The driving rules vary depending on whether your driving license was issued in an EU/EEA, a non-EU/EEA, or in an other country.
EU/EEA and Nordic driving license
If your driving licencs was issued by a Nordic or EU/EEA country, you are not required to exchange it with a Danish equivalent. However, you should be aware that if you lose your original driving license, it may be difficult to obtain document proof required to apply for a new driving license from the country that issued your license.
As of 19 January 2015 you must exchange your driving licence to the Danish equivalent no later than two years after you have taken up usual residence in Denmark if your driving license was issued in an EU/EEA country and has a longer period of validity than 15 years for group 1 vehicles and 5 years for group 2 vehicles. You do not need a driving test.
Even if there is no requirement that you exchange your foreign driving license for at Danish driving license, you may apply to have your driving license exchanged if you wish.
To obtain a Danish driving license, go to Citizens’ Services, bring your current EU/EEA or Nordic driving license, along with a passport photo – see examples of the format required and restrictions that apply regarding size, image quality, etc. at the Danish National Police’s website
. A Danish driving license costs DKK 280
(2016). It will be forwarded to your home address within 2 weeks.
Find more information about the procedure at Citizens' Services
or on the police website
Non-EU/EEA driving license
When relocating to Denmark with a non-EU/EEA driving license, you may be required to exchange your license for a Danish equivalent within a certain period of time.
Read more about the rules here
. Please notice that there are "Group 1 countries" and "Group 2 countries".
Driving license from another country
If your driving license was issued by a country other than EA/EEA, group 1 countries and group 2 countries, then you have the right to use your foreign driving licence for a maximum of 90 days after having established normal residence in Denmark. Be aware that this only applies if your license is valid and was issued in the Latin alphabet or is accompanied by an official translation in Danish, English, or French. Also, you must fulfil the age requirements, which apply when issuing an equivalent Danish driving license. To exchange your foreign driving license you are required to complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and practical part).
Where to get a Danish driving license
An application to exchange your driving license for a Danish equivalent is made at Citizens’ Services. Citizens’ Services are responsible for issuing driving licenses and collecting payment.
How to change your driving license
When you go to Citizens' Services, you need to present a valid ID card or passport together with your Health Insurance Card (yellow card). Here are the following documents you need to bring with you depending on the country, which has issued you driving license:
- Your current driving license
- A valid residence permit or other documentation of residence if you are not a citizen of Denmark or a Nordic country or are not authorized to reside in Denmark without permission
- A medical certificate issued by your own doctor, if your driving license was not issued in the Faroe Islands, Greenland, or in an EU or EEA country. Note that the doctor will charge a fee to issue a certificate of health
- A passport photo
- If you are applying under the Group 1 scheme, when you apply, you must provide a written declaration on honor that you have not had your driving license revoked within the last five years and, in addition, that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way
- If you are applying under the Group 2 scheme, when you apply, you must provide a written declaration on honor that you have had and have used your driving license for category B (regular car) within the last two years and also provide a written declaration on honor 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
Translation of driving licenses
Please note that the municipalities have a right to obtain a translation of your driving license. As a rule, a translation will be required unless the information on the driving license is printed in English or the driving license has been issued from an EU or an EEA country.
The process of exchanging your driving license
At Citizens’ Services you will be asked to complete a form, which you must hand in along with the above mentioned documentation. Please note that Citizens’ Services charge DKK 280 for processing your application.
If your driving license was issued in Brazil, Ukraine, Australian Capital Territory, Japan, Russia, Taipei (Taiwan), South Korea, or Switzerland, you need to take no further action. When your original license has been verified by the police, you will receive a temporary licence and your new Danish driving license will be sent to your home address within one month.
If your driving license was issued by any other non-EU country, you will have to pass a theory and driving test before you can be issued with a Danish license. Citizens’ Services will send your driving license to the police for them to check its authenticity, and meanwhile you will be given a one month temporary license. When the police have verified the authenticity of your license, Citizens’ Services will issue another temporary driving license valid for up to three months. You must pass the theory and driving test before the end of this period.
Theory and driving test
After your foreign driving license has been verified by the police, and you have received your new temporary driving license in the mail, you must take the theory and driving test within three months.
The theory and driving tests are in Danish, but as a foreigner you are allowed to bring along an interpreter. Please note that the interpreter must be certified and approved by the police and that you must pay for the interpreter yourself.
If you do not need an interpreter for your theory test, nor wish to take a few theory classes before you take the test, you can order the theory test at Citizen’s Services.
If you need an interpreter and/or wish to take a few lessons before taking the theory test, contact a local driving school and ask them to help you.
Having passed the theory test, you must then take a driving test. You must sign up to take the driving test via a driving school.
If there is a waiting list for taking the driving test, the validity of your temporary driving license can be extended by Citizens’ Services. However, Citizens’ Services will require proof of the fact that you have booked time for the test and that you are following the normal process.
Tip from International Community
It is a good idea to take a few driving and theory classes before you take the tests. This will cost extra, however, if you fail the tests, you will have to pay to re-take the tests.
The first theory and driving tests are free, but if you fail you will have to pay approximately DKK 870 to retake the test. Some driving schools offer online teaching programs which can help you pass the tests.
What is the time frame for getting a Danish driving license?
The time frame for getting a Danish driving license varies. The process takes longer if you have to take a theory and driving test.
If you are required to pass the theory and driving test before you can get the driving license, you will be issued with another temporary driving license as soon as you have passed the tests. Your new Danish driving license will then be sent to your address within one month.
How much does it cost?
It will cost more if you are required to take a theory and driving tests. The costs will also increase if you have to re-take the theory and/or the driving test. Note some driving schools require you to have at least one or two driving lessons before they will let you take the driving test.
Below you can find the average prices for acquiring a Danish driving licence. Please note that there may be elements that are not listed here. For exact prices, we advise you to contact a driving school.
- Doctor’s fee for your health certificate: DKK 400
- Passport photo: DKK 100
- Citizens’ Service (include the 1st theory and driving test fee): DKK 260
- Renting a car for one hour for the driving test: DKK 500
- Certified interpreter (if you do not speak Danish): DKK 600
- Theory book in English (optional): DKK 500
- Online theory teaching program and practice test: DKK 400
- One practical driving lesson (optional): DKK 500
- Fee for re-taking the theory or driving test: DKK 900
Contacts and further information
To learn more about whether you can drive with your own driving licence in Denmark, if you need to switch your driving licence to a local Danish one and how to apply for Visitor's Driving Licence, click here
For questions regarding Danish driving licenses, contact you local Citizen Service