Non-EU Driver's License Exchange

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


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. On the other hand, other foreign talents from, for example, the USA, Canada, India and China, need to pass a driving test to obtain a Danish driving license.

AmCham Denmark believes the process that must be undertaken in Denmark to drive a car legally is extreme. When one considers that the average foreign manager and his/her spouse entering Denmark have been licensed drivers in a country other than Denmark for several years, if not many, it seems burdensome to have to retake a driving test.  Especially when put into the perspective that a tourist can legally drive in Denmark for up to six months (the entire legal length of stay on an extended tourist visa).

While this issue seems minor, it has such a substantial impact on the on-boarding of expat families, that its importance cannot be overstressed.

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