Can I drive on a foreign driving licence in Finland?
 

Can I drive on a foreign driving licence in Finland?

If you have a driving licence issued in another EU or EEA Member State or an interim driving licence issued in the Nordic countries, you may drive vehicles in the categories marked on your licence in Finland.

You must also fulfil the current age requirements for driving in Finland. Your driving licence will be valid regardless of whether you are visiting Finland as a tourist or are a permanent resident.

You may also drive in Finland if you hold a driving licence issued in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan or a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention (hereinafter "Contracting States") and you can present either an international driving licence or an official Finnish or Swedish translation of your national licence.

A driving licence issued in a Contracting State is valid in Finland for two years from when its holder takes up permanent residence in Finland, as long as the driving licence is valid and there is no other reason for terminating its validity.

Only driving licences issued to permanent residents of Contracting States are valid in Finland. A driving licence obtained in a Contracting State during temporary residence (for example, as an exchange student) does not entitle you to drive in Finland.

Driving licences issued elsewhere than in an EU or EEA Member State or a Contracting State do not entitle you to drive motor vehicles in Finland. No foreign licence is valid in Finland either, if the holder was resident in Finland when the licence was issued.

If you hold a foreign driving licence and are permanently resident in Finland, you must prove that you fulfil the health requirements in the same way as holders of Finnish licences.

Do you want to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Finnish licence? Read more here.

Exchanging a driving licence issued in an EU or EEA Member State for a Finnish licence

You may drive in Finland on a licence issued in an EU or EEA Member State. If you are permanently resident in Finland or have studied here for at least six months, you may exchange a driving licence issued in an EU or EEA Member State for a corresponding Finnish licence without having to pass a new driving examination. You do not need to enclose a medical certificate with your application when exchanging a licence. You should visit an Ajovarma office to exchange your driving licence.

You may obtain a Finnish driving licence if your EU or EEA licence expires. This option is open to you if no more than two years have passed since the expiration of your Group 1 (A1, A2, A, B, BE) licence, or no more than one year has passed since the expiration of your Group 2 (C1, C1E C, CE, D, D1E, DE, LT) licence.

Exchanging a driving licence issued in a Contracting State

If you are permanently resident in Finland, you may exchange a driving licence issued in a Contracting State for a Category A1, A2, A or B Finnish driving licence without passing a new driving examination.
You must exchange your licence within two years of becoming a permanent resident in Finland and before your licence expires.

If you hold a driving licence issued elsewhere than in an EU or EEA Member State or a Contracting State, you will have to fulfil the criteria for obtaining a driving licence permit and pass a driving examination in order to obtain a Finnish driving licence. Read the requirements for exchanging a foreign driving licence for a Finnish licence here.

 
 

 

Page updated 05/18/2016