Driving licence in Sweden

Last updated: 8 8 2019

You have to be 18 years old and have a driving licence in order to be allowed to drive a car in Sweden.

You are allowed to drive a car in Sweden throughout the time you are an asylum seeker. Once you have been granted a residence permit you can in some cases exchange your driving licence for a Swedish driving licence. You have to do this within a year of becoming registered in the Population Register in order to be allowed to drive a car. It may also be the case that you need to study traffic rules and do new tests in order to be issued a Swedish driving licence.

Exchanging a foreign driving licence for a Swedish one

If you have a driving licence from an EEA country and want to exchange it for a Swedish one, there are certain requirements that have to be met. You have to have a valid driving licence and be permanently resident in Sweden.

If you have a driving licence from a country outside of the EEA you cannot exchange it for a Swedish driving licence.

Getting a driving licence in Sweden

You need to be permanently resident in Sweden in order to get a Swedish driving licence. If you want to get a driving licence you must have a valid driving licence permit in order to be allowed to practice driving and then do a driving test. You apply for a driving licence permit from the Swedish Transport Agency.

Driving lessons and driving tests cost money. You pay for them yourself, or in certain situations you can apply for loans to pay for them. You can apply for driving licence loans from Centrala Studiestödsnämnden (CSN) if you are between 18 and 47 years old and you have been unemployed for some time.