Norway Driving Licence or Driver Permit

Norway Driving Licence : Getting a driver’s license in Norway allows you to legally operate vehicles on public roads.

This guide covers everything you need to know about getting a new license, renewing, replacing, updating your address, taking exams, paying fines, and other driving services in Norway.

Getting a New Norway Driving Licence

Here are the steps to obtain your first driver’s license in Norway:


To get any type of driver’s license in Norway, you must:

  • Be 16+ years old for a motorcycle license or 18+ for a car/truck license
  • Pass theory and practical driving tests
  • Meet medical and vision requirements
  • Show proof of identity and legal residency
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate

Documentation Needed

To apply for a license, you’ll need:

  • Valid passport or Norwegian national ID
  • Proof of legal residency if foreign
  • First aid certificate
  • 2 passport photos
  • Completed application form

You may also need:

  • Medical report if you have health conditions
  • Proof of traffic school enrollment if under 18

Steps to Getting a New License

  1. Enroll in traffic school if under 18
  2. Pass the theory test on road rules
  3. Take professional driving lessons
  4. Pass the practical driving test
  5. Get your photo taken at the license office
  • New licenses are valid for 15 years
  • Fees total around NOK 1,740

Renewing a Norwegian Driver’s License

  • Licenses must be renewed every 15 years
  • Renew up to 1 year before expiration
  • Meet current medical and vision standards
  • Retake theory test if expired over 3 years
  • Pay NOK 510 renewal fee

Replacing a Lost or Stolen License

If your license is lost, stolen or damaged:

  • Report loss to police, get a report
  • Bring report and ID to license office
  • Pay NOK 510 replacement fee
  • Get new photo taken, new license issued
  • Must replace within 3 weeks of loss

Updating Your Address on License

When you move, update your license within 4 weeks:

  • Bring proof of new address to license office
  • Pay NOK 199 admin fee
  • Get photo taken for license with updated address

Retaking the Driving Exam

You may need to retake driving tests if:

  • You fail a test initially
  • Your license expired over 3 years ago
  • Your license was suspended or revoked
  • Wait at least 2 weeks between test attempts
  • Pay fees again for each test portion
  • Practice more with an instructor until ready

Paying Traffic Fines and Penalties

Violating driving laws results in fines/fees:

  • Speeding fines from NOK 1,700-13,000
  • Running red light – NOK 7,700
  • Using mobile phone – NOK 1,700
  • DUI fine starts at NOK 10,000
  • Points on license for minor violations
  • Major violations require court appearance

To pay traffic fines:

  • Online via bank transfer or card
  • Mail a check or money order
  • In person at a police station

Other Driving Related Services

International Driving Permit

To drive in other countries:

  • Apply at police station
  • Show Norwegian license and passport photo
  • Pay NOK 300 fee
  • Permit translates your license

Converting Foreign License

To convert foreign license after becoming a Norway resident:

  • Present valid foreign license at police station
  • Pass medical and vision tests
  • Pay admin fee
  • No need to take driving exams

Vehicle Registration and Insurance

To drive any vehicle in Norway:

  • Register vehicle, pay one-time fee
  • Obtain liability auto insurance
  • Insurance required for annual road tax

FAQs on Norway Driving Licence

What is the minimum age to get a license in Norway?

16 for light motorcycle
18 for cars and trucks

How much does it cost to get a license in Norway?

Around NOK 1,740 for new license fees.

What ID is required to apply for a Norwegian license?

Legal proof like a passport, national ID, or residency permit.

Can I drive with a foreign license in Norway?

Yes, for up to 3 years as tourist or new resident.

How long after passing tests do you get the license?

You can get it same day after passing driving test.

What if I lose my Norwegian license?

Report to police, order replacement at license office within 3 weeks.

Are driving lessons required in Norway?

Not required but recommended – at least 10 hours.