Driving licence in Denmark

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Here you can read about which driving licences are valid in Denmark, how you can obtain and renew a driving licence in Denmark, and how you can exchange a foreign driving licence for a Danish one.

You must have a valid driving licence to drive a car, van, lorry, bus, moped or motorcycle in Denmark. You also need a driving licence to drive with a large trailer. If you are 15, 16 or 17 years of age, you must have a driving licence to drive a small moped.  

Danish driving licences

What kinds of driving licences are there?

Danish driving licences are divided into various categories:

  • Moped: small (LK), large (AM)
  • Motorcycle: small (A1), medium (A2), large (A)
  • Car: ordinary (B)
  • Lorry: van (C1), lorry (C)
  • Bus: small (D1), large (D)
  • Trailer: large (E)
  • Vehicle with trailer: normal car (B/E), van (C1/E), lorry (C/E), small bus (D1/E), large bus (D/E)

What requirements do you need to meet to get a driving licence?

If you have not had a driving licence before, or if you wish to extend your licence to a new category, you must take a course of driving lessons for the licence category you want, given by an approved driving instructor. You must also pass a driving test (a theory test and a practical test). In order to obtain a driving licence in Denmark, you must also be registered in the Danish national register (Folkeregistret).

In addition to a declaration of consent, you will need the following when you apply for a driving licence:

  • A lifelike photo
  • Your passport or other ID
  • A doctor’s certificate 
  • A course certificate for traffic-related first aid 
  • A residence permit, if you are not a Danish or Nordic national and cannot be legally resident in Denmark without a permit.

The municipality may ask you to provide additional documentation, for example if the municipality considers it necessary for you to prove that you are resident in Denmark.

You can find driving schools at Dansk Kørerlærer-Union:  

When can you get a driving licence for an ordinary car?

You can start taking driving lessons for an ordinary car at age 17 years and 9 months, but you cannot obtain a licence until you are 18. On 1 January 2017, a new experimental scheme came into force which allows you to get a driving licence at age 17 under special rules.  You can read more at borger.dk.  

The various categories of driving licences have different periods of validity.

  • Driving licences for ordinary cars, mopeds and motorcycles are generally valid for 15 years at a time. However, the period may be shorter if there are health reasons for this.
  • Driving licences for vans, lorries and buses are generally valid for five years at a time.

Driving licences issued before 2013 are valid until the date indicated on the card. 

You can read more about the validity of driving licences at borger.dk.  

Can you use your Danish driving licence abroad?

Your normal driving licence is sufficient throughout the Nordic countries, the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

If you are staying in a country outside the EU or EEA, you may need an international driving licence. You can contact the embassy of the country to which you are travelling for more information. Please note that you may need several international driving licences if you will be driving in several countries on the same trip.

If you move to another Nordic country and have a Danish driving licence, it is usually necessary to exchange your Danish driving licence for one issued in your new country of residence before the Danish licence expires.  

Can you use your foreign driving licence in Denmark?

You can generally use valid driving licences in Denmark if they have been issued in a Nordic country, an EU country, Switzerland, Liechtenstein or the Faroe Islands. Special rules apply to Greenlandic driving licences. 

Driving licences from EU and EEA countries

If you have a driving licence issued in an EU or EEA country, you can drive the same vehicles in Denmark as you can under your valid licence from the country of issue. However, you must meet the age requirements for the issue of an equivalent Danish driving licence (with certain exceptions for driving licences from EU and EEA countries). 

Although there is no obligation to exchange your licence, you can apply for a Danish licence if you wish. You are not normally required to take a driving test in connection with the exchange.

Faroese driving licence

A Faroese driving licence is equivalent in all respects to a Danish driving licence and entitles you to drive the same vehicles in Denmark as it entitles you to in the Faroe Islands during the period of validity, unless this period is longer than until you turn 70, in the case of a driving licence for a lorry or bus.

Although there is no obligation to exchange your licence, you can apply for a Danish licence if you wish. You are not normally required to take a driving test in connection with the exchange.

Greenlandic driving licence

If you have a Greenlandic driving licence, you have the right to drive with your valid Greenlandic driving licence for up to 180 days after you have established residence in Denmark. However, it is a condition that you meet the age requirements for the issue of an equivalent Danish driving licence. 

If you wish to continue driving in Denmark after 180 days from the date when you established normal residence in Denmark, you must exchange your Greenlandic driving licence for a Danish driving licence. In this connection, you will have to take a driving test. It is possible to have your Greenlandic driving licence equated with a Danish driving licence without an exchange. You can read more about this on the website of the Danish Road Traffic Authority.

Driving licences from other countries

If you have a driving licence issued in another country, or if you have a driving licence that was exchanged with a driving licence issued in another country, special rules apply. You can read about these rules on the website of the Danish Road Traffic Authority.

How do you exchange a foreign driving licence for a Danish one?

If you live in Denmark and have a driving licence issued in an EU or EEA country or the Faroe Islands, you can in most cases exchange your licence for a Danish one. Contact the citizen service centre (Borgerservice) in your municipality. You can read about the documentation you need to take with you on the website of the Danish Road Traffic Authority.

In order to exchange a Greenlandic driving licence for a Danish one, you must first take a driving test.

Who should you contact if you have questions?

If you have questions about applying for or exchanging a driving licence, contact the citizen service centre (Borgerservice) in your municipality. If you have general questions, you can contact the Danish Road Traffic Authority.

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