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Taking the driver’s license exams in Aalborg to exchange your license (or the hoops you have to jump through if you come from a Group 2 country)

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UPDATE (16 March 2016): As of 1 April 2016, people with a driver’s license from Australia, Canada, or the United States will be able to exchange their driver’s license without taking exams. In other words, they join the ‘Group 1’ countries. Read my previous post here and find other information here. The rest of this post, however, still applies to ‘Group 2’ countries (again, see my previous post on this subject) – so this is valid for anyone not from the EU, EEA, Nordic, or Group 1 countries…

Hey everyone! Sarah, aka the Life in Aalborg blogger, was asking me some questions about my recent saga of changing my driver’s license from a United States one to a Danish one. Most people who come from outside the EU (see her previous post on the subject of Danish driving licenses here for more specifics on who) have to take both the theory and practical exams in order to get a Danish license, and, although the process looks fairly straightforward on paper, that isn’t always the case. So here’s a first person account of the process.

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Driving in Denmark: exchanging one’s license

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driving licenseMy husband and I come from Germany and the U.S., respectively, but when we arrived in Denmark we each had a Swiss driver’s license because we had most recently lived in Switzerland. Getting our licenses in Switzerland was a breeze – it involved very little paperwork and took little time, thanks to the efficiency of the motor vehicle office personnel in Lausanne. So we were a little apprehensive when we learned that we had to exchange those licenses (which are good for life!) for Danish ones. However, it turned out to be nearly as easy…

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