Grahl Trafic Schools tips on how to get your Norwegian drivers licence


Obtaining a car drivers license in Norway is a time-consuming process. There are a lot of different requirements for individuals from different age groups and nationalities. For all matters related to driving licenses the official website of Norway’s road administration.

Step 1: Register yourself as an applicant

Fill the application form online ( using your national ID number or by sending in filled hard copy of application form to the nearest traffic station (Statens Vegvesen).

Link to online application

After you register your application, the police performs a background check to ensure you are eligible for this license. A reference number is provided to your application via email immediately after submit the online application. You can log in to Statens Vegvesen’s website to check the status of your application using your national ID number. The police verification is valid for 6 months, before which you need to start with step 2or step 3.

Step 2: Buy or loan the theory book

The road to your driving licenseand read it entirely from start to finish is one option. You will also find copies of this book in the kommune library in the city you live. (community library) This step can be quite a struggle for people who despise reading theory books, but it is a very well written book to learn how a cars function and what is required to be a good driver in Norway.

Once you have finished reading the book it is time to practice theory questions by either buying a second workbook, which can also be purchased or loaned from the nearest kommune library. This book covers basic questions that you will be answering in the theory exam.


Register and buy access to theory questions at This website provides a huge collection of theory questions. The questions are objective type questions and highly resemble the questions asked in the theory exam. They have online access as well as an app on which you can practice. You chose the package you like (one day, one week, monthly access pass)

The theory exam is drop-in exam, meaning you just have to go to the traffic station in your city, register yourself for the test, and write it on the same day. All you need to write the theory exam is your identity card (Norwegian 11 digit number or Norwegian bank card with photo or your passport) and successful validated online application.

When you pass the theory test, the test supervisor will give you a printout of your mark sheet and further processing information. The test results are valid for 3 years from the passed date.

Theory exam as of today contains 45 questions, you are allowed 7 mistakes i.e. 38/45 to pass the test.

Step 3: Contact us!

Contact us and one of the instructors will assess your current driving skills. Hence, we will normally ask you to register for an assessment class where you drive for 45 or 90 minutes and we assess the amount of training required to prepare you for the practical driving test.

The whole process of obtaining a license is based on approval from us; the driving instructor has authority to sign-off at the end of each stage. If he feels that you have not gained enough skills, they can ask you to take extra courses or ask you to practice with your friends who have a car and are over 25 years. (See below for private driving rules)

All the mandatory courses and theory exams need be completed before taking a practical test. However, one can choose to take the theory test during any of the four stages as illustrated below.

The mandatory course requirements are different for adults below the age of 25 and above the age of 25. The below table shows the difference.

There are totally four stages to complete to attain a Norwegian Driving License.

Stage 1- Basic traffic course

If you are below 25 years old- Basic traffic course 10 hours (Learners permit) + 4 hours first aid course + 3 hours night driving demonstration.
If you are above 25 years old-  4 hours first aid course (First aid and measures in traffic accidents) + 3 hours night driving demonstration.

Majority of the 4 hours first aid course is a theoretical but it also consists of practical accident scenario training with dummies. While, the night demonstration course as the name suggest is a demonstration of hazards during night driving, use of headlights during normal driving and during overtaking etc.

Stage 2 – Basic driving and driving skills

Consists of classes with focus on basic driving skills. These skills consist of, making yourself ready before driving, looking long way forward, driver posture while driving, positioning the car, gear shifting, acceleration, steering and braking, reversing, waiting and parking, knowing important tools used in the car (opening hood, screen cleaner fluid etc.)

At the end of stage two, a mandatory 45-minute driving lesson with feedback from the instructor and a self-assessment of your driving is scheduled. After this “stage evaluation” for stage 2, you can continue to stage 3.

Stage 3 – Road traffic skills

Consists of lessons on traffic systems, group of traffic users and their use of roads, driving your car in an economical perspective, traffic regulations, traffic signboards, reading road signs, absorbing and processing road information, and driving in residential areas, tight/narrow roads in light to medium traffic.

Mandatory Driving course Safety Course in Closed circuit 3 hours

Stage 3 also consist of an important piece of training – Slippery road training (Sikkerhetskurs på øvingsbane). NAFis the Norway’s Automobile Association who provide slippery circuits to rent. The lanes in the circuits contain a mixture of oil and water to make them slippery. This course gives exposure to driving in slippery conditions and is one of the most exciting yet important courses in the process.

At the end of stage three, a mandatory 45-minute driving lesson with feedback from the instructor and a self-assessment of your driving is scheduled. After this “stage evaluation” for stage 3, you can continue to stage 4.

Stage 4- Safety course on the road

Mandatory Theory course – Risks of driving – 2 hours

Stage 4 starts with a theory course on driving risks for a duration of 90 minutes. This course provides examples of risky situations and tricks to avoid them while driving on the road.

Mandatory Driving course – Long Distance driving – 5 hours

The second course in stage 4 is the long-distance driving safety course. In this course, the student drives for close two 4 hours with continued instructions from the instructors. This is the longest course in the whole process and focuses on the risks of driving.

Mandatory Driving course – Planning and driving in mixed environment – 4 hours

The third course in stage 4 is planning and driving in mixed environment course. The instructor provides several destinations and you have to make the plan to go from A to B to C and further.

U can use the GPS in the car or any other navigational aids while driving and while planning the tour is permitted. However, during this course, the instructor does not give any planning input. The student is the driver and the instructor will not help in planning the overall trip. The course is for 4 hours.

Mandatory Theory course – Reflection and summary – 2 hours

At the end of the tour planning course, the student is asked to evaluate the whole course of stage 4.

Registration of practical test in Statens Vegvesen

The student can choose to give powers  to a specific driving school or order a practical test themselves. To do this, log in to your page at Statens Vegvesen website and choose to give full authority to your driving school. The system also allows you to cross check all your courses taken at the driving school.

Remember – You need to pass the theory exam before ordering a practical test.

The practical test

The practical test takes place at your local traffic station in Åsane. We will ask you to take an 45-90 minutes class before the test to warm up. This class is very beneficial to take because it helps you calm your nerves before the real test.

According to the rules, the assessor should take into consideration the overall driving and this means that even if you make mistakes it is OK. If you can correct your mistakes in a safe way on the road without obstructing other motorists and pedestrians that what’s most important.

There are set of car safety theory questions, which are asked before the practical test. The driver is expected to be proficient to answer them. There is a powerpoint presentation from one of the driving schools from Northern Norway you can look at. (Trafikkskolen in Harstad). You will find the powerpoint presentation here.

After the test

After finishing the practical test the sensor will inform you if you have passed or failed the test.

If you passed the practical test, you will need to get a temporary printout of your driver’s license. The temporary license is valid for a month within Norway. The license card will be printed and sent you to your address within 4 to 5 working days.

If you failed the practical test, an explanation to you will be given by the sensor with reasons for the result. The rules state that, you can retake the practical test only after 4 weeks from the last test.