Please note that changes have been made to the rules regarding the exchange of driving licences from countries outside the EEA.

The adopted changes will be in force from 1 April 2024. You will then be able to reapply under the new rules. 

These are the main points of the changes:

A driving licence from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, the UK, Switzerland, South Korea, or the USA may be exchanged for a Norwegian driving licence.

For driving licences from Australia, Canada, Israel, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea and the USA, the following will apply:

  • There will be no deadline to apply for an exchange.
  • Passing a theory test and practical driving test will be required for the exchange of Category B (passenger car) and the A categories (motorcycles)
  • The requirement for mandatory training in night driving, first aid and the safety course on a practice track to exchange Category B will be discontinued
  • The requirement to pass a practical driving test to exchange C and D categories (lorry and bus categories) will be continued
  • You will have a maximum of two attempts to pass the practical driving test for Category B.
  • You will have a maximum of two attempts to pass the practical driving test (riding test) for A categories.
  • The maximum of two attempts to pass the practical driving test for lorry and bus categories will be continued.
  • Failed driving tests under the current rules will count as attempts when a new application for exchange is submitted after 1 April

For driving licences from Switzerland, the following will apply:

  • Swiss driving licences will be treated in the same way as EEA driving licences both in terms of exchange and how long they are valid for driving in Norway

For Japanese driving licences, the following will apply:

  • Japanese driving licences can only be exchanged in Category B. They may still be exchanged without tests. The deadline for exchange is two years after the holder took up normal residence in or moved back to Norway.

Hong Kong driving licences can no longer be exchanged.

You can find more information about the changes here (Norwegian only).