Information on exchanging Driving Licences
On 1 April 2016, the Danish government enacted legislation to allow Australian driving licence holders to exchange their valid, full licences to a Danish one, provided certain criteria were met.
In the vast majority of cases, your driving licence is sent by the Danish Borgerservice to the Danish Police for them to verify the veracity of your driving licence, its date of issue and your driving record. To prove this, you should include a Driving History report along with the application to exchange your driving licence.
Some reports can be obtained electronically, some reports require an Apostille before Police can accept them as evidence that your driving licence is real. See how to obtain a Driving History report.
The Danish Road Safety Agency (Færdselsstyrelsen) provide detailed information on their website:
Copenhagen Commune has a specific website, outlining what is required in Copenhagen:
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Vegvesen) provides information on how to drive in Norway on an Australian licence:
The Icelandic Multicultural and Information centre provides information about driving in Iceland and links to other official sites:
These are the direct links to the offices, which can issue you with a Driving history report.
Some states only issue the report if applied for by yourself; other states allow you to verify your driving licence online, some allow third parties to check on your behalf. It is outlined below.
If your driving history report must be affixed an apostille, the report must be issued with an actual signature/seal.
A logo is insufficient. This will enable DFAT to verify the signature and affix an Apostille here in Copenhagen.
The Apostille process is explained here: http://denmark.embassy.gov.au/cpgn/consular.html#apostilles
Australian Capital Territory – ACT
Licence History Search
- The driving licence holder can authorise a third party to obtain their information on their behalf
New South Wales – NSW
You can apply for your driving record online: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/request-driving-record
Sample of NSW Driving Record: https://www.myrta.com/myrta/applications/clenq/sample_certified_driving_records.html
Northern Territory – NT
Complete Traffic History check
- Only the holder may apply for their driving record.
South Australia – SA
You can apply for your driving licence report online: http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/drivers-and-licences/drivers-licence/check-your-driving-history
A Sample Report is available online: http://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/175422/SAMPLE-Driver-Licence-Report.pdf
Tasmania – TAS
You can apply for your Driving report by applying for the information to be released.
- The holder must apply for their own Driving History
Victoria – VIC
You can apply for your Driving History Report online: https://billing.vicroads.vic.gov.au/driverhistory/
VicRoads have uploaded samples of how their Driving Reports appear, and you should refer this information to Danish Police as this may alleviate the need for an Apostille to be issued. The samples can be obtained from the same site as the driving history report:
Western Australia – WA*)
Driver licence details can be verified by third parties online:
Suspended licence check
*) Please note that if your Western Australian driving history reports needs to be affixed an Apostille, it must first be notarised by an Australian notary public unless the signature/seal on the report is verifiable in the DFAT signature’s database.
Western Australian Notary Publics :http://www.lawalmanac.dotag.wa.gov.au/P/public_notaries.aspx?uid=5644-4570-2650-7400
Updated/Reviewed: 17 May 2017