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Driving in Denmark

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If you are moving to Denmark, it is possible that you might want to drive at some point. Before you do, make sure you find out the rules for foreign driving licences, as different rules apply to different countries. You should also be aware of Danish traffic regulations before starting off.

Licenses from the EU, EEA, and Faroe Islands

If you have a driving licence from the European Union, European Economic Area, or Faroe Islands, you do not need to exchange it for a Danish licence. You will be able to drive the same classes of vehicles for which your licence is valid.

If, however, your license does not have a limited validity period, you will need to exchange it within two years of establishing residence in Denmark. Go to the Danish Road Safety Agency website for more information.

You may always choose to exchange your driving licence for a Danish one even though it’s not required.

Licenses from All Other Countries

If you have a driving licence from outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Faroe Islands, you will have to exchange your license for a Danish one. Depending on how your country has been categorized (see below), you may or may not have to take a theoretical and practical driving test.

Group 1 countries

If you are from one of the following countries, you can exchange your driving licence without taking a driving test:

  • The Australian Capital Territory
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Switzerland

After you have established residence, you have 90 days to exchange your licence. During this time, you may legally drive with a valid foreign licence as long as it is in Latin characters or accompanied by an official Danish, English, or French translation.

You must provide a written declaration that your driving licence has not been revoked within the last five years and that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

Group 2 countries

If you are from one of the following countries, you can exchange your driving licence without taking a driving test:

  • Singapore
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia (other than the ACT)
  • Chile
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Isle of Man
  • Serbia

After you have established residence, you have 90 days to exchange your licence during which time you may legally drive with a valid foreign licence.  

You must provide a written declaration stating that you have had and have used your driving licence to drive a car within the last two years. You must also declare that you have not had your driving licence revoked within the last five years and that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way.

Countries not listed as Group 1 or 2

If you are from any other country not listed above, you must exchange your licence for a Danish one by passing a theoretical and practical driving test.

After you have established residence, you have 90 days to take the test and exchange your licence. During this time, you may legally drive with a valid foreign licence as long as it is in Latin characters or accompanied by an official Danish, English, or French translation.

 Good to know:

Contact a local køreskole (driving school) for information on theory classes, driving instruction, and tests. There are many schools offering instruction in English.

How to exchange a foreign driving license

To exchange your foreign licence for a Danish one, you must go to your local Borgerservice office with the following documentation:

  • CPR number or ID with date and place of birth and picture ID
  • Documents to prove name change, if necessary
  • Current driving licence
  • Valid residence permit
  • Doctor-issued medical certificate (unless you are from EU, EEA, or Faroe Islands)
  • Photo (see requirements here)
  • Group 1 or Group 2 declaration

The fee for exchanging a licence is DKK 280 (2016).

Some basic rules of the road

  • Traffic drives on the right side of the road
  • Maximum blood-alcohol level is 0.05%
  • Mobile phone use is only with hands-free kit
  • Seat belt use is mandatory
  • Headlights are required at all times
  • Carrying a warning triangle is required
  • Cyclists have the right of way

 Useful links:

Politi: Police
Union of Danish Driving Instructors
Life in Denmark: foreign driving licences
Danish Road Safety Agency

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