Can you drive with your original driver's license in Denmark or do you have to exchange it against a Danish driver's license? Find out in this article.
If you are moving to Denmark, whether for a long or short stay, you might want to drive. Make sure to inquire beforehand, depending on your country of origin, regarding existing conditions. Nationals of some countries have to exchange their national driver's license against a Danish driver's license. You should also be aware of Danish road traffic regulations before starting off.
Nationals of the European Union, European Economic Area and Northern Europe do not have to exchange their driver's license to be allowed to drive in Denmark. Note, however, that it can be quite difficult to obtain a new driver's license or a statement in case of theft or loss.
In all cases, you can exchange your driver's license against a Danish driver's license if you wish. Application has to be made at the Borgerservice of the nearest municipality to your place of residence in the country. Documents to be produced are your original passport, your CPR number (more information in the article Phones and Internet in Denmark), as well as a passport-size identity photo.
You may also have to produce a medical certificate issued by your doctor in the country. You will thus be able to extend the validity of your Danish driver's license till the age of 70. Otherwise, the same validity period as that of your original driver's licence will apply. Fees of around DKK 280 apply. You should receive your new driver's license by post within 15 days.
If your driver's license has been issued outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or North European countries, you will have to apply for a Danish driver's license. There are two categories of driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
In case your driver's license has been issued in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine or Switzerland, you are allowed to use it for a maximum of one year provided it is written in the Latin alphabet or it is accompanied by a Danish, English or French translation. Beyond this period, you will have to exchange it against a Danish driver's license. Relating procedures and fees are the same as those mentioned above in the case of European nationals.
In the case of driver's licenses issued in all other countries, you will have to pass a driving test. The Borgerservice will then send your original driver's license to the National Police for authentication. Meanwhile, a provisional driver's license, which is valid for a month, will be issued. Once your permit has been authenticated and stamped by competent authorities, you will then obtain a three months provisional driver's license until you pass your driving test.
Oral and driving tests
Both oral and practical driving tests are carried out in Danish. However, you may request to be assisted by a translator of your choice provided the latter has been approved by the National Police.
The oral test is held at the Borgerservice. You are required to chose and confirm and appropriate date on the spot. The practical test, for its part, is held by a driving school.
Apply for a Danish driver's license
Anyone can apply for a Danish driver's license provided they are able to produce proof of residence and a CPR number. You are also required to produce a passport-size identity photo and a medical justifying your ability to drive. Note that you have to be at least 17 years and 9 months old to pass the oral test and at least 18 years old to pass the practical driving test.
Therefore, to apply for a Danish driver's license, you will proceed as follows:
- 28 theoretical lessons
- 7 hours of first aid courses
- 4 hours of practical lessons on a given route
- 16 practical road lessons in real situation
- 4 practical road lessons in sensitive conditions.
In general, each practical driving lesson lasts for 45 minutes. Once you have succeeded in the oral test, you are required to pass your driving test within a year.
Type A and type B driver's licenses are valid for 15 years. Type C and D driver's licenses, for their part, are valid for 5 years.
In Denmark, you will be driving on the right side.
All driver's are required to be in possession of their driver's license while driving.
The use of mobile phones and hands-free kits is while driving is prohibited.
Wearing of seat belts in front and back seats is compulsory.
You are required to switch on your vehicle's headlights when driving both during the day and at night.
Your vehicle must be equipped with a warning triangle, a first aid kit, a spare bulb and a fire extinguisher.