You must have a full driving entitlement
To be allowed to exchange your foreign driving licence, your must have a full driving entitlement at the time you leave the issuing country. This means that the entitlements on your foreign driving licence must be the same as those on a Norwegian driving licence in the corresponding category. For example, there cannot be any restriction on use (when or where you can drive), or on whether or not you can drive with passengers. There cannot be any restrictions on the licence with regard to extending it to other categories. You have to have completed all training and tests in the issuing country.
Please note that a number of countries, among them the USA and Canada, have a system with graduated driver licensing. For example, a “Provisional Driver’s License”, which is issued in many American states, often contains restrictions that do not reflect the entitlements you have with a Norwegian driving licence in the same category. If your licence has such restrictions, and these restrictions had not expired by the time you left the issuing country, it cannot be exchanged for a Norwegian driving licence.
If there are restriction on your driving licence that do not correspond with the entitlements of the equivalent Norwegian driving licence categories, but you still believe that you had a full driving entitlement at the time you left the issuing country, you need a written, stamped and signed confirmation from the driving licence authorities in the issuing country. The document must contain your full name and driving licence number, and it must give an individual certification that you have a full driving entitlement at the time you leave the issuing country.
Your driving entitlement must be valid
You must have a valid foreign driving licence when you apply for an exchange in Norway. If the validity has expired, you will need a confirmation from the issuing country stating that you still have a valid driving entitlement in that country. The document with a confirmation must be individual, written, signed and stamped by the driving licence authorities in the issuing country.
You must document your studies abroad
If you have normal residence in Norway and you obtained your driving licence during a temporary period of studies abroad, you have to document that you were studying in the issuing country for a continuous period of at least six months when you obtained your driving licence. You must document when the study began and ended, e.g. a confirmation from the school or university in the issuing country or in Norway. It is not enough to provide an offer letter or a school report that does not show the dates of when the study began and ended.
The deadline for exchange runs from the date you returned to Norway; therefore, you are required to document your return date. You can do this by presenting a copy of your return ticket to Norway.