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Before driving in Denmark you must make sure your license is valid here. You must also make sure you have the required insurance, and that you are familiar with the rules and regulations that apply when driving in Denmark.

Driving license from non-EU/EEA or non-Nordic countries

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 and how to exchange your license under Driving license.

Driving license from EU/EEA countries and Nordic countries

If you hold a driving license from a Nordic or an EU/EEA country, you are allowed to drive in Denmark using your foreign license. As of 19 January 2015, you must exchange your driving license to the Danish equivalent no later than two years after you have taken up usual residence in Denmark - if your driving license is 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. Read about the rules and how to obtain a Danish license under Driving license.

Bringing your vehicle

Foreign-registered motor vehicles brought into Denmark must be registered no later than 14 days after the owner has been issued a CPR number. You can read more about importing a foreign-registered vehicle in this leaflet.

Car leasing

Car leasing has never been more popular in Denmark. There are many options and of course prices vary according to you needs.

You can for instance take a look at 'ExpatRide - Expat car leasing service' (No need for a Danish credit history to be approved to lease a car from 12 to 36 months). 

Traffic rules and regulations

In Denmark the use of headlights is obligatory 24 hours a day. You are also required to carry a warning triangle in your car. You and your passengers must always wear a seat belt when the vehicle is in motion. Read more here.

Paying for parking with your Dankort

Several of the city’s designated parking spots can be paid with Dankort, which is a relief for people that rarely have coins. The procedure is relatively simple; you slide your Dankort through the payment meter when you arrive and again when you leave. The amount for the exact time is then automatically deducted from your bank account. However, you must ensure that you use the same machine when leaving, otherwise you end up registering a second time and will end up with two parking bills for 24 hours each.


Owners of vehicles in Denmark are required by law to take out motor vehicle liability insurance. This liability insurance covers any damage you might inflict on other people or their property. For more information and prices, contact an insurance company. Note that the price may vary from one insurance company to another.

Accidents and emergencies

In case of emergency, call 112 for police, ambulance, or fire services. Emergency telephones are located along motorways at two kilometers intervals. 

It is recommended to download the app "112 app". The app works if you have GPS activated and you press “Ring 1-1-2” in the app to call the Danish emergency number. The police will then be able to locate your position. 

Planning your journey

You can find a map search application here.

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