Women's Club of Oslo P.O. Box 3101 Elisenberg 0207 Oslo,
(47) 22 64 10 12
General information on driving in Norway may be obtained
from Norges Automobil Forbund (NAF), Storgaten 2, 0155 Oslo, 22
34 14 00, or the Kongelige Norsk Automobilklubb, Drammensv. 20C, 0201 Oslo, 22 56 19 00.
are not allowed to drive indefinitely on their U.S. drivers licenses. A Norwegian
license must be secured. Driving on a U.S. license for longer than the permissible
time is the same as being without a license, and if an accident should occur,
it would not be covered by insurance.
do you get a Norwegian license? It is now required
that everyone wishing to get a Norwegain drivers license take the driving test.
If you change your license within one year of getting your residence permit you
are not required to take the theory test, but you MUST
take the driving test.
These are the new steps: 1. Go to the trafikkstasjon
to exchange US license (see information below.) 2. Contact a local driving
school after you have received a letter from the trafikkstasjon saying you are
cleared, so you can rent a car from them for the test. 3. Make an appointment
to take the driving test either through your trafikkstasjon, or your driving school
can do it !
Some schools do not require practice hours with them before
renting the car, but there other schools that require you to have practice hours
before you areallowed to rent their schools' car for the exam.
the car is about 2200 NOK, the driving exam is 835 NOK, and if you pass the license
is 345 NOK. If you are required to have practice driving hours, they are about
450 NOK per hour.
A foreigner planning to live in Norway
longer than 3 months must register at the Folkeregister. She then has one year
in which to exchange her American license for a Norwegian førekort.This is done at the Trafikkstasjon (equivalent
to the department of motor vehicles) in her municipality.
Østre Aker vei 50
Postboks 342 Økern
815 22 000
Asker and Bærum: Billingstad Trafikkstasjon
815 22 000 Faks: 66 77 29 01/02
first to be verify opening hours and the information you are required to have
with you, usually the following: proof of registration with Folkregister, valid
U.S. license, proof from your state license bureau that you have driven for 3
years, and the required fee. If you wear glasses or contact lenses you will also
need a signed exam by an optometrist. Pick up the form at the Trafikkstasjon before
Numbers: Driver's License 22 72 50 30 Car Registration 22 72 50 10
Spot checks, conducted
by the police, are to ensure motor vehicle and traffic safety.Two
types of checks can occur at anytime while driving; an automobile check or a traffic
either of these, several police officers will be stationed at the roadside to
automobile spot check entails looking atitems
required to be in each vehicle as well as seeing that your car is in good working
you drive, you must carry:your
driver’s license, the car’s registration papers (also registration papers for
the trailer you pull), a European Accident Statement form (available from your
insurance company-ask for the English version), a red warning triangle, and a reflective vest, within reach of the driver's seat.All
passengers must have their seat belt fastened and children under 11 years (or
weigh under 80 pounds) must have an approved child’s seat or pillow.
check continues with an inspection of the car:brakes, lights, windshield wipers and tires (minimum tread in only 1 mm).Deficiencies
result in a fine and a mangel lapp listing
the car’s shortcomings.Repairs
must now be fixed by a garage, where the mangel lapp will be signed and
sent to the police.A
car considered not fit to drive, will have its license plates removed and must
traffic laws are also pin-pointed at spot checks.Here police officers are located at strategic points to observe traffic
and stop violators.Specific
laws enforced in this manner include:speed
zones, complete stops at stop signs, use of the taxi lane by unauthorized vehicles.At
a spot check for alcohol, all vehicles will be stopped and drivers asked to breathe
into a breath analyzer.Positive
results will merit at trip to the local hospital for a blood test.Refusal
is an admission of guilt.Fines
for these types of traffic violations are high-most over NOK 1000.The
penalty for drinking and driving is loss of license for one year, 21 days injail (no exceptions), plus a fine.
International rules for driving apply
in Norway and are essentially the same as in the U.S.However, you should be aware of a few important exceptions:
The speed limit is indicated
in kilometers per hour.
driver coming from your right at an intersection always has the right of way,
unless the road you are driving on is marked with a yellow diamond-shaped sign.
Traffic circles are commonly
used in Norway instead of 4-way stop sign intersections.You must yield to cars from your left.Use your turning signal to indicate your intention to exit
laws regarding drinking and driving are stricter than in the U.S.The allowable blood-alcohol
content while driving is so low that even one glass of wine or beer can put a
driver over the legal limit.Police often set up alcohol checkpoints along the road and
give balloon tests to all drivers; during the holiday season, they may set up
check points early Saturday or Sunday morning.Driving under the influence
of alcohol is punishable by at least 1 day in jail and a heavy fine and the loss
of the driver's license
Liability insurance (Nordisk Automobil Forsikring) is
mandatory in Norway and valid in the four Scandinavian countries.Collision insurance (KASKO) is optional and may be purchased to cover a specified number
of kilometers driven per year.Both
types of insurance are available from most Norwegian insurance companies;See the yellow pages under “Forsikringstjenester”
letter from your U.S. insurer stating number of years of accident-free driving
helps if you do plan to purchase insurance .With this documentation, you can receive a discount of up to 70% on insurance
rates from many Norwegian insurance companies.
is also advisable to check with your current U.S. insurer about the availability
and rates of collision insurance for driving in Norway and other European countries.
Paid parking is common during
weekdaysalong city streets as well
as inmany parking lots.(On Saturdays in Oslo all downtown parking is free):The most common system used in Norway is the automated parking meter (P-automat).To use this system, first park
your car, get out and purchase a parking ticket from the nearest P-automat (a gray, rectangular machine which accepts 1, 5, 10 and
20 kroner coins), return to your car and place the ticket on the left-hand side
of the dashboard in a clearly visible location.
garages (P-hus) are also common in cities,
especially near large shopping and commercial areas.Usually, you take a ticket as you drive into the parking garage
and pay at an automated machine or manned booth before you get in your car to drive out.