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Shortcuts for obtaining Swedish driving license?

Any Eu countries where I can get one?

vicky7
post 23.Dec.2012, 03:51 PM
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Joined: 28.Nov.2012

Are there any EU countries where it's easy to get a local driving license and get it converted to a Swedish one? So much hassle and cost just to get a swedish one here.
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Bender B Rodriquez
post 23.Dec.2012, 04:00 PM
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Joined: 25.Mar.2006

Generally, you have to be a resident to get a driver's license. I do not know any country that allows non-residents to get a license.
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Seamus Sean
post 23.Dec.2012, 04:13 PM
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Joined: 4.Oct.2009

Do you have to send text messages while driving during the Swedish driving test
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ahm
post 3.Jan.2013, 10:07 AM
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Joined: 3.Sep.2012

I think you must be resident in general to get driving license, but im not sure,

Any way ,Romania,Bulgaria ,and Greece i guess its cheap there ,all of them are part of EU
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John.Smith
post 3.Jan.2013, 10:20 AM
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Location: Sweden
Joined: 12.Sep.2011

If this was easy and cheap to do then the Swedes would do it themselves. You must be registered and resident in all EU countries in order to apply for and successfully get a full license.

If you are already from another EU country but live here then it may be a valid option. I know a lad who kept his UK license over here and did his motorbike test back home in the UK. He saved both time and money as he organised it whilst back home on holiday.

If you are from outside the EU then you have little or no choice I am afraid.
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Hisingen
post 3.Jan.2013, 12:54 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
Joined: 5.Jul.2012

At a guess the rules are in place to prevent folks 'simply buying' a driving licence. There are more than enough unqualified drivers on the roads as it is, hence the somewhat strict regs here in Sweden.
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Abe L
post 3.Jan.2013, 02:17 PM
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Joined: 20.Jul.2011

If you are a citizen of another EU country, I would take a few weeks and go back there to get the relevant license using an express course and just turn it in here. Worst case you have to temporarily register yourself on a local address, perhaps one of family but there is generally no or little cost involved with that.

If you are not, do some research for a proper driving school that is willing to assist you in English and offers intensive training to get the license in 2-3 weeks. This is by far the best way to get it over with.
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Bender B Rodriquez
post 3.Jan.2013, 02:32 PM
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Joined: 25.Mar.2006

All EU countries require per EU rules that you are resident for at least 6 months to get a license, no matter if you are citizen or not.
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cartenui
post 3.Jan.2013, 02:44 PM
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Joined: 27.Jul.2012

Truth is it doesn't have to be expensive, aslong as you trust your driving skill.

For the theory, there's alot of stuff online, including tests / programs. with some easy keywords on TPB such as "körskola" "körtest" "uppkörning" "trafikskola" etc. Its more than enough, there's also free material on homepages such as roadsigns and small tests.

For the practical bit.."driving". I suggest u start off with a friend / tutor, doing it private doesn't cost you anything except your friends time. Also there's alot of people doing this "black/svart" meaning that you can probably find someone who is willing to instruct you for alot less than the driving schools, illegal for sure but the way the system works now there's no way to stop it really. a person with license being your tutor for money that is.

Once you feel ready, u should take atleast 25 lessons if u havent driven before imo. then go to a driving school and book in 4-5 lessons. They might throw you some tips or tricks that you havent thought about and tell you to practise something in particular. You explain to them ofcourse that youve driven quite alot private and want to check up the driving.

They will most likely try to fish you for money and recommend you more lessons, but in the end of the day you should feel when your comfortable with your driving and book the "Upkörning/driving test" yourself, unless the driving school ofc wants to send you there which would improve their statistics and probably let you get your license "easier".

Just saying, in total if you manage to get a friend to drive with it wouldnt cost you over 4000 in total. on the otherside if you can only drive with black/driving school then consider probably double that ammount.
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Gordy
post 3.Jan.2013, 02:56 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 1.Oct.2005

QUOTE (Bender B Rodriquez @ 3.Jan.2013, 02:32 PM) *
All EU countries require per EU rules that you are resident for at least 6 months to get a license, no matter if you are citizen or not.

You better tell that to the Irish, Bender, there is no registration of residency in Ireland.
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Bender B Rodriquez
post 3.Jan.2013, 03:16 PM
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Joined: 25.Mar.2006

They still require that: "To apply for a driving licence, you must be normally resident in Ireland. You are considered to be normally resident in Ireland if, because of personal and occupational ties, you usually live here for at least 185 days in each calendar year. "

So legally, you cannot just go to Ireland and get a license.
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Hisingen
post 3.Jan.2013, 03:29 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
Joined: 5.Jul.2012

Anyway, Woolworth's and EPA are now closed, so the chances of simply buying a licence are drastically reduced. Drivers are required to be able to drive, and preferably without a cell phone on (in) hand.
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oddsock
post 6.Jan.2013, 02:47 PM
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Joined: 19.Dec.2008

QUOTE (Bender B Rodriquez @ 3.Jan.2013, 03:16 PM) *
They still require that: "To apply for a driving licence, you must be normally resident in Ireland. You are considered to be normally resident in Ireland if, because of p ... (show full quote)

When it comes to these things, Ireland is the anti-Sweden. It's quite delightful actually. There are no ID cards. No population register. They actually have no idea who is living in the country half of the time.
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Hall
post 13.Aug.2013, 09:06 AM
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Joined: 6.Aug.2013

Hi,

Has anyone done that? (got the licence in another EU country and then just changed to Swedish).

I am about having a good chance of doing that but need to know if it works in Sweden.

I am Ukrainian. Now resident of Slovakia and soon moving to Sweden. I can get Slovak licence almost for free (cost of papers and translations to apply).

But how it works then in Sweden? Non EU citizen with an EU driving licence..

Anyone experienced?

br
Oleg
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Kibiri
post 13.Aug.2013, 09:10 AM
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Joined: 1.Jun.2008

Your citizenship shouldn't matter. Get a Slovak license before coming here.
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