If you have acquired your professional qualifications abroad, you must obtain recognition of your qualifications from the Norwegian authorities in order to practice the profession in Norway. The competent authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here.
Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments by mail to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
The application will be processed in two steps:
If your application is approved, you will get code 160 on your Norwegian driver's license. If you do not live in Norway, you will receive a confirmation from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration of approved competence.
Norwegian language skills are not a requirement for recognition of the professional qualification as such, but if compensation measures are imposed, they will be in Norwegian.
Criteria/conditions for recognition:
If you acquired your professional qualifications in an EEA country or Switzerland, you may have the right to have your application processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act and Regulations on the approval of professional qualifications. In addition, there are national regulations related to the practice of the profession as stipulated in the Regulations relating to training, tests and competence for emergency driving (the Emergency Driving Regulations) and the Road Traffic Act.
Case processing deadlines:
The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.
The competent authority shall take a justified decision no later than 3 months following the submission of your complete application.
Temporary provision of services:
A professional who is legally established in another EEA state or Switzerland has the same right to practice the same profession temporarily in Norway. Since the profession in question involves a potential risk to public health or safety, the competent authority will check your qualifications and decide if you are allowed to provide the service.
The competent authority shall take a decision within 1 month of receiving your application on whether you are allowed to provide the service or if compensatory measures are necessary.
If the processing time exceeds 1 month, the competent authority will notify you regarding the delay. In such cases, the competent authority will provide a decision on your application within 2 months after the reason for the delay has been resolved.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration does not charge a fee for processing applications for recognition.
Right of appeal:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. If your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the competent authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration,
PO Box 1010 Nordre Ål
Tlf: +47 22 07 30 00