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Driving

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is responsible for the planning, construction and operation of the national and county road networks, vehicle inspection and requirements, driver training and licensing.

Can I use my driving licence from my home country in Norway?
My car is registered in a foreign country. Can I use it in Norway?
Do I have to pay import tax if I bring my car to Norway?
Do I have to pay motor vehicle tax in Norway?
Where can I take a road worthiness test?
Are there any special safety regulations and rules that I need to be aware of?
 

Using a foreign driving licence
Driving licences issued in EU/EEA/EFTA countries are valid in Norway for both Norwegian-registered and foreign-registered cars. 

Driving licences issued outside EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be exchanged for a Norwegian licence within three months after you arrive in Norway.  

There are two means of exchanging your driving licence:

  1. You must complete and pass a practical driving test.
  2. You must complete a mandatory training programme at a driving school and then pass both a theoretical and a practical test.

Using a car registered abroad
If you are residing in Norway temporarily, you may drive a foreign-registered car for one year. If you are registered as residing in a Norwegian municipality you are not allowed to drive a foreign-registered car. Read more about Use in Norway of vehicles registered abroad
 

Car import Car import
Persons residing outside Norway and persons residing in Norway for a limited period of up to one year may bring their car or other motor vehicle to Norway without paying taxes.

In order to import your car permanently to Norway, you must pay a registration fee. Before importing a vehicle, check the technical requirements that apply to motor vehicles registered in Norway. 

 

Annual car tax
There is an annual motor vehicle tax for all cars registered in Norway. The person registered as the owner of the vehicle on 1 January is responsible for the tax payment to the Norwegian Customs Service. The tax must also be paid if the number plates are removed after 1 January if the car is not delivered for scrapping by 20 March. If you are planning to sell or buy a car between 1 January and 20 March, please check to see whether the annual motor vehicle tax has already been paid.

 

Toll roads Toll roads
There are toll booths on several major roads and around most major towns and cities. Fees vary. On the major toll roads the fee is normally between NOK 15 - 30 for a car, while other roads have substantially higher fees.

There are different ways to pay the fee.

 

Periodic technical inspection
This inspection is carried out on all vehicles registered in Norway. Garages and Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) testing stations are approved for test purposes. You will have to book a date for the test.  

 

Tyres Tyres 
Tyres must have an adequate tread depth. Summer tyres should have a minimum depth of 1.6 mm and winter tyres, a minimum depth of 3 mm, but ideally you should scrap your tyres before they get anywhere near these limits.

Please note that some all-year tyres that are common in central Europe may not be suited to Norwegian winter conditions. The use of studded tyres is permitted between 1 November and the Monday after Easter Monday. If driving conditions make it necessary, you may also use studded tyres outside these dates. In some cities, like Oslo, you will have to pay a fee for using studded tyres.
 

Equipment and safety
Please, check the current safety regulations in Norway. Here are some points:

  • When driving, you must have your driving licence, vehicle registration certificate, warning triangle and a safety vest in the car.
  • Headlight use is mandatory at all times.
  • Speed limits: 50 kph in built-up areas and 80 kph in other areas, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Alcohol: Do not drink and drive! The prescribed alcohol blood limit is 0.2 mg/ml.
     

See also:

Customs
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration
The Norwegian Automobile Federation
AutoPASS
 

 

 

Published:
 15.06.2009
Last updated:
08.08.2013