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Danish driving licences

Here's how you get and renew a Danish driving licence, and how you can use your licence abroad.

Getting a Danish driving licence

If you do not already have a foreign driving licence that you can use or exchange for a Danish one, you can get a Danish driving licence at a driving school.

There are many driving schools in Copenhagen where you can obtain a driving licence. A course consists of

  • driving theory lessons and a theory test you must pass
  • driving lessons and a driving test you must pass.

Your driving licence for category A and B will be valid for 15 years.
Category C and D and a commercial licence will be valid for 5 years.
Your driving license may be valid for a shorter time than normal, eg due to health issues.

Renewal of Danish driving licences

Please follow our guide to see what you need to do in order to renew your Danish driving licence.

Validity of driving licences

Ordinary car, motorcycle and large moped:
15 years.

Truck and bus:
5 years.

Validity period for truck and bus if you are 70 years or older:
70 years: 4 years
71 years: 3 years
72-79 years: 2 years
80 years or more: 1 year

Your driving license may be valid for a shorter time than normal, eg due to health issues.

Delivery of your new driving licence

Usually you get your new licence in the mail within two weeks.

If you renew your licence due to age or a medical condition, and there are any remarks in the medical certificate, it can take more than two weeks as the police needs to approve your application.

Driving abroad

Your Danish driving licence is valid in the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. In all other countries you need an international driving licence.

The international driving licence is a translation of your Danish driving licence.

You need to bring your Danish and international driving licence when you drive.

The international driving licence is valid for one year.

Please book an appointment with Citizen Service to get an international driving licence.

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