How to Buy Exchange Norway Driving Licence

( 19/01/2013 )

Driving licence exchange in Norway

 

If you are planning on obtaining a driving licence from Norway we would be glad to help! However, doing it yourself may also be an option if you are already in Norway. Here is some information to get you started.

 

All countries in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) have a ‘mutual recognition’ agreement for driving licences.

Your driving licence issued in an EU/EEA country is therefore valid for driving in Norway as long as it is valid in the country where it was issued. However, please note that licences for heavy vehicles [categories C1(E)-D1(E)-C(E)-D(E)] have to be renewed every 5 years in Norway. If you have these categories, they are valid only for 5 years from the date you took up residency in Norway.

EU/EEA licence holders who are residents in Norway may exchange their driving licence for an equivalent Norwegian driving licence. The driving licence to be exchanged must be valid and must have been issued before you took up residency in Norway. You must meet the Norwegian age requirements for the licence category in question.

If you are a resident of Norway and have acquired your driving licence during a temporary stay in another EU/EEA country, you must document at least 6 months continuous stay in the issuing country. Examples of verification: travelling documents with arrival and departure dates, records from an educational institution.

In order to exchange your licence you must provide the following documents at your local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office (in Norwegian only)

  • Driving Licence application form
  • Original driving licence
  • An authorised translation of the driving licence if it is not written in English, French or German
  • Approved picture ID
  • Registration certificate for EEA citizens
  • Certificate of residence in Norway (bostedsbevis)

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office we will keep your original driving licence and take copies of the other documents. Because you are only allowed to have one driving licence, you will not get your original driving licence back. If you for some reason need to have your licence back, the exchange procedure will be stopped. You will receive a copy of your original driving licence and a temporary driving permit valid for maximum 3 months, which will allow you to drive in Norway. We will send an enquiry to the issuing country in order to verify the validity of your driving licence. When we receive the confirmation from the issuing country, you will receive a letter from us with further information.

A Norwegian driving licence costs NOK 340. This amount must be paid when your Norwegian driving licence is issued.

If documentation from the issuing country shows that the driving licence in question is either false or invalid, the incident will be reported to the police.

 

 

Norway has driving licence exchange agreements with designated countries.

These countries are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • San Marino
  • South Korea
  • USA

If you wish to exchange your driving licence for an equivalent Norwegian driving licence, you can do so by passing a practical driving test within one year of taking up normal residence in Norway.

In addition, Norway accepts Japanese driving licences (category B) and Swiss driving licences (all categories) for exchange.

You may also exchange your driving licence within two years of taking up normal residence by passing a theoretical and a practical test and in addition completing the following mandatory training:

  • First aid (4 hours)
  • Safety and skid pan course (4 hours)
  • Night driving (3 hours)

After 2 years of normal residency in Norway, you no longer have the right to exchange your foreign driving licence. You will be considered a first-time applicant and must complete the full mandatory driving licence programme, including both theoretical and practical tests.

In order to exchange your licence you must provide the following documentation at your local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office (in Norwegian only): 

  • Driving Licence application form
  • Original driving licence
  • An authorised translation of the driving licence if it is not written in English, French or German
  • Approved picture ID
  • Residence permit
  • A document that confirms when you moved to Norway

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office we will keep your original driving licence and take copies of the other documents. Because you are only allowed to have one driving licence, you will not get your original driving licence back. If you for some reason need to have your licence back, the exchange procedure will be stopped. You will receive a copy of your original driving licence and a temporary driving permit valid for maximum 3 months, which will allow you to drive in Norway.

 

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Physical description

Size

85.60 x 53.98 mm

Format

ISO/IEC 7810ID-1

Material

Polycarbonate

Colour

Pink

Distinctive features

Bilingual (literary Norwegian and modern Norwegian, F�rerkort/F�rarkort, Norge/Noreg)


CLI

Location

Back side, bottom left corner

Characteristics

Switches between picture of holder and their social security number, which is also written in position 4d on the front of the licence.

Method of verification

Turn the document sideways on both sides


 

Bar code

Location

Back side, top left corner

Characteristics

The last 11 digits attached to the bar code must correspond to item 5 on the front page of the document.

Method of verification

View with the naked eye.



Categories

Category

Period of validity

AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE, (S), (T)

Until 60: 15 years; after 60: until 75; between 75-77: 3 years; after 78: 2 years

C1, C, D1, D, C1E, CE, D1E, DE

Until 66: 5 years; after 66: until 71; above 70: 1 year



National categories

National category

Description of national category

T

Tractor maximum design speeds of 40 km/h

S

Snowmobile with or without a trailer sledge


Codes

National codes

Description

100

2-year trial period (expiry date of the trial period)

101

Course in night driving not completed

110

Geographic restrictions (name of city/region printed on the licence) (code not in use after 28 February 2002)

120

Restricted to a specific vehicle category (AM, S or T) or registration number

130

Also applies to a specific vehicle/vehicle registration number

131

Also applies to fire engine (lorry) which is classified for tax purposes as motorised equipment

132

Also applies to driving with trailer or trailer equipment of maximum authorised weight (respectively) 2,000 kg and 3,500 kg, if attached to a category C or D vehicle

140

Entitled to drive motorised equipment

142

Tractor (unlimited), with or without trailer. Also applies for motorised equipment, cf. art. 3-18, with or without trailer

143

Tractor (unlimited), with or without trailer of maximum authorised weight 750 kg. Also applies for motorised equipment, cf. art. 3-18, with or without trailer, of maximum authorised weight 750 kg

144

Tractor (up to a maximum speed of 40 km/h), maximum authorised weight of 25,000 kg, with or without trailer.

Also applies for corresponding motorised equipment, cf. art. 3-18, with or without trailer

145

Restricted to 2-wheel mopeds and low-powered motor tricycle or quadricycle (moped) with specific weight of maximum 150 kg.

The category does not exempt the driver from the basic traffic course.

146

Restricted to 2-wheel mopeds and low-powered motor tricycle or quadricycle (moped) with specific weight of maximum 150 kg

147

Restricted to low-powered motor tricycle or quadricycle (moped)

150

Entitled to drive snowmobile with unlimited weight/power ratio

152

Entitled to drive motorised equipment with maximum authorised weight of 7,500 kg or over, up to a maximum speed of 50 km/h

160

Entitled to drive an emergency vehicle (date of expiry of authorisation)

 

 

 

Models N1–N4.

All Norwegian driving licences have preprinted text in ‘bokmål’ or in ‘nynorsk’. The two forms  of language have equal status. The words ‘førerkort’ and ‘Norge’ show that the text is in ‘bokmål’; ‘førarkort’  and ‘Noreg’ indicate the form of ‘nynorsk’.
 2. Model N1.
If the licence was valid on 2 April 1982, this model is valid until the holder’s 100th birthday, ir- respective of the date of expiry recorded on the licence document. This only applies if the initial validity of  the document was 10 years.
Models N1–N4.
 In case the holder of such a licence is older than 70 years, he has to carry a medical certificate  with him. The certificate has to be renewed after one, two, three, four or five years.
 Model N1.
If any restrictive entry had been recorded on this driving licence model, the licence was exempt  from the regulation on lifelong validity for models valid on 2 April 1982. In case of doubts because of entries  on the document, the accompanying translation for the document or Norwegian issuing authorities should  be consulted.
Model N2.
The stamp with the restricting text is on the reverse side of the licence. Model N2. Driving licences of category B+E, which were first issued before 1 April 1979 and were subse- quently exchanged for model N2, entitle the holder to drive category A1 in addition.
Models N2, N3.
The entitlement to drive C1 (and C1E) vehicles becomes void if the holder does not exchange  the licence for model N4 prior to 1 January 2002. Model N3. If the following entitlement is stamped on the reverse side of the driving licence: ‘Gjelder også bil  med tillatt totalvekt ikke over 7 500 kg og høyst 8 passasjerplasser’ (Valid for motor car with maximum au- thorised weight less than 7 500 kilograms and maximum eight passenger seats), the holder is additionally  entitled to drive C1 vehicles. To keep this entitlement, he has to exchange his licence for model N4 prior to 1  January 2002.

 Model N3.

Driving licences of category BE, which were first issued before 1 April 1979, were subsequently  exchanged for model N3 and which bear the following stamp: ‘Gjelder også for: — lett motorsykkel — bil som har tillatt totalvekt mindre enn 7 500 kg og høyst 8 passasjer- plasser’ entitle the holder to drive category A1 in addition. Driving licences of category BE, which were obtained between 1 April 1979 and 30 September 1992, which  were subsequently exchanged for model N3 and which bear the following stamp: ‘Gjelder også bil med tillatt totalvekt ikke over 7500 kg og høyst 8 passasjerplasser’ entitle the holder to drive category A1 in addition. This entitlement may only be maintained if the holder exchanges his licence for model N4 before 1 January  2002. Model N3.
The categories C1, C1E, D1 and D1E were introduced on 1 January 1997. D1 and D1E replaced D2  and D2E as of this date. N: Description and security features
Model N1. Description:
 Dark green cover, model folded in format A 7, six pages. The word ‘Førerkort’ or ‘Førarkort’ is printed on  the front cover. Security features: No special security features. Model N2. Description: Bright pink paper model encased in clear plastic, two pages. Security features: Coloured watermark photographic paper, encased in clear plastic extending beyond all edges.  Stamp overlapping photo, signature of official and seal embossed in laminate. Model N3. Description: Bright pink and grey paper model encased in clear plastic, two pages. Security features: Coloured watermark photographic paper, encased in clear plastic extending beyond all edges.  Hologram seal overlapping stamp, both overlapping photo, signature of official and seal embossed in laminate. 
 Model N4. Security features:
 *Guilloche (security pattern which is also visible through the picture) *Micro text *UV-printing (visible only in ultraviolet light) *Laser hologram containing the distinguishing sign for Norway and the holder’s social security number (in corre- spondence with position 4 d on the front page) *Bar code where the last 11 digits contain the licence number (in correspondence with position 5 on the front page)