Driving licences in Sweden

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Read about recognition and validity of driving licences in Sweden.

When you move permanently to Sweden

Valid driving licences in Sweden

Driving licences issued in Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway are valid in Sweden if:

  • the driving licence is valid in the country in which it was issued
  • the driving licence has not been exchanged for a Swedish driving licence
  • the holder does not also have a Swedish driving licence that has been revoked or withdrawn.

If you have a driving licence that satisfies the above requirements, the licence is valid in Sweden even if you are registered in the Swedish Population Register and regardless of how long you have been registered.

You can exchange your driving licence from another Nordic country for a Swedish driving licence if the licence is valid in the country in which it was issued and you are living permanently in Sweden.

A driving licence issued in the Faroe Islands or Greenland cannot be exchanged for a Swedish driving licence.

Driving test

You can only take a driving test in the country in which you are registered in a population register.

International driving licence

Your normal driving licence is sufficient in all EU/EEA countries. If you are staying in a country outside the EU/EEA for a long period, you should have an international driving licence. An international driving licence does not replace the normal driving licence, but it is proof that you are entitled to drive a car, so you should also have your normal driving licence with you.

When you move temporarily to Sweden

If you move temporarily to Sweden you should keep your driving licence from your home country.

When you move from Sweden

If you move to another Nordic country from Sweden, you can no longer get a new driving licence issued in Sweden if you lose your driving licence or want it renewed. It is therefore a good idea to exchange your Swedish driving licence in your new home country when you move there.

If you try to renew your Swedish driving licence in another Nordic country when it has expired, you must take the driving test again in your new home country.

The Nordic countries have different regulations for how long a driving licence is valid. If you have a driving licence issued in a Nordic country, the following regulations apply:

Denmark

A Danish driving licence is valid until your 70th birthday. After that, you can extend it with a doctor’s certificate.

Finland

A Finnish driving licence is valid for 2-15 years depending on age.

Iceland

An Icelandic driving licence is valid for 2-15 years depending on age.

Norway

A Norwegian driving licence is valid until your 75th birthday. After that, you must have a doctor’s certificate to get it renewed.

Sweden

A normal Swedish driving licence for a car is valid for ten years at a time.

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