Your application will be processed according to the rules that apply for the country that issued the original driving licence:

  • If your EU/EEA driving licence was exchanged from a non-EU/EEA country listed in § 10-2 of the Norwegian Driving Licence Regulations (in Norwegian, Lovdata), you may exchange it for a Norwegian driving licence, provided the other conditions are met.
    Example: If you have a Spanish driving licence that was issued after exchanging an American driving licence, it will be processed as an American driving licence.
  • If your EU/EEA driving licence was exchanged from a non-EU/EEA country, you may not exchange it for a Norwegian driving licence.
    Example: If you have a Polish EU/EEA driving licence that was issued after exchanging a Russian driving licence, it will be processed as a Russian driving licence. Consequently, you may not exchange it for a Norwegian driving licence.

In some cases, however, you may still be entitled to exchange an EU/EEA driving licence that was issued after exchanging a driving licence from a non-EU/EEA country.

  • If your driving entitlement was upgraded in an EU/EEA country, the added categories are also considered EU/EEA categories.
    Example: If you have a Polish driving licence that was issued after exchanging a Russian driving licence category B, which was later upgraded to include category C in Poland, category B will also be considered Polish.
  • If you pass the theory test and the practical driving test in connection with an exchange of a driving licence from a non-EU/EEA country, you may exchange your EU/EEA driving licence directly.
  • If you have had a valid driving entitlement in one or several EU/EEA countries for a continuous period of at least ten years before you took up normal residence or moved back to Norway, your driving licence will be processed as a regular EU/EEA driving licence.
    Example: If your driving licence was issued in Spain after exchanging a Moroccan driving licence, you are normally not entitled to exchanging your driving licence. However, if you have had a Spanish driving entitlement for a continuous period of at least ten years before you moved to Norway, you may exchange your Spanish driving licence for a Norwegian driving licence.

Special transitional provisions apply if you took up normal residence in Norway before 19 January 2013 and you have an EU/EEA driving licence issued before this date. In this case, your driving licence will be processed as a regular EU/EEA driving licence.