What are the current rules for UK driving licence holders in Denmark?

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What are the current rules for UK driving licence holders in Denmark?
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Rules for UK driving licence holders in Denmark have changed following Brexit.


In Denmark, motorists with EU or EEA licences can drive legally until their licences expire.  Following Brexit, UK driving licence holders resident in Denmark must exchange their driving licences, according to information on the Danish transport authority website.

Residents of Denmark who hold a UK driving licence issued before January 1st 2021 can exchange their licence for a Danish one without having to take a driving test. This must be completed within 180 days of moving to Denmark, or by June 30th, whichever is later. 

Current rules say that anyone who does not manage to exchange their UK driving licence within the aforementioned timeline or whose licence was issued after January 1st 2021 will have to take a test to exchange their UK driving licence. This is in accordance with general rules for exchanging a driving licence from a non-EU country. 


Regardless of when a UK driving licence holder decides to exchange their licence, applicants must meet the requirements for normal residence in Denmark. The application forms for driving licenses can be found here.

Application forms must be handed in to the municipality in which a person resides along with documents proving identity and fitness to drive. A full list of required documents can be found here

For tourists and other temporary residents in Denmark, it will still be possible to use a British driving licence. In Denmark, driving licences written with Latin letters or accompanied by a translation into Danish, English or French, can be used for driving in Denmark.

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