Renewal of heavy vehicle categories
You must renew your licence for heavy vehicle categories every five years. From the age of 66, and in some other cases, you must renew it more often.
“Heavy vehicle categories” refers to lorry (C, CE, C1, C1E), bus (D, DE) and minibus (D1, D1E). You will receive notification three months before your driving entitlement (licence category) expires.
You need to submit a health certificate
You need to submit a valid health certificate before you can renew your driving licence for heavy vehicle categories. You can obtain such a certificate from your doctor. In some cases, you will also need to submit an eyesight certificate from an optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye specialist). Find out from your doctor whether this is necessary.
Send your health certificate to your local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office
We need the original version of your health certificate. It must not be more than three months old when we receive it. You can mail it to your nearest Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office (trafikkstasjon). You can also hand it in yourself.
You can renew your driving licence once we have registered your health certificate
It may take up to a week from the time we receive your health certificate, before it is registered in our systems.
Once we have registered your certificate
- you will receive confirmation by SMS and email
- you can see that it has been registered on Your Page
The term of validity of your new driving licence will be determined based on the date when the health certificate was issued.
Have you recently completed the skidpan driving course (Safety course on a practice track)?
Have you completed the skidpan course after you obtained a driving licence for Category C, D or CE? You can renew your driving licence as soon as your driving school/course organiser has informed us that you have completed the course.
Expired licences for heavy vehicle categories
If your licence includes heavy vehicle categories that have expired, you do not have a driving entitlement for these categories until you have renewed your driving licence.
If you passed a practical driving test when you acquired a driving licence for heavy vehicle categories or later, you can renew your driving licence on Your Page or by visiting a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office.
Some categories require practical driving tests
It was previously possible to acquire Categories C1 and C1E without taking a driving test (acquired as stamped-on entitlements). If you acquired Category C1 (and C1E if applicable) this way, you need to both pass a driving test and submit a new health certificate if the expiry date was more than five years ago. However, you do not need to take a driving test if you have passed a test in connection with
- renewing the driving entitlement (licence category)
- having the driving entitlement (licence category) reinstated after your licence was revoked
- upgrading your driving licence to include an equal-level or more comprehensive category
If you acquired Category C1 (and C1E if applicable) without taking a driving test
If you acquired Category C1 (and C1E if applicable) without taking a driving test (as a stamped-on entitlement), you had to renew this category with a health certificate by 1 January 2002. If you failed to do so, you lost your entitlement. To acquire Category C1, and if applicable C1E, you need to upgrade your licence to include this category by undergoing the mandatory training and taking the tests.
If you have upgraded from Category C1 to D1
If you have upgraded from Category C1 to Category D1, you passed a practical driving test when you acquired Category D1. Category D1 is equivalent to Category C1, so you do not have to take a driving test to renew Category C1. This applies even if you originally acquired Category C1 without taking a driving test.
If you acquired Category D1E on the basis of C1E without a test
If it has been more than five years since Categories C1E and D1E expired, you will need to pass a driving test in one of these categories before you can renew them.
Length of validity
If you acquired or renewed your licence for a heavy vehicle category after 10 September 2008, it is normally valid for five years.
Exceptions where the driving licences has a shorter term of validity
- If you have reached the age of 70, your driving entitlement (licence category) is valid for one year at a time.
- If you have reached the age of 66, your driving entitlement (licence category) is valid until the day before you turn 71.
- Your driving licence may have a shorter term of validity due to your health.
- Your driving licence will have a shorter term of validity if you have not completed all mandatory training.