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Foreign driving licences in Denmark

We help you find out if you can legally drive in DK with your foreign driving licence or whether you must exchange it for a Danish licence.

Rules on exchanging your licence from:

EU Member States, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway

If, at some point, you have had a driving licence in a country outside the EU, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, and your current foreign driving licence was issued on the basis of this licence, you must instead read the rules in effect for the area where your original licence was issued.

You must meet these requirements to exchange your driving licence

  • You must permanently reside in Denmark. This means that you must be registered with a Danish address in the National Register (Folkeregisteret), and you must reside in Denmark at least 185 days a year.
  • Your foreign driving licence must have been issued before you entered Denmark.

If you permanently reside outside Denmark, you are allowed to drive in Denmark with your foreign driving licence. The driving licence must be written in the Latin alphabet. Otherwise, you must show an English or Danish translation of the licence when you present it. The translation must have been made by a public authority or organisation in the country where your licence was issued.

Exchanging a licence for driving an ordinary car and/or motorcycle

You are allowed to drive in Denmark with your foreign driving licence until it expires. If it has expired or if you wish to exchange it (even if it has not expired), you must book an appointment for a personal meeting at Citizen Service (Borgerservice). When you attend the meeting, you must bring the following:

For citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland:

  • Your foreign driving licence. If you have lost your driving licence, or if it is damaged or very worn, we must ask you to bring confirmation of your licence from the foreign authorities that issued it. This confirmation must be in Danish or English.
  • A valid passport
  • A valid photo

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

For persons who are not citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland:

  • Your foreign driving licence. If you have lost your driving licence, or if it is damaged or very worn, we must ask you to bring confirmation of your driving licence from the foreign authorities that issued the licence. This confirmation must be in Danish or English.
  • A valid passport
  • A valid photo
  • A valid residence permit
  • Your health insurance card (sygesikringskort).

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

Temporary driving licence

If your foreign driving licence is still valid or if it expired less than three years ago, it is possible to get a temporary Danish driving licence when you come to Citizen Service. The licence is valid in the Scandinavian countries, and you may use it while we process your application.

How to exchange your driving licence

  1. Are you unsure about which rules apply to you specifically? Then find out by answering a few questions. If you are already familiar with the rules, you can book an appointment with Citizen Service.
  2. Bring the relevant documents with you to Citizen Service.
  3. After your meeting at Citizen Service, we will send your application for approval by the police. The length of time you must wait to receive the licence may vary.

If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service on tel. 3366 3366.

Exchanging a licence for driving vehicles besides an ordinary car or motorcycle

You are allowed to drive in Denmark with your foreign driving licence until it expires. If it has expired or if you wish to exchange it (even if it hasn’t expired), you must book an appointment for a personal meeting at Citizen Service. When you attend the meeting, you must bring the following:

For citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland:

  • Your foreign driving licence. If you have lost your driving licence, or if it is damaged or very worn, we must ask you to bring confirmation of your driving licence from the foreign authorities that issued it. This confirmation must be in Danish or English.
  • A valid passport
  • A medical certificate from your doctor. You will receive it in a closed envelope, which must be unopened when you hand it in at Citizen Service.
  • A valid photo.

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

For persons who are not citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland:

  • Your foreign driving licence. If you have lost your driving licence, or if it is damaged or very worn, we must ask you to bring confirmation of your driving licence from the foreign authorities that issued it. This confirmation must be in Danish or English.
  • A valid passport
  • A valid residence permit
  • Your health insurance card (sygesikringskort)
  • A medical certificate from your doctor. You will receive it in a closed envelope, which must be unopened when you hand it in at Citizen Service.
  • A valid photo.

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

Temporary driving licence

If your foreign driving licence is still valid or if it expired less than three years ago, it is possible to get a temporary Danish driving licence when you come to Citizen Service. The licence is valid in the Scandinavian countries, and you may use it while we process your application.

How to exchange your driving licence

Are you unsure about which rules apply to you specifically? Then find out by answering a few questions. If you are already familiar with the rules, you can book an appointment with Citizen Service.
Bring the relevant documents with you to Citizen Service.
After your meeting at Citizen Service, we will send your application for approval by the police. The length of time you must wait to receive the licence may vary.
If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service on tel. 3366 3366.

Greenland

You are allowed to drive with your Greenland driving licence for up to 180 days after you get a permanent address in Denmark. 

After these 180 days, you have two options for driving a vehicle in Denmark:

1. Supplement your Greenland driving licence with two driving lessons in Denmark.

You may legally drive in Denmark with a Greenland driving licence until it expires, provided that you take two 45-minute driving lessons with a Danish driving instructor and bring documentation of this whenever you drive a vehicle.

On the Danish Road Traffic Authority’s website, you can download a form which the driving instructor must fill in after you have completed the two lessons. This signed form must be kept with your Greenland driving licence and be available whenever you drive a vehicle in Denmark.

The two lessons with an authorised driving instructor in Denmark must have been taken after 31 August 2019.

2. Exchange your Greenland driving licence for a Danish licence.

You must meet these requirements to exchange your driving licence

  • You must permanently reside in Denmark. This means that you must be registered with a Danish address in the National Register (Folkeregisteret), and you must reside in Denmark at least 185 days a year.
  • The Greenland driving licence must have been issued before you entered Denmark.

If you wish to exchange your Greenland driving licence for a Danish driving licence, you must book an appointment for a personal meeting at Citizen Service. When you attend the meeting, you must bring the following:

  • Your Greenland driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A valid photo

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

Verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test
You must take a verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test to receive a Danish driving licence. This happens after we have sent your application to the police and they have approved it.

Temporary driving licence
If you book an appointment with Citizen Service before you have had an address in Denmark for more than 180 days, you have the option of being issued with a temporary driving licence which you may use while we process your application. The licence is valid in the Scandinavian countries. If your appointment is scheduled after the 180-day limit, we cannot offer you a temporary Danish driving licence.

Next step
If you are unsure about what applies to you, you can answer a few questions to find the rules that apply to you specifically.

If you are ready to set the exchange process in motion, then book an appointment with Citizen Service.

If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service on tel. 3366 3366.

United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey or Gibraltar

Driving licence issued before January 1, 2021

You can exchange your driving licence according to the rules that apply to EU countries, but with the following restriction:

  • If you established your place of residence in Denmark before 1 January 2021: You can use your British driving licence until 30 June 2021. If you want to continue driving in Denmark after 30 June 2021, you must exchange your driving licence for a Danish one.
  • If you established your place of residence in Denmark after 31 December 2020: You can use your British driving licence for 180 days from the time you established your place of residence in Denmark. If you want to continue driving in Denmark after the 180 days, you must exchange your driving licence for a Danish one.

See the rules for EU countries above.

Driving licence issued after January 1, 2021

You can exchange your driving licence according to the rules for Australia (Australian Capital Territory only), Brazil, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine, which you can read about below.

If you are in doubt about which rules apply to you, you can answer a few questions and find out.

If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service: 33 66 33 66.

Australia (Australian Capital Territory only), Brazil, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Japan, Jersey, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea, Tai

If, at some point, you have had a driving licence in a country outside Australia (Australian Capital Territory only), Brazil, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan or Ukraine, and your current foreign driving licence was issued on the basis of this licence, you must instead read the rules in effect for the area where your original licence was issued.

If your driving license is from the UK, Jersey, Guernsey or Gibraltar and was issued BEFORE January 1, 2021, please read about the rules for those countries in the section above.

You may legally drive with your foreign driving licence for up to 180 days after obtaining a permanent address in Denmark. If your driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used for writing English, for instance), you must bring a Danish, English or French translation of the driving licence when you drive. The translation must have been made by a public authority in the issuing country or by the country’s embassy/consulate in Denmark.

If you want to drive a car in Denmark after these 180 days, you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish licence.

You must meet these requirements to exchange your driving licence

  • You must permanently reside in Denmark. This means that you must be registered with a Danish address in the National Register and reside in Denmark for at least 185 days a year.
  • Your foreign driving licence must have been issued before you entered Denmark.
  • You must have resided in the issuing country for more than six consecutive months while you were qualifying for the driving licence.
  • You must be able to present your foreign driving licence and it must be intact. If you have lost your driving licence or if it is damaged or very worn, it is unfortunately not possible for you to exchange it for a Danish driving licence.

When you are ready to exchange your driving licence, you must book an appointment for a personal meeting at Citizen Service. 

What you must bring to Citizen Service

Always bring the following:

  • Your foreign driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A medical certificate from your doctor. You will receive it in a closed envelope, which must be unopened when you hand it in at Citizen Service.
  • A valid photo.

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

Bring the following, if it applies to you:

If you are a citizen of an EU country other than Denmark, Sweden or Finland, we need you to bring your health insurance card and a valid residence permit. 

If you are not a citizen of an EU country, Norway or Iceland, we need you to bring a valid residence permit. 

If your driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used for writing English, for instance), we must ask you to bring a Danish, English or French translation of the driving licence. The translation must have been made by a public authority in the issuing country or by the country’s embassy/consulate in Denmark.

Temporary driving licence

If you have stayed in Denmark for less than 180 days when you come to Citizen Service, you can get a temporary Danish driving licence. The licence is valid in the Scandinavian countries, and you can use it while we process your application.

Verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test

If your driving licence has expired or you want to exchange a driving licence that not only authorises you to drive vehicles other than cars and/or motorcycles (category B), you must take a verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test to get your Danish driving licence. This happens after we have sent your application to the police and they have approved it.

How to exchange your driving licence

  1. Are you unsure about which rules apply to you specifically? Then find out by answering a few question. If you are already familiar with the rules, you can book an appointment with Citizen Service.
  2. Bring the relevant documents with you to Citizen Service.
  3. After your meeting at Citizen Service, we will send your application for approval by the police. The length of time you must wait to receive the licence may vary.

If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service on tel. 3366 3366.

Australia (except for Australian Capital Territory), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Isle of Man, Israel, New Zealand, Serbia

If, at some point, you have had a driving licence in a country outside Australia (except for Australian Capital Territory), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Isle of Man, Israel, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore or the USA, and your current foreign driving licence was issued on the basis of this licence, you must instead read the rules in effect for the area where your original licence was issued.

You are allowed to drive with your foreign driving licence for up to 180 days after you get a permanent address in Denmark. If your driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used for writing English, for instance), you must bring a Danish, English or French translation of the driving licence when you drive. The translation must have been made by a public authority in the issuing country or by the country’s embassy/consulate in Denmark.

If you wish to drive a car in Denmark after these 180 days, you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish licence.

You must meet these requirements to exchange your driving licence

  • You must permanently reside in Denmark. This means that you must be registered with a Danish address in the National Register and reside in Denmark for at least 185 days a year.
  • Your foreign driving licence must have been issued before you entered Denmark.
  • You must have resided in the issuing country for more than six consecutive months while you were qualifying for the driving licence.
  • You must be able to present your foreign driving licence and it must be intact. If you have lost your driving licence, or if it is damaged or very worn, it is unfortunately not possible for you to exchange it for a Danish driving licence.

When you are ready to exchange your driving licence, you must book an appointment for a personal meeting at Citizen Service.

What you must bring to Citizen Service

Always bring the following:

  • Your foreign driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A medical certificate from your doctor. You will receive it in a closed envelope, which must be unopened when you hand it in at Citizen Service.
  • A valid photo.

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

Bring the following, if it applies to you:

If you are a citizen of an EU country other than Denmark, Sweden or Finland, we need you to bring your health insurance card and a valid residence permit. 

If you are not a citizen of an EU country, Norway or Iceland, we need you to bring a valid residence permit. 

If your driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used for writing English, for instance), we must ask you to bring a Danish, English or French translation of the driving licence. The translation must have been made by a public authority in the issuing country or by the country’s embassy/consulate in Denmark.

If you have had a driving licence for more than two years, but your current physical driving licence was issued less than two years ago, we must ask you to bring confirmation that you have had a driving licence for more than two years. The confirmation must have been issued from the authorities who issued your previous physical driving licence, and it must be in Danish or English.

Temporary driving licence

If you have stayed in Denmark for less than 180 days when you come to Citizen Service, you can get a temporary Danish driving licence. The licence is valid in the Scandinavian countries, and you can use it while we process your application. 

Verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test

If one or more of these conditions apply to you, you must take a rules-of-the-road and driving test.

  • Your driving licence has expired
  • You want to exchange a driving licence that is not only for an ordinary car (category B)
  • You have had a driving licence for less than two years after turning 18.
  • You have not driven a car during the past two years.

You must take the verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test after we have sent your application to the police and they have approved it.

How to exchange your driving licence

  1. Are you unsure about which rules apply to you specifically? Then you can find out by replying to a few questions. If you are already familiar with the rules, you can book an appointment with Citizen Service.
  2. Bring the relevant documents with you to Citizen Service.
  3. After your meeting at Citizen Service, we will send your application for approval by the police. The length of time you must wait to receive the licence may vary.

If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service on tel. 3366 3366.

Other countries

You are allowed to drive with your foreign driving licence for up to 180 days after you get a permanent address in Denmark. If your driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used for writing English, for instance), you must bring a Danish, English or French translation of the driving licence when you drive. The translation must have been made by a public authority in the issuing country or by the country’s embassy/consulate in Denmark.

If you wish to drive a car in Denmark after these 180 days, you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish licence.

You must meet these requirements to exchange your driving licence

  • You must permanently reside in Denmark. This means that you must be registered with a Danish address in the National Register and reside in Denmark for at least 185 days a year.
  • Your foreign driving licence must have been issued before you entered Denmark.
  • You must have resided in the issuing country for more than six consecutive months while you were qualifying for the driving licence.
  • You must be able to present your foreign driving licence and it must be intact. If you have lost your driving licence, or if it is damaged or very worn, it is unfortunately not possible for you to exchange it for a Danish driving licence.

When you are ready to exchange your driving licence, you must book an appointment for a personal meeting at Citizen Service. 

What you must bring to Citizen Service

Always bring the following:

  • Your foreign driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A medical certificate from your doctor. You will receive it in a closed envelope, which must be unopened when you hand it in at Citizen Service.
  • A valid photo.

It costs DKK 280 to exchange a driving licence, and you can pay in cash, with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or UnionPay or with MobilePay or a Dankort app.

Bring the following, if it applies to you:

If you are not a citizen of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland, we need you to bring a valid residence permit. 

If your driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used for writing English, for instance), we must ask you to bring a Danish, English or French translation of the driving licence. The translation must have been made by a public authority in the issuing country or by the country’s embassy/consulate in Denmark.

Temporary driving licence

If you have stayed in Denmark for less than 180 days when you come to Citizen Service, you can get a temporary Danish driving licence. The licence is valid in the Scandinavian countries, and you can use it while we process your application.

Verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test

You must take a verifying rules-of-the-road and driving test to receive a Danish driving licence. This happens after we have sent your application to the police and they have approved it.

How to exchange your driving licence

  1. Are you unsure about which rules apply to you specifically? Then you can find out by replying to a few questions. If you are already familiar with the rules, you can book an appointment with Citizen Service.
  2. Bring the relevant documents with you to Citizen Service.
  3. After your meeting at Citizen Service, we will send your application for approval by the police. The length of time you must wait to receive the licence may vary.

If you need help, you are welcome to call Citizen Service on tel. 3366 3366.

If you want your foreign driving licence back

You can get your foreign driving licence back if you e.g. are going to live in the country where the licence was issued from again.
This is how you do it:

  1. Write an application with your name and cpr-number as well as the reason for why you want it back.
  2. Book and an appointment with Citizen Service where you have to turn in your application.
  3. The police will process your application within three weeks. If they can approve it, we will send you a message via Digital Post when you can pick up the new driving licence in Citizen Service.
  4. Book an appointment for picking up the driving licence in Citizen Service.
  5. Pick up your foreign driving licence and remember your Danish driving licence, which you must hand over to us.

You are allowed to drive in Denmark with your foreign driving licence if:

  • You permanently reside outside Denmark. If the driving licence is not written in the Latin alphabet (the script used to write English, for instance), you must show an English or Danish translation of the licence when you present it. The translation must have been made by a public authority or organisation in the country where your licence was issued.
  • You reside permanently in Denmark and your driving licence was issued by an EU country, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway and it has not expired.
  • You permanently reside in Denmark and possess a Greenland driving licence supplemented by driving lessons in Denmark (read more below).

In all other instances, you are required to exchange your driving licence for a Danish licence to be allowed to drive in Denmark. To exchange your foreign driving license you need to book an appointment with Citizen Service.

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