Validity of foreign driving licences in Finland
 

Validity of foreign driving licences 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 licence issued in a
Contracting State is valid for two years

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, but until the licence expires at a maximum.

A Contracting State licence is only valid in Finland if the holder was not a permanent resident of Finland when it was issued.

Then again, a driving licence acquired in a Contracting State during a temporary stay, for example studying abroad, does not qualify for driving in Finland, if your address during your student exchange was permanently 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, if the holder was resident in Finland when the licence was issued.

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

 
 

 

Page updated 08/14/2017