If you have a foreign licence from outside EU

If your foreign driving licence is issued in a country outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein you must swap it for a Danish driving licence if you wish to drive a car in Denmark while living here.

Your foreign driving licence 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 driving licence to a Danish one.

Your driving licence 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 driving licence is valid when you submit it for exchange with a Danish version, you can get a temporary Danish one 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 licence.

The driving licence 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 no longer that 3 months ago 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 driving licence.
  • Residence Permit, if you are a Nordic citizen bring your passport.
  • A translation if the driving licence 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.

How to swap your driving licence

In order to swap your driving licence, you must make an appointment with Borgerservice (Citizen Service).

Address:

Citizen Service Nyropsgade
Nyropsgade 7
1602 København V

Opening hours

Driving licences issued in an EU country, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein

If you have a driving licence from an EU country or Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein, you can use it in Denmark for as long as it is valid. If your driving license is issued for the first time in a country outside the EU you are only allowed to drive with it for 90 days.

If you live in Denmark (if you are registered in the National Register and have been in the country for at least 185 days during a calendar year), you can choose to swap it to a Danish EU driving licence without having to take the test.

If the driving licence is issued for the first time in a country outside the EU you can only swap it to a Danish licence if you take both a theoretical and a practical test. See the rules for the exchange

Make an appointment with Borgerservice and then meet up in person at Borgerservice (Citizens Service) and bring the following documents:

  • Your driving licence. If you have lost it, you must bring instead a confirmation from the authority in the EU country that issued the driving licence in the first place. The confirmation must not be older than 1 month, and the confirmation has to be in Danish or English.
  • Your passport.
  • You only need to bring a medical certificate if your driving licence was issued for a shorter period than what is normal in the country in which it was issued or if you have a licence for a truck (category C1+C+C1E+CE) or bus (Category D1+D+D1E+DE) that is expired.
  • A photo together with the medical certificate stamped by your own doctor. The photo must comply with the driving licence photo requirements, which you can see at the Police's website.
  • Residence Permit, if you are not a Nordic citizen.
  • Cash, card, dankort/visa-dankort or MobilePay for payment of the swap.

A photo together with the medical certificate stamped by your own doctor. The photo must comply with the driving licence photo requirements, which you can see at the Police's website.

Driving licences issued in specific countries

The driving licence from specific countries may also be swapped into a Danish licence without having to take a test. Here you can see the list of countries where these rules apply.

  • Australia
  • Capitol Territory (Australia)
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Isle of Man
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore
  • USA 
  • Ukraine
  • New Zealand

You can only get a licence for a normal car (category B), if you have additional categories on your licence and you want these on your Danish license you have to take both a theoretical and practical test.

The licence has to be valid, if it is not valid, you have to take both a theoretical and practical test before you can get a Danish licence.

If the license is issued on behalf of a license from a country which is not covered by the rules you can only swap it to a Danish license if you take both a theoretical and a practical test. See the rules for the exchange

Your driving licence has to be issued either before you entered Denmark or in a period of at least 6 month where you have not had an officially registered address in Denmark. If your driving license is issued after you have taken up residence in Denmark you need to bring documentation for that you have had a license issued before you entered Denmark. If there are no issue date on your license you also have to bring documentation for the 1. Issue date of your license.

You have had your license for at least 2 years or more, you have been driving for the past 2 years and your license hasn’t been revoked for the last 5 years. You have to fill out a statement regarding this (indsæt erklæring) 

You need to make an appointment with Borgerservice and then meet up in person and bring the following documents:

  • A medical certificate issued by your own doctor no longer that 3 months ago 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 driving licence.
  • Residence Permit, if you are a Nordic citizen bring your passport.
  • A translation if the driving licence is not written in English or is not issued in accordance with the EU model.
  • Cash, card, dankort/visa-dankort or Mobilepay for payment of the swap.

How long does it take to get the Danish driving licence?

Before your foreign driving licence can be swapped Borgerservice will send your application to the police for check of the authenticity of your licence.

How soon you get your Danish driving licence or the application for taking the tests therefore depends on how soon the police get a response from the authorities that issued your foreign driving licence.

It can take at least 6 months to get the approved application back from the police.

You can get a temporary driving licence while you wait

In most cases, Citizen Service (Borgerservice) can provide you with a temporary driving licence while you wait for receiving your Danish driving licence. But it requires that your foreign driving licence is valid and that you have not lived in Denmark for more than 90 days.

If you have lived in Denmark for more than 90 days, the Citizen Service cannot issue a temporary driving licence for you.

Where does the Danish driving licence apply?

Your Danish driving licence applies in all EU countries. If you are travelling to a country outside the EU for a longer period of time, you must have an international driving licence. This is valid for 1 year from the issue date.

You can only get an international licence if you have a valid Danish driving licence, so remember to bring your Danish licence and a valid passport photo.

You can get an international driving licence at Borgerservice (Citizen Service).

What happens with the original licence when you swap to a Danish driving licence?

If the licence is issued within the EU/EØS it will be send to the country that issued it when there is made a Danish licence.

If you swap your foreign driving licence to a Danish driving licence, your foreign licence will be held by Rigspolitiet (the National Police).

Should you at any time wish to return to the country in which your licence was issued, your licence will be returned to you.

You must go to Borgerservice Indre By (Citizen Service Inner City) in person to get your foreign licence back. Remember to bring the swapped Danish driving licence.

Address:
Citizen Service Nyropsgade
Nyropsgade 7
1602 Copenhagen V

Borgerservice will contact the Danish National Police who will send the foreign driving licence to Borgerservice where you give your Danish licence in return. It is not possible to have both Danish and a foreign licence at the same time.