An international driving licence is required as a supplement to some driving licences. If you are not sure if your driving licence can be used in Norway without additional documentation, we recommend that you get an international driving licence pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna conventions (grey booklet with white pages) before you come to Norway.

Persons who work for travelling circuses or fun fairs, and who have valid work permits, may use their national driving licence in Norway for up to six months.

Driving licence requirements

Norway is bound by two international agreements on road traffic. Each agreement has a driving licence model that prescribes content requirements for the national driving licence. Additionally, they each contain a model for international driving licences.

  • If your driving licence was issued in a country signatory to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic of 1949, and it was issued pursuant to this driving licence model, you may use the driving licence in Norway for up to three months.
  • If your driving licence was issued in a country signatory to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of 1968, and it was issued pursuant to this driving licence model, you may use the driving licence in Norway for up to three months.
  • If your driving licence was issued in a country signatory to the Geneva Convention or the Vienna Convention, but it was not issued pursuant to the driving licence models, you also need a certified translation of your driving licence. We recommend that you obtain an international driving licence pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna conventions (grey booklet with white pages). In these cases, however, we also accept an original translation from the driving licence authorities in the issuing country, a translation in Norway by a state authorised translator, or a translation by a person from the Interpreter Service of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)government-approved interpreter and/or a person who teaches at a government-authorised institution.
  • If your driving licence was issued in a country not signatory to the Geneva or Vienna conventions, but the driving licence is identical to the driving licence model in one of the conventions or the EEA model, you may use your driving licence in Norway for up to three months, provided the text on your driving licence is in English, French or German. If the text is in another language, your driving licence will only be accepted together with an international driving licence model pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna conventions.

You will need an international driving licence in addition to your national driving licence if

  • Your driving licence does not have your photo on it
  • The text on your driving licence is not written or repeated using the Latin alphabet (but in Arabic, Cyrillic, Japanese, etc.)
  • The categories on your driving licence are not specified in the international categories pursuant to the Geneva or Vienna conventions