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Mar. 19th, 2008 @ 03:52 pm Norwegian Drivers license for foreigners
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My husband moved to norway from the US in september. I have been looking all over Statens Vegvesen's website to find out if he is allowed to drive here or not. The only info I found was for EU citizens:(

He has a drivers license in the US. How long can he use that before he needs to retake the practical test?

Anyone know what the rules are?

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From:silly_chiquita
Date:March 19th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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i think he needs to have an international drivers license cuz that`s what I did when I drove there...I cant remember how long they last for...a year I think! But I got mine when I was in Canada. I dont know if he can get one when he is already in Norway. You should call the Statens Vegvesen just to make sure. Good luck! Make sure he knows about the right hand rule! haha
From:silly_chiquita
Date:March 19th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh and I`m just curious? What part of Norway are you in? Are you guys going to stay? My husband is from Norway and we want to eventually move back too :)
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From:krepander
Date:March 26th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
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We live in Narvik, far far north:P It's east of Lofoten if you know it. We are going to stay here for a few years and go to college (yay free tuition), then we are probably moving back to the States for a while but we don't know where we are settling yet. You are from Canuckistan?
From:silly_chiquita
Date:March 26th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
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In my husband is from Bodø but we are living in Vancouver. What part of the States were you living in? We have thought about maybe moving to Norway too but I still have a couple years of school left and then I'd have to learn Norwegian so we arent sure yet. We go every winter though :) Did you guys figure out the license stuff?
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From:krepander
Date:March 26th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome, our locations are really close! I am born in the hospital in Bodø (my little town didn't do c-sections or something). The husband is from Seattle.

When he moved here he started Norwegian classes (no cost, government run) right after he got his papers in order. He does not have a job yet though (we are not being overly look-y for one yet since we have enough money to live). If you want to work here right away then yeah, I'd recommend learning some Norsk first. If not the Norsk class is not too bad, I am impressed with how much he learned in just a few weeks.

We didn't even try the license stuff yet. The hubby is not used to driving a stick yet, so he's gonna need some months of practice before he is ready for the test anyways. He hasn't driven since october, we don't have (or need) a car at the moment.

I liked Vancouver when I visited in 2005. I wouldn't mind doing an university exchange there or maybe even my entire Master degree, but the hubby is being very American and does not want to move to Canadia:P
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From:pacific_virgin
Date:April 27th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
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Why Would he NOT know about the RIGHT HAND RULE.. He is from UNITED STATES .. They drive on the same side. Do you know where US is Silly Chiquita
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From:pacific_virgin
Date:April 27th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
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Interesting how people from other countries like to go to Norway for FREE education but once back in their own country they complain about Socialist Norway.
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From:hazan
Date:March 19th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Here is information in norwegian:
http://www.vegvesen.no/cs/Satellite?c=Page&cid=1162823410532&pagename=forerkort%2FPage%2FSVVsubSideInnholdMal

I am not sure about US driving license, but for many other countries outside EU rules are following:

For the first year since entering Norway as resident, You can use your original license.
Within the first year You have to apply for driving license exchange. Your original license will be taken, You will have temporary permission for 3 month and You have to pass driving exam.

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From:krikkert
Date:March 19th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
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For one year, he can drive in Norway without renewing his licence. After that one year, he needs to take a practical test. Depending on time of year, it can take between three weeks and four months to have one scheduled, so take your time.

What kind of rules are you referring to? Traffic rules, or rules regarding the taking of the practical test?
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From:snapple_pie
Date:March 25th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
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he should go through the process of getting a norwegian license now. after a year of living there, you have to go through the whole process of lessons, etc. which run up over 30.000 nok. the get one now he applies at the local vegvesen, then gets a test date in the mail. then, he has to rent a car with pedals on both sides, and take a driving test. this with the rental will cost around 4.000, as long as he passes it the first time :)

my tips for practising, round-abouts and the entering from the right rule!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 24th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)

Same question with a twist...

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I also have a question about switching licenses...first of all i'll tell you about me.

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was born in Norway (Bergen). I have lived all over the world, left Norway when i was 3 years old. After all this time i still kept my Norwegian passport, so i am a citizen. I still speak Norwegian fluently..and i have lot's of family there.

Now back to my question..over here in Canada i have been driving big rig semi trucks...(svaer lastebil), and i was just wondering when switching licenses over...will i be able to drive a big truck, or will i have to take a practical test, and how much would that cost?

Timely responses are appreciated. I am leaving on the 2nd of July--2009, and my cousin has already lined up a job for me. (If i can get this licensing issue sorted out.

Thanks again,
Richard Bjorsvik
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 4th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Same question with a twist...

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i drove truck with my american licence for 1 year just ask for a digatal card for the black box
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 5th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)

Driver's license

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Hi, we came from Calgary, AB of Canada and our one year stay in Norway is almost up so we applied for conversion. I was told to wait for the letter from the local police before I can contact driving school for test. I contacted a few schools anyway, and the waiting time is about 3 - 5 months.

My question is: how can I get my Canadian driver's license when I return? Because my current Canadian driver's license will be destroyed by Norwqegian police upon issuance of a norwegian one (if pass the practical test the first time for about NOK 5000, otherwise count NOK 30000).

Appreciate the advice.

Thanks, Jpohn

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From:krepander
Date:April 5th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Driver's license

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Hi. Husband never got any positive results from vegvesenet so he didn't renew it before the 1 year mark (which was 1.5 years ago). We lived in a small town, didn't have a car and are now students in a town with actual public transportation so we haven't bothered. I have no idea about getting the old one back if he was to get a Norwegian one. I too have heard that they destroy it and while I can understand why it's freaking annoying that they do! Husband suggested saying that he lost it and just get a new one in the US during a visit but that doesn't sound very legal to me. I don't think the system is set up for people switching countries like this:/
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 21st, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Driver's license

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They will not destroy the canadian license. Just inform them that you will travel to canada regularly and that you require the license.
They can link you canadian license with you Norwegian license number - to prevent that you use one license if you loose the other (and by loosing I mean because of speeding or DUI.
This has been a problem before.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 13th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)

Just an update...

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A licence to drive a large truck will now set you back at least 50 000Nok...
If you want to include a bus licence ad another 10K or so..