Foreign driving licences more widely accepted

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Press release 11.01.2018 13.37 

From the beginning of February 2018 all driving licences issued in states recognised by Finland will be accepted for driving in mainland Finland.

This amendment in the Act on Driving Licences will apply to other driving licences than those issued in a European Union or European Economic Area Member State or a signatory country to the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention. Other foreign driving licences are accepted for one year following the licence holder's entry into Finland, provided that the licence is valid in the issuing country and meets certain requirements of form.

 

The information contained in a foreign driving licence must be in Latin alphabet and indicate the right to drive or there must be a translation of the information by a reliable party, such as an authorised translator, into Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, German or French. If the driving licence holder has been entered into the Population Register,