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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

How to get your IDP


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Do I Need an International Driving Permit in Denmark?

If you're considering driving in Denmark, having an International Driving Permit (IDP) is strongly advised. Even if your current driving license is in English, an IDP can help circumvent potential issues at checkpoints or if you inadvertently break traffic rules.

How Do I Get an International Driving Permit in Denmark?

You can acquire an International Driving Permit without having to pass an additional driving test. The requirements include your valid driving license, passport-sized photos, a filled-out application form, and credit card information for the IDP fee.

Our IDP is valid in several countries, including Brazil, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Greenland, Finland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and more.

Can I Get an International Driving Permit Online?

Yes, it's possible to process your IDP online. Ensure you choose a trustworthy provider for submitting your driver’s license information.

When applying for an International Driving License from another country through the International Drivers Association, you won't need a practical test on local road safety rules. However, if your stay exceeds three months or the average allowable stay on a tourist visa, and your home country's or foreign driver’s license isn’t in English or a Latin alphabet, you might need to:

  • Enroll in a driving course at a local driving school.
  • Take a practical driving test, and provide a valid passport and medical certificate.
  • Have a valid residence permit from the citizens' services.
  • Meet the country’s age requirements for driving.

What are the Benefits of an International Driving Permit?

An IDP, serving as a translation of your home country's driving license, offers several advantages:

  • Facilitates car rentals
  • Useful at checkpoints conducted by Danish police
  • Helpful if stopped for traffic rule violations
  • Acts as a form of identification in various establishments
  • Aids in applying for a Danish driving license

Key Driving Rules in Denmark

Planning a road trip in Denmark requires a thorough understanding of Denmark's driving regulations.

Always Carry Essential Documents

When driving in Denmark, especially in a rental car, ensure you have your international driver’s license, local driver’s license, passport, rental agreement, and third-party liability insurance. These documents are mandatory and will be checked at borders and checkpoints.

Before hitting the road, prepare a checklist of necessary documents. Once gathered, keep them in a secure envelope or bag for easy access at checkpoints.

Seatbelt Use is Mandatory

All vehicle occupants in front and rear seats must wear seatbelts. Children under 135 cm must be seated in an appropriate car or booster seat. Ensure the rental car has proper seatbelts and child seats if needed

Daytime Use of Dipped Headlamps

Dipped headlights must be used at all times, regardless of weather conditions. Fog lamps should only be used in fog or heavy rain, not in built-up areas. Violations may result in fines and require presentation of all driving-related documents.

Check Tire Tread Depth

Ensure rental cars have a tire tread depth of at least 1.66 mm. Only use studded tires between November 15th and April 15th.

No Mobile Phones While Driving

Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. Hands-free systems are allowed, but their usage should be managed carefully to avoid distractions.

Strict Alcohol Limits

Denmark enforces a strict alcohol limit of 50mg per driver. Avoid drinking before driving or arrange for an alternative driver when planning to drink.

Observe Speed Limits

Adhere to designated speed limits: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 110 km/h or 130 km/h on motorways, and 40 km/h outside the main city of Copenhagen.

Drive on the Right Side

In Denmark, always drive on the right side of the road. The left lane is primarily for overtaking, with certain rush hour restrictions.

Exploring Denmark's Must-Visit Locations

Denmark proudly showcases its stunning nation with a welcoming embrace of modern design, fashion, and cuisine.

A must-visit world-class destination, Denmark is best explored through a scenic drive on its magnificent highways, with securing an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) being a crucial key to enhancing the adventure.


Known as Denmark's second-largest city, Aarhus became a hotspot for art and architecture, especially after being named the European Capital of Culture in 2017. It is a treasure trove of museums and galleries, making it a prime destination for art and architecture lovers.


A medieval town located at the narrowest point of the Øresund, Helsingør captivates with its quaint timber houses, cozy cafes, and boutique-lined cobblestone streets. Its pedestrian zone, Stengade, is a labyrinth of alleyways leading to more shops and eateries.


West of Denmark's capital lies Roskilde, a coastal town known for its medieval charm and Viking heritage. It's famous for hosting the Roskilde Festival, one of Europe's largest summer music events, attracting tourists and even Hollywood stars every late June to early July.

Skjoldungernes Land National Park

This recent addition to Denmark's national parks offers an enchanting experience in Frederikssund, Roskilde, and Lejre. It is renowned for its Viking burial mounds set amidst stunning landscapes.


Nestled between the Peninsula and Funen islands, Fredericia is a fortified town built during the Thirty Years’ War. It still retains its historical aura, with remnants of the past evident throughout the town.

Tivoli Gardens

An inspiration for Disney theme parks, Tivoli Gardens is a magical world dating back to 1843. It offers diverse attractions, from thrilling rides to puppet theaters, restaurants, and vibrant gardens. Nighttime visits are special, with evening fireworks and a festive atmosphere during Christmas and summer rock concerts.

Lyngby Open-Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet)

Just 15 kilometers from the capital, this part of the Danish National Museum spans 35 hectares. It showcases historical farmhouses, agricultural buildings, and ancient breeds of animals, providing a unique glimpse into Denmark's rural past.

Get an IDP to Explore Denmark

Apart from its famous LEGO creations and colorful houses, Denmark is a must-visit for art lovers, offering an array of museums, stunning architecture, and majestic castles. Expand your trip beyond Copenhagen and delve deeper into the country's artistic treasures with an International Driving Permit.

Ready to check if an IDP is accepted in your destination?

Use the form and find out in seconds whether you need an international permit. Documents vary, based on the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic.

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