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Bringing your car to Denmark

If you take up residence in Denmark and bring a vehicle, you must register your foreign registered vehicle within 30 days of arrival and you must pay a registration tax. The expenses in relation to bringing your car to Denmark are considerable, and for this reason many people choose not to bring their car with them to Denmark.

Can I drive in Denmark without registering my car?

If you are staying in Denmark for a limited period of up to 185 days, you may drive a foreign registered vehicle during your stay in Denmark without paying the registration tax. 

If your stay exceeds 185 days, but you are on a fixed-term assignment in Denmark, you may pay a portion of the normal vehicle registration tax on a quarterly basis.

Read more on the website of the Danish tax authorities (SKAT) under Staying in Denmark temporarily

How to register your vehicle and buy number plates

1. Car inspection

Before the vehicle can be registered to Danish number plates, an ordinary technical inspection and a customs inspection must be performed by a vehicle inspection authority to determine the identity, the number of kilometres on the odometer, features and general condition of the vehicle.

2. Car registration

When the vehicle has passed this inspection you must ask for a valuation of the vehicle in the Danish Register of Motor Vehicles (Motorregistret) in SKAT's self-service system E-tax (TastSelv).

SKAT will then assess the value of your vehicle and determine the registration tax to be paid. You will receive SKAT's valuation in E-tax.

You pay the registration tax to one of SKAT's four motor registry offices via online banking, a manual bank transfer at your bank or at the post office.

3. Number plates

When you have paid the registration tax, you can buy number plates from one of SKAT's motor registry offices.

Read more about car registration and number plates on the website of the Danish tax authorities (SKAT)

Liability insurance

Owners of motor vehicles in Denmark are required by law to take out liability insurance. Read more about liability insurance for motor vehicles in the insurance guide Insurance for everyday needs.

Customs duty and VAT

If your vehicle has been registered in another EU country and it is a used car, you may bring the vehicle to Denmark without paying VAT. Customs duty (10%) and VAT (25%) are usually charged on vehicles imported from non-EU countries.

Read more about customs duty and VAT on the website of the Danish tax authorities (SKAT)

Converting your driving licence

Driving licences issued in an EU/EEA country

You do not need to convert a driver’s licence issued in an EU country, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland or Norway. However, please be aware that if you lose your original driving licence, it can be difficult to acquire the documentary proof required to apply for a new driving licence from the country that issued your licence.

Driving licences issued in a non-EU/EEA country

When relocating to Denmark with a non-EU/EEA driving licence, you may be required to exchange your licence for a Danish equivalent within 90 days. It depends on where your driving licence was issued whether you need to change your licence or not. Please notice that there are Group 1 countries, Group 2 countries and Other countries. Read more about Group 1, Group 2 and Other countries

Where and how to exchange your driving licence

You can obtain a Danish driving licence at your local Citizen Service (Borgerservice). 

You must bring along your:

  • National driving licence
  • CPR card
  • Passport or birth certificate
  • Valid residence permit/certificate
  • Passport photo
  • A medical certificate issued by your doctor

The exchange fee is DKK 280 (2016 rate).

If your current driving licence is not in the Latin alphabet, you must present a certified translation of the licence. If you have any questions, or need to find a certified translator, contact your local Citizen Service for help.

For more details on the process of exchanging your licence, see Life in or International Community

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