To drive in Sweden, the driver must present a valid national driver's license that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years(according to different car rental company).
If your domestic driver’s license is printed with non Roman Alphabet (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required when you drive in Sweden. However, an IDP is recommended for anyone living outside Sweden. Please note that an International Driving Permit (often referred to as an International Driver’s License) cannot replace the requirement for a regular driver’s license. And you must carry your current overseas driver’s license, IDP or translation with you all the time when driving in Sweden.
Some car rental companies require you to have a photo ID license. If your foreign license does not have a photo ID, you should get an IDP before travelling to Sweden if you intend to rent a car.
When renting in Sweden, all drivers with a UK license (except Northern Ireland) will need to provide evidence of any driving endorsements. You can get and print the DVLA endorsement record in the DVLA* website .This also applies if you have a paper license that was issued before 1998. UK drivers with the new-style photo card license will need both the paper counterpart and photo card. UK license holders who have a paper license only will also need an official photo for identification when driving in Sweden.
To rent a car in Sweden you must be at least 19 years old (age may vary by car category). Each car rental company has its own age requirements and a deviation from the minimum age is possible depending on the vehicle. If you're 18-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.
*Attention! Some car hire companies would have different requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions during the booking process.
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