A blog from the University of Borås

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Driving in Sweden as a foreigner

It is important that all students who are planning on driving in Sweden are aware of the rules for driving in Sweden and also how foreign driver's licenses are accepted. An important note is that students from outside the EU need to get a license after their first year in Sweden.

Rules of driving in Sweden
Refer to the Swedish Road Administration's website for the road rules in Sweden.

Students with a driver's license from the EU
Students with a driver's license from within the EU are allowed to drive in Sweden.

Students with a driver's license from outside the EU
Students with a driver's license from a country outside the EU are allowed to drive in Sweden for a period of one year after the date you have officially registered (folkbokfört) at the Tax Office and received a Swedish person number. Notice that the date is not from when you arrive in Sweden, but from when you receive your official Swedish person number. After this time you need to get a Swedish driver's license or apply for an excemption as a international student.

1. Getting a Swedish driver's license. Note that this is a complicated, fairly time consuming, and expensive process. For good instructions in English refer to this online guide.

2. Apply for an exemption.
Students with a license from outside the EU are allowed to apply to renew the length they can drive on an exemption that they will stay here for only a limited time, such as the length of your studies. This only applies if you are not planning on staying in Sweden after your studies and does not grant any kind of permanent license.

The application requires an application to the county administrative board (Länsstyrelsen in Mariestad) and an non-refundable application fee of 600 SEK.

This is how to apply:
- Write a letter why you want an exemption.
- Include a letter from the university stating the length of your admittance to the university and that you are a student.
- Pay a non-refundable application fee of 600 SEK to Plusgiro number 31 08 03-2. Include a receipt of your payment in your letter you send in and write who it is from when you pay.
- If you live in Borås and any other city besides Göteborg mail your documents to:
Länsstyrelsen
Körkort
542 85 MARIESTAD

If you live in Göteborg mail your documents to:
Länsstyrelsen
Körkort
403 40 GÖTEBORG

Questions?
Questions regarding the rules of driving in Sweden or how to get a Swedish driver's license should be referred to the Swedish Road Adminstration.
Questions about the exemption for international students should be referred to the Länsstyrelsen at tel: 0501-605350

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