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Foreign motor vehicles and number plates

If you move to Denmark and have a car with foreign number plates, you need to register your car in Denmark no later than 30 days after having moved to the country.

If you have any questions about driving with Danish number plates abroad, you need to contact the authorities in the relevant countries.

Staying in Denmark temporarily

If you stay in Denmark less than 185 days within a 12-month period, you may drive a vehicle with foreign number plates without having to pay Danish registration tax.

You need to pay tax in your country of residence.

  • Your country of residence is the country where you stay for more than 185 days within a calendar year
  • If your spouse and children reside away from Denmark and you stay with them at least twice a month, your country of residence is not Denmark
  • If you reside in several countries, SKAT may decide your country of residence.

Foreign number plates in Denmark

If you are unsure of the duration of your stay in Denmark or your country of residence, you can apply for permission to drive a vehicle with foreign number plates in Denmark. Please note that SKAT charges a fee of DKK 400 to process your application.

Submit the following information to SKAT:

  • form 21.059
  • a copy of the vehicle registration certificate
  • an employment or student contract to document the duration of your stay in Denmark
  • a receipt for having paid the processing fee of DKK 400

By email:

Submit the documents via E-tax for individuals (TastSelv Borger). Select ‘Kontakt' (Contact) - ‘Send E-mail' (Send email) - ‘E-mail/Kontakt SKAT' (Email/Contact SKAT) - 'Køretøjer, registrering og nummerplader' (Vehicles, registration and number plates) - 'Udenlandske køretøjer' (Foreign vehicles).

By regular post to:

SKAT, Motorcenter 9
Helgeshøj Allé 9
2630 Taastrup
Denmark

Paying the processing fee of DKK 400

You can pay via online banking. Use payment slip type + 73 and account number 86984156. State the following in the comment field on the payment:

  • CPR number (civil reg. no.) of applicant
  • name of applicant
  • vehicle registration number
  • possibly file number

Driving a car with foreign number plates - Danish residents

Generally, you are not allowed to drive a vehicle that is registered abroad if you live in Denmark.

However, you may do so, if you are importing the vehicle or if you have borrowed the vehicle while your own car is being serviced abroad.

Bringing a vehicle with foreign number plates - Danish residents

If you bring a vehicle with foreign number plates to Denmark, you need to inform SKAT before crossing the border.

  1. Complete this form
  2. Register your vehicle within 30 days of arrival

When you request a valuation of the vehicle, you need to state that the vehicle has foreign number plates in the comments field.

Importing cars and motorbikes

Find inspection centres (Synshal) under ‘Nummerpladeoperatører'

Foreign company cars

If you are employed by a foreign business in another EU/EEA country or if you are self-employed having set up a business or working in another EU country, you can apply to be exempt from registration tax.

However, it is a requirement that your vehicle is primarily used for business purposes abroad.

You can apply by email or regular post.

By email:

Submit the below documents via E-tax for individuals (TastSelv Borger). Select ‘Kontakt' (Contact) - ‘Send E-mail' (Send email) - ‘E-mail/Kontakt SKAT' (Email/Contact SKAT) - 'Køretøjer, registrering og nummerplader' (Vehicles, registration and number plates) - 'Udenlandske køretøjer' (Foreign vehicles).

By regular post:
Send the below documents to:

SKAT, Motorcenter 9
Helgeshøj Allé 9
2630 Taastrup
Denmark

  • Form 21.022 (in Danish)
  • A statement that the vehicle is a foreign company car either used for business purposes outside Denmark for more than 183 days within a 12-month period, or used primarily for business purposes outside Denmark. (If you are an employee, your employer should make such statements)
  • A copy of your employment contract. If you are running your own business, you need to submit documentation stating that you have a business abroad
  • A copy of the registration certificate and possible leasing agreement listing the vehicle identification number or registration number.

Quarterly registration tax

You can apply for permission to pay your registration tax in instalments if you are a foreign national staying in Denmark for a limited period of more than 185 days.

This also applies if you have a foreign company car but do not meet the requirements for kilometres and number of days you stay in Denmark.

You can apply by email or regular post.

By email:

Submit the below documents via E-tax for individuals (TastSelv Borger). Select ‘Kontakt' (Contact) - ‘Send E-mail' (Send email) - ‘E-mail/Kontakt SKAT' (Email/Contact SKAT) - 'Køretøjer, registrering og nummerplader' (Vehicles, registration and number plates) - 'Udenlandske køretøjer' (Foreign vehicles).

By regular post:
Send the below documents to

SKAT, Motorcenter 9
Helgeshøj Allé 9
2630 Taastrup
Denmark

  • form 21.033 Quarterly tax
  • a copy of the foreign vehicle registration certificate
  • employment or student contract to document the duration of your stay in Denmark
For further legal information, please see SKAT's legal guide. Note that the guide is only available in Danish.
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