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Navigate Norway with Confidence: Secure an International Driver's Permit

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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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Norway is known for its stunning fjords, picturesque scenic routes, and charming fishing villages. Driving in this Nordic paradise should be on your travel bucket list if you are captivated by folklore, legends, and movies about mystic beings and enchanted mountains.

International Driving Permit FAQs

Is an International Driving Permit Recognized in Norway?

First, we'd like to clarify that there is no such thing as an International Drivers License and no authorized body to give such a document. Only an International Driving Permit is recognized.

An International Driving Permit (IDP) translates your home country's driving license into 12 widely used languages per the convention on road traffic. The IDP is accepted in over 165 countries, including Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, South Korea, Monaco, and Japan.

Are US Citizens Required to Get an International Driving Permit?

For US citizens and others outside the European Union or European Economic Area, it is highly recommended to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) when driving in Norway or other foreign countries. This ensures compliance with local driving regulations and aids in overcoming language barriers.

How Do I Secure an International Driving Permit in Norway?

A local Norwegian driving license is not necessary for your travels. However, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is advisable. This document translates your local driving license and may be requested by car rental companies. It also serves as a form of identification.

You can apply for an IDP online through the International Drivers Association. You must complete the application process, attach a passport-size photo, and upload a copy of your valid driving license.

Suppose you plan to drive in Norway for over three months. In that case, additional steps include enrolling in a driving school, submitting a residence permit, and passing the theory and practical driving tests. Your valid driving license must be exchanged for a Norwegian license through the Staten Vegvesen or Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Key Driving Regulations in Norway

Familiarizing yourself with the technical rules and common driving practices in Norway is vital for a safe journey. Always ensure you are physically and mentally fit to drive, avoiding any medications that could impair your abilities or affect breathalyzer tests.

Speed Limits

Observe the national speed limit of 130 km/h. On main roads, the limit is 80 km/h, and in built-up areas, it's 50 km/h.

Seat Belt and Child Restraint Laws

Seat belt use is mandatory for all passengers, including backseat passengers. Passengers over 15 years old face fines for not wearing seat belts. Adults are responsible for ensuring that children in the vehicle are correctly restrained. Children under four and a half feet tall must have suitable car seats, per the Traffic Act by the NPRA.

Right of Way Rules

Norwegian roads often lack priority signs. The 'Priority to the Right' rule means yielding to vehicles from the right at intersections. Trams and pedestrians always have precedence at marked rails or crossings.

Overtaking Regulations

Watch for the 'Overtaking Forbidden' sign, indicating restrictions on overtaking, especially for motorcycles. Cars may not overtake other cars, and motorcycles are not allowed to overtake cars. Violations can lead to hefty fines and possible license confiscation.

Alcohol Limits

Norway enforces a strict blood alcohol limit of 0.2 percent, stricter than many other countries. Failing a breathalyzer test leads to mandatory blood testing.

Winter Driving

Norwegian winter roads can be treacherous. Use winter tires with at least a three-millimeter tread, and studded tires or snow chains are permissible from November to early April.

Adjust travel plans according to weather forecasts, anticipating delays and emergencies. Make regular stops to clear snow from your vehicle, and carry essentials like hot drinks, ice scrapers, warm clothing, warning triangles, and a fully charged phone.

Norway's Top Travel Highlights

Norway, a top destination in Norway, offers an immersive adventure through its cities and countryside, showcasing idyllic landscapes, minimalist architecture, and snow-capped mountains. It's a chance to experience the harmony of nature and civilization in its most authentic Nordic form.


Oslo is the capital and the center of urban living. It is the major transportation hub in the country, so traveling to this country would practically mean traveling to Oslo and probably moving from there.

Being the largest city in the country by far, Oslo has a population of around 600,000. But roughly around two million people reside within the wider urban area and towns circumnavigating Oslo.


Bergen, the country's second-largest city, is known for its small-town ambiance despite its metropolitan status. Its hillside houses, cobbled alleys, and heritage sites contribute to its unique charm.

Nestled between the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, Bergen is a hub for fjord exploration. Highlights include the Fløibanen funicular to Mt. Fløyen, the Ulriken cable car, the historic Bryggen wharf, and a vibrant music scene, home to famous musicians like AURORA and Kygo.


Stavanger, once Europe's Capital of Culture, is a vibrant city known for its preserved white wooden houses, dynamic energy sector, and rich Scandinavian culture.

The city offers natural wonders like the Preikestolen Cliff and opportunities for surfing and exploring its diverse landscape.


Home to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim boasts a diverse population and rich Viking history.

Trondheim's mix of historic and modern architecture is captivating. Must-visits include the Nidaros Cathedral and nearby fjords and forests.


Known for its beautiful beaches and historic significance, Kristiansand is a beloved summer destination with a rustic Scandinavian charm.

The city offers family-friendly destinations like zoos and theme parks alongside museums, historical buildings, and stunning natural landscapes.


Tromsø, a northern city, is renowned for its museums, architecture, and natural landscapes, offering a gateway to arctic adventures.

Tromsø is a prime location for witnessing the Northern Lights, with its natural beauty accentuating this spectacular phenomenon.


Ålesund is celebrated for its art-nouveau architecture and proximity to the Geirangerfjord. It's a cultural hub for festivals and arts.

Explore Ålesund's museums, enjoy panoramic views from Aksla, and experience the Wildlife Sea Safari for a close encounter with the region's marine life.

Get an IDP to Explore Norway

Experience an unforgettable journey across Norway, marveling at its scenic fjords and landscapes! Travel from the iconic Atlantic Road to the quaint fishing village of Hamnøy, all made possible 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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