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Drivers Licence changes for people outside the EU. New Group 2 Countries.

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paulsciacca
6/1/2014 19:12 EST

Hey everyone,

It appears that the rules about getting a Danish drivers lience when you are outside of the EU have recently changed.

Previously it was if you were from these 'Group 1' countries:

Australian Capital Territory
Brazil
Japan
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
The Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Russia
Ukraine or
Switzerland

That you just needed to pay 280DKK to have your foreign drivers license exchanged into a Danish one.

This was especially annoying to people from:

Australia (the Australian Capital Territory is a tiny state inside Australia, however the rest of the country was excluded).

America, Canada and New Zealand.

So now they have something they call 'Group 2':

"If your driving licence was issued in a country, a federal state, etc. where road safety standards are comparable with Danish standards, you may have your driving licence exchanged without a driving test to check your skills if the country, etc. in question is entered on a list of countries comprised by this scheme (Group 2 countries). Entry on the list is made after application has been filed by the country, etc. in question."

Link here:
https://lifeindenmark.borger.dk/Pages/Foreign-driving-licences.aspx?NavigationTaxonomyId=77c7d0b9-2133-4085-9ee5-d6d134fd8b28

This has bee updated on the Danish Police website and the Danish Ministry of Justice Website. So it looks offical.

The only 'issue' is that they state that the countries that are apart of the 'Group 2' will be published on the Police and Ministry of Justice websites, but they dont appear to be done at this point in time.

And reading this further it looks like the countries mission/ consulate/ embassy needs to apply to have their respective countries considered to be on the 'Group 2' list.

Has anyone had any experience so far in getting a foreign drivers licence exchanged for a Danish one under the new 'Group 2' rules.

It would be especially great if you are from Australia, as the previous rules of only accepting ACT drivers license and no other states is just plain odd, considering that if you are in Australia you can simply exchange your states drivers license for an ACT one on the spot anyway?

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