In these cases, the main rule of direct exchange does not apply. Instead, 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, 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 extended 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 extended 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.