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Foreign driving licence

Driving licences issued in another EU or EEA country and interim driving licences issued in the Nordic countries entitle the holder to drive motor vehicles in Finland equivalent to those indicated on the non-Finnish licence. The driver must be at least 18 years old. The right to drive is valid regardless of whether the person is in Finland as a tourist or residing permanently.

A person residing permanently in a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention and who holds a national or international driving licence or an official Finnish or Swedish translation of a national driving licence is entitled to drive motor vehicles equivalent to those indicated on the non-Finnish licence provided that the person fulfils the Finnish age requirement to drive such vehicles. The afore-mentioned driving licence is valid in Finland for two years from the start of the holder's period of permanent residence in Finland provided that the licence is valid and no other reason exists for the termination of its validity.

The above also applies to driving licences issued in Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan under the regulations of the area and international driving licences.

The right to drive is based on the possession of a driving licence issued to a person living permanently in a country that has signed the Convention. A driving licence acquired in such a country during temporary residence (for example as an exchange student) does not entitle the holder to drive in Finland.

Other driving licences than those listed above do not entitle the holder to drive in Finland.

Holders of foreign driving licences who are permanently resident in Finland must prove that they fulfil the health requirements when they reach the age laid down in legislation.





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