your foreign driver's license is issued in a country outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein you must swap it for a Danish driver's license if you wish to drive a car in Denmark while living here.
Your foreign driver's license is only valid for 90 days after you have moved permanently to Denmark.
You need to take both a theoretical and a practical test before you can swap your foreign driver's license to a Danish driver's license.
Your driver’s license has to be issued either before you enter Denmark or within a period of at least 6 months in which you have not had an officially registered address in Denmark. If your driver’s license is valid when you submit it for exchange with a Danish driver’s license, you can get a temporary Danish driver’s license for use while your case is being processed by the police, but only if you apply within 90 days of taken up residence in Denmark. If you apply after 90 days of taken residence in Denmark Borgerservice will not issue a temporary license.
The driver’s license must be written in English; if not, you must bring a translation made by a certified translator or the issuing country’s embassy in Denmark. Alternatively, it should be issued in accordance with the EU model (looks like a Danish driver’s license).
You need to make an appointment with and then meet up in person at Borgerservice and bring the following documents:
- A medical certificate issued by your own doctor in a sealed envelope.
- A photo together with the medical certificate stamped by your own doctor. The photo must comply with the driving license photo requirements, which you can see at the Police's website.
- Your driver's license.
- Residence Permit, if you are a Nordic citizen bring your passport.
- A translation if the driving license is not written in English or is not issued in accordance with the EU model.
- Cash or dankort/visa-dankort for payment of the swap.
A list of countries in EU.