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I have moved to Oslo and the region

You’ve moved to Oslo, found a job and a place to live. Congratulations and velkommen! Once here, you might have a few questions about working in Norway – from paid vacation to taxes and health services. We have gathered the most crucial information you need in order to find your feet.

If you haven’t yet sorted out your visa, D-number or bank account, please have a look through our “Moving to Oslo? A Practical Guide” section, which provides you with everything you need to know in order to be allowed to work and live in Oslo.

  1. 01 Norwegian working culture
  2. 02 Rights and opportunities
  3. 03 Health care & services
  4. 04 Schools and kindergarten
  5. 05 The Norwegian tax system
  6. 06 Find a job in Norway
  7. 07 How to start a company in the Oslo region
  8. 08 Navigate the startup ecosystem
  9. 09 Continuing education
  10. 10 Learn the Norwegian language
  11. 11 Getting around Oslo and the region
  12. 12 Obtaining and Exchanging a Driver's License in Norway
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12 Obtaining and Exchanging a Driver's License in Norway

Norway, known for its stunning landscapes and well-maintained roadways, offers a comprehensive system for obtaining and exchanging driver's licenses. Whether you're a resident looking to get your first license or a foreigner hoping to exchange your existing license, Norway's driving license process is well-structured and efficient, but keep in mind deadlines and the potential cost.

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Obtaining a Norwegian Driver's License

Obtaining a driver's license in Norway is a step-by-step process designed to ensure that drivers are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the roads safely. Here's a concise breakdown of the procedure:

  1. Driver's Training: Begin by enrolling in a driving school approved by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen). You'll need to complete a minimum of 18 hours of theoretical instruction and 16 hours of practical training.
  2. Theory Test: After completing the theoretical instruction, you'll need to pass a theory test. This test assesses your knowledge of road rules, traffic signs, and safe driving practices.
  3. Practical Training: The practical training consists of on-road lessons with a qualified instructor. You'll also need to complete a mandatory night driving session and a course on first aid.
  4. Practical Test: Once your instructor feels you're ready, you'll take the practical driving test. This test evaluates your ability to apply the skills you've learned in real-world driving situations.
  5. Obtaining the License: Upon successfully passing both the theory and practical tests, you can apply for your Norwegian driver's license at a local service center of the Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen).

Getting a license in Norway is more costly than in most other countries, but the comprehensive training is an investment into safe driving, for both you and others.

For all necessary information, visit Statens Vegvesen online and learn all about how to get a driver's license in Norway.

Exchanging a Foreign Driver's License in Norway

If you already possess a valid driver's license from another country and are residing in Norway, you may be able to exchange it for a Norwegian license. Here's the process:

  1. Eligibility: To exchange your foreign driver's license, you must be a legal resident of Norway and have a valid residence permit. Additionally, your foreign license must be valid or have expired no more than a year ago.
  2. Documentation: Prepare the necessary documents, which usually include your valid passport, valid residence permit, foreign driver's license, and a medical certificate from a Norwegian doctor stating that you are fit to drive.
  3. Application: Visit a local service center of the Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) to submit your application for exchanging the foreign license. The application form is available online as well.
  4. Verification: The authorities will review your application and documents. They may also request additional information if necessary.
  5. Processing Time: The processing time can vary, but you should receive your Norwegian driver's license within a few weeks if all the documents are in order.

Important: The deadline for exchanging your foreign driving license for passenger car is one year from the date you took up residence in Norway.

Not all driver's licenses can be exchanged in Norway, it depends if the license is issued by EU/EEA countries, or from selected non-EU/EEA countries.

For all the necessary information, visit Statens Vegvesen online to see what you have to submit.

Did you know that in Oslo you don't really need a car?

It is not really necessary to have a car in the Oslo region as the access everywhere with public transport is much better than with a car. If you however want to roam to the mountains of Norway, or drive to more remote places, having a valid driving license and access to car is good.

Read more about getting around in the Oslo region here.