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Get started with your driver's license
Get started with your driver's license

In order to drive a car in Norway, you need a driver's licence - or "lappen" as it's often called in Norwegian.

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Get started with your driver's license

Step 1: Basic traffic course / Course in basic road traffic knowledge

Before you can start practice-driving, you must go through step 1, basic traffic course. In this course, you will not drive a car, but get to know the theory of driving a car. It is about understanding risks and how the traffic system works.

To be able to practice your driving skills in the period November 1st to March 15th, you must have the Driving in the dark course. After completing step 1, you will receive a certificate stating that you have a permit to practice-driving.

If you are over 25 years old, you are exempt from parts of the basic traffic course, but need to complete darkness driving demonstration and first aid course.

Step 2: Basic training

At this step you’re taught how to control the car. You’ll learn everything from changing gear and backing up to changing the washer fluid. The goal is to make you feel safe to rely on your own skills before you head out in the traffic. When you feel ready, an end-of-step assessment lesson is required before you move on to the next step. If both you and your instructor agree that you are ready, you can move on to step 4 after the lesson.

Step 2 consists of:

  • Driving lessons

  • End of step assessment

Step 3: Proficiency in traffic

At the previous step, you learned how to maneuver the car. Now it’s time to bring these skills into traffic. At step 3, you will learn how to drive in different environments. This includes driving in the city, suburbs and on country roads. Just like the previous step, this also has an end-of-step assessment lesson.

After the end-of-step 3 assessment, you also need to complete a safety course on a practice track. The course lasts for 4 hours and will teach you how to avoid road accidents and how to secure people and cargo in different situations.

Step 3 consists of:

  • Driving lessons

  • End of step assessment

  • Safety course on a practice track

Step 4: Final training

At this step you need to complete what is called safety course on the road. This course consists of four parts: Risks involved in driving a car, driving on country roads, planning the drive and driving in a varied environment and reflection and summary. The course lasts for a total of 13 hours. Entering step 4 will be a good time to apply for your driver’s licence. This needs to be done in order to take your theory test. You can apply for the driver’s license at Statens vegvesens website. When you have passed the theory test, you can book the practical driving test.

Step 4 consists of:

  • Risks involved in driving a car

  • Driving on country roads

  • Planning the drive and driving in a varied environment

  • Reflection and summary

  • Practical driving test

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