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Introduction to Norway’s Driving License Test

Norway’s picturesque landscapes make it an ideal destination to explore. Understanding driving license regulations is crucial whether you visit or reside in this beautiful country. This article offers comprehensive insights into driving permits for foreign nationals in Norway.

General Guidelines for Driving Licenses among Foreign Nationals in Norway

For foreign nationals visiting or planning to settle in Norway, you can utilize your home country’s driving license for up to three months from your arrival in Norway. Following this period, obtaining a Norwegian driving license becomes mandatory. The clock starts ticking on this three-month window from your arrival date, not the date of license issuance.

How to Obtain a Driving License in Norway

You can initiate the process of acquiring a driving license through the Norwegian Public Roads Administration website. Additionally, if you intend to become a professional driver, obtaining a special professional driver qualification is mandatory in conjunction with holding a driving license.

To secure a driving license in Norway, you must:

  1. Reside in Norway for a minimum of six months.
  2. Meet the age requirements.
  3. Apply for a driving license.
  4. Satisfy health requirements and provide documented good conduct (issued by the police) during your initial application for a driving license.
  5. Complete all mandatory training through an approved driving school (trafikkskole/kjøreskole).

Procedure for Exchanging, Obtaining, and Renewing a Driving License in Norway

Bring an original foreign license, proof of residency, identity, and translation to exchange for Norwegian support if needed.

Obtaining a Driving License: You must apply at a driver and vehicle licensing office to get a Norwegian driving license. This involves completing an application form, providing proof of identity and residency, and successfully passing theory and practical driving tests. Be prepared for a process that may take several weeks to complete.

If you hold a Norwegian driving license, you should know it is typically valid for ten years. If your request is nearing its expiry date, you must renew it. You can visit any driver and vehicle licensing office to renew your driving license. Ensure you carry your current license, valid proof of identity, and residency while visiting the office.

Contact Information for Relevant Government Departments or Agencies

  • Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA)
  • Driver and vehicle licensing offices

International Driving Permit (IDP)

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recognized in Norway but must accompany your original driving license from your home country. An IDP remains valid for one year from its issue date. You should obtain a Norwegian driving license if you plan to stay in Norway for over a year.