Foreign driving licences

Last updated 10/02/2020
On this page you can learn more about when you are allowed to drive in Denmark with a foreign driving licence, when you must exchange the foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence and how you apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence.

Foreign driving licences, exchanges and Visitor's Driving Licences

Last updated 10/02/2020
The rules regarding to what extent you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence depends on (among other things) whether you have normal residence in Denmark.

If you have normal residence in Denmark


The rules regarding to what extent you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence depends on (among other things) whether you have normal residence in Denmark.

At the assessment it may be given particular consideration whether you have established a long-term residence here in Denmark, whether your property and your closest relatives (for instance spouse and children) are in Denmark and whether you are staying in Denmark (not taking into account brief trips outside of Denmark in connection with for instance business, study or holidays).

The same applies if you merely have occupational ties to Denmark and you have your personal ties in another country, which you regularly return to.


If you have a foreign driving licence and are staying temporarily in Denmark


If you do not have normal residence in Denmark, you may use your foreign driving licence in Denmark in the following cases:

  • The driving licence is issued by an EU or EEA country (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein).
  • The driving licence is from the Faroe Islands.
  • The driving licence is from Greenland.
  • It is a temporary driving licence issued in Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
  • It is a foreign driving licence (not issued in an EU or EEA country), issued in the Latin alphabet or accompanied by a translation in Danish, English or French. The translation must be produced by a public authority or by an organisation which has been authorised to produce it by the issuing country.
  • It is an international driving licence.
  • In Denmark, you are allowed to drive the same types of vehicles as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

If you need a Visitor’s Driving Licence during your temporary stay in Denmark


If you do not have normal residence in Denmark and you do not possess the required driving licence, you can apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence.

In order to apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence, you must contact the local police station and bring documentation from your home country relating to your driving licence.


If you have a foreign driving licence and have normal residence in Denmark


If you have normal residence in Denmark, you must in some cases exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

Whether you must exchange your foreign driving licence and whether you must complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and a practical part) prior to the exchange, depends on the country/constituent state which has issued your driving licence. Moreover, different rules apply as to how long you can wait until you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

Driving licences issued in the Faroe Islands, in an EU country or an EEA country (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein)
An exchange is not required and you are allowed to drive the same types of vehicles in Denmark as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

However, it is a condition that you must fulfill the age requirements which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving licence (certain exceptions apply to driving licences from EU and EEA countries).

If you desire, you may apply for an exchange even if it is not required.
In principle, you are not required to complete a driving test in connection with the exchange.

 

Driving licenses issued in a former EU or EEA country

You are entitled to drive with a valid driving license issued in a former EU or EEA country, but at the time of issue was a member of EU or EEA for a maximum of 180 days after the date on which the country no longer is a member of  EU or EEA, or 180 days after having established normal residence in Denmark.


No later than 180 days after having established normal residence, you must exchange your license for a Danish driving license, if you still wish to drive in Denmark.

 

An exchange of driving license does not require, that you pass a driving test.

 

Driving licences issued in Greenland


You are entitled to drive with your valid Greenlandic driving licence for a maximum of 180 days after having established normal residence in Denmark.

However, it is a condition that you must fulfill the age requirements which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving licence.

No later than 180  days after having established normal residence, you must exchange your Greenlandic driving licence for a Danish driving licence if you still wish to drive in Denmark.

In this connection, you are required to complete a driving test.


Driving licences issued in other countries or driving licenses issued on the basis of such driving licenses 


How long you are allowed to drive with a foreign driving license and whether you need to take a driving test to verify your skills when exchanging your foreign driving license for a Danish one depends on which country/territory etc. has issued your driving license. There is a distinction between different groups of countries: Group 1, Group 2, and other countries.


Group 1 countries


If your driving license was issued in the Australian Capital Territory, Brazil, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Japan, Jersey, Gibraltar, Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, The Republic of Korea (South Korea) or Switzerland, you are allowed to drive with your foreign driving license for 180 days from the day you establish normal residence in Denmark.

This only applies if your foreign driving license is valid. In addition, your driving license must be issued with Latin characters or accompanied by an official translation into Danish, English or French.

In addition, you must meet the age requirements that apply for being issued a corresponding Danish driving license.

When 180 days have passed since you established residence in Denmark, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue to drive in Denmark.

When you apply, you must provide a written declaration on honour that your driving license has not been revoked within the last five years and also that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

As a rule, you do not need to take a driving test to verify your skills when you exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if your driving license was issued in one of the relevant countries.

The Group 1 scheme is described in 
the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for Danish driving licenses without a driving test (Danish only).


Group 2 countries 


If your driving license was issued in a country/territory where the drivers' training is not completely equivalent to the Danish practice in this area but where the general level of road safety is comparable with the Danish level, you have the possibility of exchanging your driving license for a Danish driving license without having to take a driving test to verify your skills if the country in question is included in this scheme (the Group 2 scheme).

Participation in the scheme takes place on the basis of an application from the specific country/territory.

The country/territory (possibly an embassy/consulate) must apply to be included in the Group 2 scheme. In order to apply, the country/territory must use a special application form where information can be provided about the road safety conditions in the particular country/territory.

The Danish Road Safety Agency determines whether the country/territory can participate in the Group 2 scheme.

If your driving license was issued in a country/territory which is included in Group 2, you can drive with your foreign driving license for 180 days from the day you establish residence in Denmark.

When 180 days have passed since you established residence in Denmark, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue to drive your car in Denmark.

In order to exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license, when submitting your application, you must additionally provide a written declaration on honour stating that you have had and have used your driving license for category B driving (regular car) within the last two years and also provide a written declaration on honour stating that you have not had your driving license revoked within the last five years and that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

As of 1 November 2014 Singapore - as the first country - was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 1 April 2016 the USA, Canada, Australia, Chile, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Isle of Man were also included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 12 October 2016 Serbia was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 9. March 2018 New Zealand was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 17. December 2019 Israel was included the the Group 2 scheme.

If you cannot find the relevant country/territory in the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for a Danish driving license without having to take a driving test, you can contact the country/territory in question (possibly the embassy/consulate) in order to find out more about whether they have applied to be included in the Group 2 scheme.


Group 1 countries

Group 2 countries

The Australian Capital Territory

Australia (other than the ACT)

Brazil

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Canada

Gibraltar

Chile

Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales)

Isle of Man

Guernsey

Israel

Japan

New Zealand

Jersey

USA

Northern Ireland

Serbia

Russia

Singapore

Ukraine

 

The Republic of Korea (South Korea)

 

Switzerland

 



The Group 2 scheme is described in 
administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for Danish driving licenses without a driving test.  (Danish only)

General information about the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses no. 203 of 04/03/2016

Cancelling an application
An application for exchanging a driving license submitted prior to 1 April 2016 can always be cancelled. You can subsequently re-apply and the new application will thus be processed according to the new administrative order on exchanging driving licenses.

Exchanging driving licenses with multiple categories

Foreign driving licenses issued in either a Group 1 or Group 2 country can only be exchanged for a category B Danish driving license without having to take a driving test. 

If you have a driving license that covers additional categories such as category A or C and you wish to have these exchanged, as a rule you must take a driving test to verify your skills in category B. You will then have the driving licenses in the categories that you have previously achieved automatically exchanged for Danish driving licenses in these categories.

Deadline for exchanging your license
A specific deadline for exchanging your categories has not been set. For example, if after a year you regret not having had your category A license exchanged for a Danish equivalent, then you must take a driving test for category B. 

Written declarations
Declarations ready to be signed are available at the municipal citizen centres.


Other countries


If your driving license was issued in a country other than the countries listed above, you have a right to drive with your foreign driving license for up to 180 days from when you establish residence in Denmark.

This only applies though if your foreign driving license is valid and if the driving license is issued with Latin characters or is accompanied by an official translation into Danish, English or French.

In addition, you must meet the age requirement that applies for being issued a corresponding Danish driving license.

No later than 180 days after establishing residence in Denmark, you must have exchanged your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue driving in Denmark.

In order to be able to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving license, you must pass a driving test (a theoretical and a practical test). 


 

 

Consolidation act

BEK nr 203 af 04/03/2016

Bekendtgørelse om ombytning af udenlandsk kørekort til dansk kørekort uden kontrollerende køreprøve

Valid from

01/04/2016

BEK nr 203 af 04/03/2016 Bekendtgørelse om ombytning af udenlandsk kørekort til dansk kørekort uden kontrollerende køreprøve

If you have normal residence in Denmark


The rules regarding to what extent you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence depends on (among other things) whether you have normal residence in Denmark.

At the assessment it may be given particular consideration whether you have established a long-term residence here in Denmark, whether your property and your closest relatives (for instance spouse and children) are in Denmark and whether you are staying in Denmark (not taking into account brief trips outside of Denmark in connection with for instance business, study or holidays).

The same applies if you merely have occupational ties to Denmark and you have your personal ties in another country, which you regularly return to.


If you have a foreign driving licence and are staying temporarily in Denmark


If you do not have normal residence in Denmark, you may use your foreign driving licence in Denmark in the following cases:

  • The driving licence is issued by an EU or EEA country (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein).
  • The driving licence is from the Faroe Islands.
  • The driving licence is from Greenland.
  • It is a temporary driving licence issued in Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
  • It is a foreign driving licence (not issued in an EU or EEA country), issued in the Latin alphabet or accompanied by a translation in Danish, English or French. The translation must be produced by a public authority or by an organisation which has been authorised to produce it by the issuing country.
  • It is an international driving licence.
  • In Denmark, you are allowed to drive the same types of vehicles as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

If you need a Visitor’s Driving Licence during your temporary stay in Denmark


If you do not have normal residence in Denmark and you do not possess the required driving licence, you can apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence.

In order to apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence, you must contact the local police station and bring documentation from your home country relating to your driving licence.


If you have a foreign driving licence and have normal residence in Denmark


If you have normal residence in Denmark, you must in some cases exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

Whether you must exchange your foreign driving licence and whether you must complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and a practical part) prior to the exchange, depends on the country/constituent state which has issued your driving licence. Moreover, different rules apply as to how long you can wait until you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

Driving licences issued in the Faroe Islands, in an EU country or an EEA country (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein)
An exchange is not required and you are allowed to drive the same types of vehicles in Denmark as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

However, it is a condition that you must fulfill the age requirements which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving licence (certain exceptions apply to driving licences from EU and EEA countries).

If you desire, you may apply for an exchange even if it is not required.
In principle, you are not required to complete a driving test in connection with the exchange.

 

Driving licenses issued in a former EU or EEA country

You are entitled to drive with a valid driving license issued in a former EU or EEA country, but at the time of issue was a member of EU or EEA for a maximum of 180 days after the date on which the country no longer is a member of  EU or EEA, or 180 days after having established normal residence in Denmark.


No later than 180 days after having established normal residence, you must exchange your license for a Danish driving license, if you still wish to drive in Denmark.

 

An exchange of driving license does not require, that you pass a driving test.

 

Driving licences issued in Greenland


You are entitled to drive with your valid Greenlandic driving licence for a maximum of 180 days after having established normal residence in Denmark.

However, it is a condition that you must fulfill the age requirements which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving licence.

No later than 180  days after having established normal residence, you must exchange your Greenlandic driving licence for a Danish driving licence if you still wish to drive in Denmark.

In this connection, you are required to complete a driving test.


Driving licences issued in other countries or driving licenses issued on the basis of such driving licenses 


How long you are allowed to drive with a foreign driving license and whether you need to take a driving test to verify your skills when exchanging your foreign driving license for a Danish one depends on which country/territory etc. has issued your driving license. There is a distinction between different groups of countries: Group 1, Group 2, and other countries.


Group 1 countries


If your driving license was issued in the Australian Capital Territory, Brazil, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Japan, Jersey, Gibraltar, Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, The Republic of Korea (South Korea) or Switzerland, you are allowed to drive with your foreign driving license for 180 days from the day you establish normal residence in Denmark.

This only applies if your foreign driving license is valid. In addition, your driving license must be issued with Latin characters or accompanied by an official translation into Danish, English or French.

In addition, you must meet the age requirements that apply for being issued a corresponding Danish driving license.

When 180 days have passed since you established residence in Denmark, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue to drive in Denmark.

When you apply, you must provide a written declaration on honour that your driving license has not been revoked within the last five years and also that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

As a rule, you do not need to take a driving test to verify your skills when you exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if your driving license was issued in one of the relevant countries.

The Group 1 scheme is described in 
the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for Danish driving licenses without a driving test (Danish only).


Group 2 countries 


If your driving license was issued in a country/territory where the drivers' training is not completely equivalent to the Danish practice in this area but where the general level of road safety is comparable with the Danish level, you have the possibility of exchanging your driving license for a Danish driving license without having to take a driving test to verify your skills if the country in question is included in this scheme (the Group 2 scheme).

Participation in the scheme takes place on the basis of an application from the specific country/territory.

The country/territory (possibly an embassy/consulate) must apply to be included in the Group 2 scheme. In order to apply, the country/territory must use a special application form where information can be provided about the road safety conditions in the particular country/territory.

The Danish Road Safety Agency determines whether the country/territory can participate in the Group 2 scheme.

If your driving license was issued in a country/territory which is included in Group 2, you can drive with your foreign driving license for 180 days from the day you establish residence in Denmark.

When 180 days have passed since you established residence in Denmark, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue to drive your car in Denmark.

In order to exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license, when submitting your application, you must additionally provide a written declaration on honour stating that you have had and have used your driving license for category B driving (regular car) within the last two years and also provide a written declaration on honour stating that you have not had your driving license revoked within the last five years and that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

As of 1 November 2014 Singapore - as the first country - was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 1 April 2016 the USA, Canada, Australia, Chile, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Isle of Man were also included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 12 October 2016 Serbia was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 9. March 2018 New Zealand was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 17. December 2019 Israel was included the the Group 2 scheme.

If you cannot find the relevant country/territory in the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for a Danish driving license without having to take a driving test, you can contact the country/territory in question (possibly the embassy/consulate) in order to find out more about whether they have applied to be included in the Group 2 scheme.


Group 1 countries

Group 2 countries

The Australian Capital Territory

Australia (other than the ACT)

Brazil

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Canada

Gibraltar

Chile

Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales)

Isle of Man

Guernsey

Israel

Japan

New Zealand

Jersey

USA

Northern Ireland

Serbia

Russia

Singapore

Ukraine

 

The Republic of Korea (South Korea)

 

Switzerland

 



The Group 2 scheme is described in 
administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for Danish driving licenses without a driving test.  (Danish only)

General information about the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses no. 203 of 04/03/2016

Cancelling an application
An application for exchanging a driving license submitted prior to 1 April 2016 can always be cancelled. You can subsequently re-apply and the new application will thus be processed according to the new administrative order on exchanging driving licenses.

Exchanging driving licenses with multiple categories

Foreign driving licenses issued in either a Group 1 or Group 2 country can only be exchanged for a category B Danish driving license without having to take a driving test. 

If you have a driving license that covers additional categories such as category A or C and you wish to have these exchanged, as a rule you must take a driving test to verify your skills in category B. You will then have the driving licenses in the categories that you have previously achieved automatically exchanged for Danish driving licenses in these categories.

Deadline for exchanging your license
A specific deadline for exchanging your categories has not been set. For example, if after a year you regret not having had your category A license exchanged for a Danish equivalent, then you must take a driving test for category B. 

Written declarations
Declarations ready to be signed are available at the municipal citizen centres.


Other countries


If your driving license was issued in a country other than the countries listed above, you have a right to drive with your foreign driving license for up to 180 days from when you establish residence in Denmark.

This only applies though if your foreign driving license is valid and if the driving license is issued with Latin characters or is accompanied by an official translation into Danish, English or French.

In addition, you must meet the age requirement that applies for being issued a corresponding Danish driving license.

No later than 180 days after establishing residence in Denmark, you must have exchanged your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue driving in Denmark.

In order to be able to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving license, you must pass a driving test (a theoretical and a practical test). 


 

 

Consolidation act

BEK nr 203 af 04/03/2016

Bekendtgørelse om ombytning af udenlandsk kørekort til dansk kørekort uden kontrollerende køreprøve

Valid from

01/04/2016

BEK nr 203 af 04/03/2016 Bekendtgørelse om ombytning af udenlandsk kørekort til dansk kørekort uden kontrollerende køreprøve

If you have normal residence in Denmark


The rules regarding to what extent you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence depends on (among other things) whether you have normal residence in Denmark.

At the assessment it may be given particular consideration whether you have established a long-term residence here in Denmark, whether your property and your closest relatives (for instance spouse and children) are in Denmark and whether you are staying in Denmark (not taking into account brief trips outside of Denmark in connection with for instance business, study or holidays).

The same applies if you merely have occupational ties to Denmark and you have your personal ties in another country, which you regularly return to.


If you have a foreign driving licence and are staying temporarily in Denmark


If you do not have normal residence in Denmark, you may use your foreign driving licence in Denmark in the following cases:

  • The driving licence is issued by an EU or EEA country (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein).
  • The driving licence is from the Faroe Islands.
  • The driving licence is from Greenland.
  • It is a temporary driving licence issued in Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
  • It is a foreign driving licence (not issued in an EU or EEA country), issued in the Latin alphabet or accompanied by a translation in Danish, English or French. The translation must be produced by a public authority or by an organisation which has been authorised to produce it by the issuing country.
  • It is an international driving licence.
  • In Denmark, you are allowed to drive the same types of vehicles as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

If you need a Visitor’s Driving Licence during your temporary stay in Denmark


If you do not have normal residence in Denmark and you do not possess the required driving licence, you can apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence.

In order to apply for a Visitor’s Driving Licence, you must contact the local police station and bring documentation from your home country relating to your driving licence.


If you have a foreign driving licence and have normal residence in Denmark


If you have normal residence in Denmark, you must in some cases exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

Whether you must exchange your foreign driving licence and whether you must complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and a practical part) prior to the exchange, depends on the country/constituent state which has issued your driving licence. Moreover, different rules apply as to how long you can wait until you must exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.

Driving licences issued in the Faroe Islands, in an EU country or an EEA country (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein)
An exchange is not required and you are allowed to drive the same types of vehicles in Denmark as you are according to your valid driving licence from the issuing country.

However, it is a condition that you must fulfill the age requirements which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving licence (certain exceptions apply to driving licences from EU and EEA countries).

If you desire, you may apply for an exchange even if it is not required.
In principle, you are not required to complete a driving test in connection with the exchange.

 

Driving licenses issued in a former EU or EEA country

You are entitled to drive with a valid driving license issued in a former EU or EEA country, but at the time of issue was a member of EU or EEA for a maximum of 180 days after the date on which the country no longer is a member of  EU or EEA, or 180 days after having established normal residence in Denmark.


No later than 180 days after having established normal residence, you must exchange your license for a Danish driving license, if you still wish to drive in Denmark.

 

An exchange of driving license does not require, that you pass a driving test.

 

Driving licences issued in Greenland


You are entitled to drive with your valid Greenlandic driving licence for a maximum of 180 days after having established normal residence in Denmark.

However, it is a condition that you must fulfill the age requirements which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving licence.

No later than 180  days after having established normal residence, you must exchange your Greenlandic driving licence for a Danish driving licence if you still wish to drive in Denmark.

In this connection, you are required to complete a driving test.


Driving licences issued in other countries or driving licenses issued on the basis of such driving licenses 


How long you are allowed to drive with a foreign driving license and whether you need to take a driving test to verify your skills when exchanging your foreign driving license for a Danish one depends on which country/territory etc. has issued your driving license. There is a distinction between different groups of countries: Group 1, Group 2, and other countries.


Group 1 countries


If your driving license was issued in the Australian Capital Territory, Brazil, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Japan, Jersey, Gibraltar, Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, The Republic of Korea (South Korea) or Switzerland, you are allowed to drive with your foreign driving license for 180 days from the day you establish normal residence in Denmark.

This only applies if your foreign driving license is valid. In addition, your driving license must be issued with Latin characters or accompanied by an official translation into Danish, English or French.

In addition, you must meet the age requirements that apply for being issued a corresponding Danish driving license.

When 180 days have passed since you established residence in Denmark, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue to drive in Denmark.

When you apply, you must provide a written declaration on honour that your driving license has not been revoked within the last five years and also that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

As a rule, you do not need to take a driving test to verify your skills when you exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if your driving license was issued in one of the relevant countries.

The Group 1 scheme is described in 
the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for Danish driving licenses without a driving test (Danish only).


Group 2 countries 


If your driving license was issued in a country/territory where the drivers' training is not completely equivalent to the Danish practice in this area but where the general level of road safety is comparable with the Danish level, you have the possibility of exchanging your driving license for a Danish driving license without having to take a driving test to verify your skills if the country in question is included in this scheme (the Group 2 scheme).

Participation in the scheme takes place on the basis of an application from the specific country/territory.

The country/territory (possibly an embassy/consulate) must apply to be included in the Group 2 scheme. In order to apply, the country/territory must use a special application form where information can be provided about the road safety conditions in the particular country/territory.

The Danish Road Safety Agency determines whether the country/territory can participate in the Group 2 scheme.

If your driving license was issued in a country/territory which is included in Group 2, you can drive with your foreign driving license for 180 days from the day you establish residence in Denmark.

When 180 days have passed since you established residence in Denmark, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue to drive your car in Denmark.

In order to exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license, when submitting your application, you must additionally provide a written declaration on honour stating that you have had and have used your driving license for category B driving (regular car) within the last two years and also provide a written declaration on honour stating that you have not had your driving license revoked within the last five years and that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

As of 1 November 2014 Singapore - as the first country - was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 1 April 2016 the USA, Canada, Australia, Chile, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Isle of Man were also included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 12 October 2016 Serbia was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 9. March 2018 New Zealand was included in the Group 2 scheme.

As of 17. December 2019 Israel was included the the Group 2 scheme.

If you cannot find the relevant country/territory in the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for a Danish driving license without having to take a driving test, you can contact the country/territory in question (possibly the embassy/consulate) in order to find out more about whether they have applied to be included in the Group 2 scheme.


Group 1 countries

Group 2 countries

The Australian Capital Territory

Australia (other than the ACT)

Brazil

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Canada

Gibraltar

Chile

Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales)

Isle of Man

Guernsey

Israel

Japan

New Zealand

Jersey

USA

Northern Ireland

Serbia

Russia

Singapore

Ukraine

 

The Republic of Korea (South Korea)

 

Switzerland

 



The Group 2 scheme is described in 
administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses for Danish driving licenses without a driving test.  (Danish only)

General information about the administrative order on exchanging foreign driving licenses no. 203 of 04/03/2016

Cancelling an application
An application for exchanging a driving license submitted prior to 1 April 2016 can always be cancelled. You can subsequently re-apply and the new application will thus be processed according to the new administrative order on exchanging driving licenses.

Exchanging driving licenses with multiple categories

Foreign driving licenses issued in either a Group 1 or Group 2 country can only be exchanged for a category B Danish driving license without having to take a driving test. 

If you have a driving license that covers additional categories such as category A or C and you wish to have these exchanged, as a rule you must take a driving test to verify your skills in category B. You will then have the driving licenses in the categories that you have previously achieved automatically exchanged for Danish driving licenses in these categories.

Deadline for exchanging your license
A specific deadline for exchanging your categories has not been set. For example, if after a year you regret not having had your category A license exchanged for a Danish equivalent, then you must take a driving test for category B. 

Written declarations
Declarations ready to be signed are available at the municipal citizen centres.


Other countries


If your driving license was issued in a country other than the countries listed above, you have a right to drive with your foreign driving license for up to 180 days from when you establish residence in Denmark.

This only applies though if your foreign driving license is valid and if the driving license is issued with Latin characters or is accompanied by an official translation into Danish, English or French.

In addition, you must meet the age requirement that applies for being issued a corresponding Danish driving license.

No later than 180 days after establishing residence in Denmark, you must have exchanged your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license if you wish to continue driving in Denmark.

In order to be able to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving license, you must pass a driving test (a theoretical and a practical test). 


 

 

Apply to exchange a foreign driving license

Last updated 10/02/2020
Your current driving licence can be exchanged for a Danish driving license if your stay in Denmark has lasted more than six months.

However, this restriction does not apply to people with a Faroese or Greenlandic driving license or to people with driving licenses issued in an EU or EEA country.

 

Applying to exchange your driving license 

If you would like to apply to exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving licence, you need to contact one of the municipalities in the country. 

However, this restriction does not apply to people with a Faroese or Greenlandic driving license or to people with driving licenses issued in an EU or EEA country.

 

Applying to exchange your driving license 

If you would like to apply to exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving licence, you need to contact one of the municipalities in the country. 

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Information to holders of a Ukrainian driving licence

Last updated 26/04/2022
Guidance on driving in Denmark for holders of a Ukrainian driving licence

Exchange of a Ukrainian driving licence

If you have acquired normal residence in Denmark, you will be able to drive while holding your Ukrainian driving licence for up to 180 days. If you wish to continue driving in Denmark after these 180 days, you will have to exchange your driving licence to a Danish driving licence.

 

An application for an exchange of a foreign driving licence must be handed in at a municipal Citizen service (“Borgerservice”) of your choice.

 

In order to issue a Danish driving licence, it is a requirement that you have acquired normal residence in Denmark. You are typically considered to have acquired normal residence in Denmark from the time you have settled in Denmark with the intention to stay in the country at least 185 days a year, as a result of your personal or professional affiliation. The assessment of normal residence is done by the municipality when you hand in the application.

 

If you are assessed as not having normal residence in Denmark, you are not required to exchange your Ukrainian driving licence, and you can consequently continue driving in Denmark with your licence. However, it is a requirement that the driving licence is written in the Latin alphabet or accompanied by a translation in Danish, English or French. The translation must be done by a public authority or organization that is authorized to do so in Ukraine. You can furthermore drive with an international driving licence in Denmark.

 

Exchange of driving licences to a regular car

Denmark has approved Ukraine as a group 1 country in relation to driving licences. Because of this, persons with a Ukrainian driving licence can exchange the driving licence to a Danish driving licence without undergoing a driving test. However, exchange without a driving test is only possible for driving licences in category B (regular car). In Denmark driving licences in category B permits you to drive tractors, motorized equipment, and mopeds.

 

When handing in your application for an exchange please bring:

  • Your foreign driving licence
  • A valid residence permit or other documentation of residence if you are not a Danish or Nordic citizen or are not authorised to reside in Denmark without permission
  • Medical certificate
  • A written sworn statement that you have not been disqualified from driving in the last 5 years, and that your entitlement to drive is not in any other way limited or obtained on special conditions

 

 

If you are not able to provide a written sworn statement that you have not been disqualified from driving in the last 5 years, and that your entitlement to drive is not in any other way limited or obtained on special conditions you may still have your driving license exchanged, but on the condition that you pass a driving test.

 

Exchange of driving licenses to bus, truck and/or motorcycle

If your driving license contains more than one category, and you do not wish to solely exchange your Ukrainian driving license to a license for a regular car, you are required to pass a driving test.

 

A driving test consists of a theoretical and practical test. It is not a requirement that you have received instructions from a driving instructor, but it can be beneficial to receive theoretical and practical instructions from a driving instructor before the driving test.

When handing in your application for an exchange please bring:

 

  • Your foreign driving licence
  • A valid residence permit or other documentation of residence if you are not a Danish or Nordic citizen or are not authorised to reside in Denmark without permission
  • Medical certificate

 

Note that the municipality can mandate that your driving license is translated into Danish, English or French. The translation must be done by a public authority or organization that is authorized to do so in Ukraine.

 

Qualifications required for commercial driving

To work as a professional driver, you must, along with a driving license in the relevant category, have completed and passed qualification training for drivers of either truck, bus, van or commercial passenger transport (taxi-driving, limo-driving or driving for public authorities).

 

If you wish to conduct commercial driving in a truck or bus, you can read more in the Danish guidance regarding the requirements and the training here (in Danish): [Kvalifikationsuddannelser (fstyr.dk)]. There is a requirement for a driving license for commercial passenger transport, if you wish to drive bus commercially. To obtain such a driving license you must pass a driving test. Use of a translator is not allowed at this type of driving test. Furthermore, there are requirements regarding health, age and good repute.

 

If you wish to work as a van driver you can read further here (in Danish): [Krav til varebilschauffører | varebilskrav.dk].

 

If you wish to work as a taxi driver etc., you can read further here (in Danish): [Kvalifikationsuddannelse for chauffører | Taxilov.dk]. There are language requirements attached to the admittance to the qualification training for commercial passenger transport in accordance with the Danish taxi legislation. You are therefore required to submit written proof that you are proficient in Danish on a level corresponding to “Prøve i Dansk 2” (Test in Danish level 2). Furthermore, there are a number of other requirements regarding health, age, experience and good repute.