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Driver's licence

Driving licences from EEA/EU countries can be used in Norway.

If you wish to settle in Norway and come from a country outside the EEA/EU area, different rules apply to the exchange of driving licences depending on what country you are from.

If you come from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea or the USA, you can exchange your driving licence for a Norwegian driving licence once you have passed a practical driving test. You must exchange your foreign driving licence within one year of registering as a resident of Norway. If you apply too late, you must take mandatory training and pass a theory test and practical driving test. The exchange must be completed within two years, at the latest, of acquiring a permanent address in Norway.

If you have a driving licence from Japan or Switzerland, you can exchange it for a Norwegian driving licence without having to sit a practical test. You must exchange your foreign driving licence within one year of registering as a resident of Norway. 

For all other countries outside the EEA area, you cannot exchange a foreign driving licence for a Norwegian driving licence. You must take mandatory training at a driving school and then pass a theory test and practical driving test in order to obtain a Norwegian driving licence. If you registered as a resident of Norway before 1 July 2010, you can use your foreign driving licence for 12 months before exchanging it for a Norwegian driving licence. If you registered as a resident of Norway on 1 July 2010 or later, you can only use your foreign driving licence for three months before you have to exchange it for a Norwegian driving licence.

For further information about exchanging driving licences, please contact the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

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