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Exchange of a non-EU driver’s license is cumbersome and time consuming.

“If I fail this driving test one more time due to the language barrier, we are out of here.  It’s not worth it.” - spouse of A.P. Møller-Mærsk expat employee

“Something seemingly as small as exchanging a driver’s licence has a significant effect on the settling in of a new expat employee and his or her family.  Additionally, it pulls the employee’s focus off of what is a critical ramping up time in the new position.” - Managing Director, Microsoft Denmark

 

When taking up formal residence in Denmark, a foreign driver’s license is no longer valid and needs to be exchanged for a license issued in Denmark.

As from April 1 2016 the rules around the exchange of driver’s licenses was finally changed, which extended the list of countries from where drivers are allowed to exchange their license without passing a test first.

When taking up formal residence in Denmark, a foreign driver’s license is no longer valid and needs to be exchanged for a license issued in Denmark.

As from April 1 2016 the rules around the exchange of driver’s licenses was finally changed, which extended the list of countries from where drivers are allowed to exchange their license without passing a test first.

Foreign workers from EU-countries, Nordic Countries, Lichtenstein, Japan, South Korea, Russia or Switzerland may simply exchange their domestic driving license to a Danish driving license. Additionally, people from Singapore, USA, Canada, Australia, Chile or Bosnia-Herzegovina (the so called “Group 2 countries”) may also exchange their license subject to declaring that they have been driving regularly.

For more information about the rules, click here to read

Apparently the administration of the new rules on Group 2 countries may vary among municipalities. AmCham therefore continues to monitor the situation in order to ensure a greater consistency across the country.

Foreign workers from other countries (for example India or China), still need to pass a driving test to obtain a Danish driver’s license.

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