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Denmark – Driving Licenses

Denmark is a country that values the safety of its roads and the people who use them. To drive in Denmark, you need a valid driving license. In this article, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about driving licenses in Denmark.

Can foreign nationals use their own licenses indefinitely or for a limited period in Denmark?

If you are a foreign national visiting Denmark, you can use your own driving license to drive for up to 90 days. If you are staying in Denmark for a longer period, you will need to exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license.

Are there any agreements in place which allow foreign nationals to simply exchange their licence for a local one or is a driving test necessary in Denmark?

If you are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you can exchange your driving license for a Danish driving license without taking a driving test. You will need to provide proof of residency in Denmark and meet the minimum age requirements for the relevant vehicle categories.

If you are from a country outside the EU/EEA, you will need to take a driving test to obtain a Danish driving license. However, the Danish authorities may grant you exemption from some or all parts of the driving test if your foreign driving license is from a country with which Denmark has an agreement on driver’s licenses.

What is the procedure for exchanging, obtaining, renewing a driving license in Denmark and what are the contact details of relevant government departments or agencies involved?

To exchange a foreign driving license for a Danish driving license, you will need to go to the local Citizen Service Center (Borgerservice) and bring your foreign driving license, a passport photo, and proof of your address in Denmark. You will also need to pay a fee.

To obtain a Danish driving license, you will need to complete a driving course and pass a driving test. You can find information about driving schools and the driving test on the website of the Danish Road Safety Agency (Rådet for Sikker Trafik).


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To renew a Danish driving license, you can go to the local Citizen Service Center (Borgerservice) and apply for a renewal. You will need to bring your old driving license and pay a fee.

Is an International Driving Permit recognized in Denmark?

Yes, an International Driving Permit is recognized in Denmark. However, you must also carry your national driving license with you.

Describe the penalty system for motoring offences in relation to driving licenses in Denmark.

In Denmark, motoring offences are taken very seriously. If you are caught driving without a valid driving license, you may be fined, and your car may be impounded. If you commit a traffic offence while driving in Denmark, you may also face fines and penalties, and your driving license may be suspended or revoked.

In addition, Denmark operates a points system for driving offences. If you accumulate too many points, your driving license may be suspended or revoked. The number of points you receive depends on the severity of the offence, and the points remain on your record for three years.

In Denmark, foreign nationals can use their own driving license for up to 90 days, after which they will need to exchange it for a Danish driving license. The procedure for obtaining a Danish driving license varies depending on your country of origin. An International Driving Permit is recognized in Denmark, but you must also carry your national driving license with you. Motoring offences in Denmark are taken very seriously, and penalties can include fines, license suspension or revocation, and impounding of your vehicle.


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