An EU/EEA driving licence issued after exchanging a driving licence from a non-EU/EEA country can normally be used and exchanged according to the rules that apply for the country in which the driving licence was originally issued.

You may not exchange national categories that fall outside the scope of the driving licence directive’s international categories.

Once you have received your Norwegian driving licence, your foreign driving licence will be returned to the issuing country. Your new Norwegian driving licence will then be valid in all EU/EEA countries.

How to exchange your EU/EEA driving licence

When you apply for an exchange of a driving licence that was issued in another EU/EEA country, you have to go to a driver and vehicle licensing office or submit the application by post. In both cases, you have to submit a completed application form, your original driving licence and documentation of when you took up normal residence in Norway.

If you are entitled to a temporary driving permit when you submit the application, you have to present valid proof of identity.

Brexit and driving licences

For a transition period after the UK left the EU (from 1 February 2020 up to and including 31 December 2020), a British driving licence will continue to entitle the holder to the same rights as if the licence was issued in an EEA country. This means that British driving licences can still be used in Norway, both for temporary visitors and for those who come to settle here. As before, a British driving licence will entitle the holder to exchange the licence for a Norwegian one without taking a test.

The intention is to treat British driving licences similarly to driving licences from EEA countries even after the transition period, but this will depend on the UK's negotiations with the EU. We expect the issue to be finally settled in good time before the transition period expires. We will post updated information as soon as it becomes available.

British authorities have also informed us that the UK after leaving the EU will continue to fully accept Norwegian driving licences for driving in the UK as visitors, and also for exchange.

Was your application to have your licence exchanged rejected before 1 March 2017?

On 1 March 2017, the procedural rules for the exchange of driving licences issued in EU/EEA countries were changed. If your application to have your licence exchanged was rejected on the basis of Section 1-2 of the Regulations relating to Driving Licences, you may file a new application. The changes to the regulations relate to where you have permanent (“normal”) residence or reside as a student. Read more about conditions for exchanging a driving licence.