Driving licences from the following non-EU/EEA countries may be exchanged:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
If you have a full driving licence from a non-EU/EEA country that is not on the list above, you have to obtain your driving licence in the same manner as Norwegian first-time appliers. You are exempt from some parts of the basic traffic course, but you do have to complete the compulsory night driving instruction, first aid and behaviour in the event of an accident.
How do you exchange a foreign driving licence?
When you apply for an exchange of a foreign driving licence, you have to go to a driver and vehicle licensing office or submit your application by post. In both cases, you have to submit a completed application form, the original driving licence and documentation of when you took up permanent residence or moved back to Norway. If you are entitled to a temporary driving permit when you submit the application, you have to present valid proof of identity.
If you have moved to Norway from a country outside the EU/EEA, you must present a residence certificate as documentation of when you took up permanent residence in Norway. The deadline for exchange is calculated from the date when you took up permanent residence. If you have received more than one residence permit without having lived in other countries in the meantime, you have to present the first residence permit.
If you obtained the driving licence abroad after you were registered with permanent residence in Norway, you have to document that you had either permanent residence in the country that issued the driving licence at the time it was issued, or that you obtained your driving licence during a period of study that lasted for at least six months.