In Norway, you can use a valid driving licence from any country for up to three months. You must meet the Norwegian age requirements.

This applies regardless of whether you are staying in Norway temporarily or you have your normal residence here. You will find age requirements in the information section about each driving licence category.

If you have a temporary residence permit up to six months and a valid employment contract, you can drive in Norway with a driving licence from another country throughout your stay. You need to carry with you your residence permit as well as your employment contract when you are driving.

Driving licences from the UK

A British driving licence entitles the holder to the same rights as if the licence was issued in an EEA country. This means that you do not need an international driving licence to drive in Norway. You can use your British driving licence whether you are a tourist or live here. 

Do you need an international driving licence?

For some driving licences, there is a requirement to obtain an international driving licence. An international driving licence is a translation of your driving license. If you are in doubt as to whether you need a certified translation of your driving licence, we recommend that you have an international driving licence issued before your arrival in Norway. An international driving licence must comply with the Geneva or Vienna Convention, and you should have it issued in the country that issued your driving licence.

Driving licence requirements

Norway is bound by two international agreements on road traffic. Each of these agreements has a model for national driving licences and a model for international driving licences.  

If one of the points below is correct, you can drive with your driving licence in Norway for up to three months – or for six months if you have a residence permit and an employment contract:

  • It was issued by a country that is party to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic of 1949, and issued pursuant to this driving licence model. 
  • It was issued by a country that is party to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of 1968, and issued pursuant to this driving licence model.
  • It was issued by a country that is party to the Geneva or Vienna Convention, but not issued pursuant to either of these driving licence models. In this case, you need a certified translation of your driving licence, such as an international driving licence issued pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna Convention. It may also be an original translation from the driving licence authorities in the issuing country, from an authorised translator in Norway, from a translator from a translator from the Norwegian local government Interpreter Service, or from a person who teaches at a government-authorised institution.
  • It was issued by a country that is not party to the Geneva or Vienna Convention, but it follows the model of one of the conventions, or the EEA model, and the text of the driving licence is in English, French or German. In addition, if the text is in a different language, you need an international driving licence pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna Convention.

When do you need an international driving licence?

You need an international driving licence in addition to your regular driving licence if, for example,

  • your driving licence does not have a photo
  • the information on your driving licence is written in an alphabet other than the Latin alphabet, such as Arabic, Cyrillic or Japanese
  • the categories on your driving licence are different from the international categories pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna Convention