Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

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waikikiguy
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Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

Post by waikikiguy » Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:58 pm

Aloha,

When my wife moved to the USA, not all states recognized her Finnish/European drivers license; we are now moving to Finland... Does Finland care which state my license is from? e.g. Would my Hawaii license be the same as if i transferred it to Michigan first? I am only finding stuff at the country level... USA to Finland = ok... But the other direction didnt work like that so... thanks KIITOS~!

Mahalo,
John



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deepsudeep
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Re: Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

Post by deepsudeep » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am

Hi John, I researched this since I was looking to tranfer my NY license and so I can give you a run down. The simple answer is no you cannot tranfer your US licence to a Finland (or any other European Union country) since US is not a part of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. What needs to be done:

1. Get medical certificate from https://www.terveystalo.com/fi/ or http://omalaakarisi.fi or http://www.itakeskuksenpoliklinikka.fi/ (should be less than 50 euro)
2. Driving licences not granted by an EU, EEA or Contracting State (https://ajokortti-info.fi/en/basic-info ... sh-licence)
You will have to apply for a driving licence permit, pass the driving examination. You must submit your foreign driving licence and a medical certificate as an attachment to your application, to Ajovarma (https://ajokortti-info.fi/en/getting-a-driving-licence https://www.ajovarma.fi/booking). The new driving licence will be sent to your home address within 2 weeks from passing the examination.

Your driver's license should be valid. I am yet to move to finland so I cannot vouch if the information provided is accurate.

Mahalo
Sudeep


betelgeuse
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Re: Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

Post by betelgeuse » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:38 am

deepsudeep wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am
I am yet to move to finland so I cannot vouch if the information provided is accurate.
It's not.
deepsudeep wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am
The simple answer is no you cannot tranfer your US licence to a Finland (or any other European Union country) since US is not a part of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.
US is part of the 1949 Geneva convention which means the license can be transferred.

https://ajokortti-info.fi/en/basic-info ... sh-licence
waikikiguy wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:58 pm
Does Finland care which state my license is from?
No.


deepsudeep
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Re: Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

Post by deepsudeep » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:56 am

betelgeuse wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:38 am
deepsudeep wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am
I am yet to move to finland so I cannot vouch if the information provided is accurate.
It's not.
deepsudeep wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am
The simple answer is no you cannot tranfer your US licence to a Finland (or any other European Union country) since US is not a part of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.
US is part of the 1949 Geneva convention which means the license can be transferred.

https://ajokortti-info.fi/en/basic-info ... sh-licence
waikikiguy wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:58 pm
Does Finland care which state my license is from?
No.
Thats really good to know!!! I feel so relieved. I didn't didnt realize that the Geneva convention was different. Thanks!


Oho
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Re: Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

Post by Oho » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:12 pm

betelgeuse wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:38 am

US is part of the 1949 Geneva convention which means the license can be transferred.

Certainly did not work the other way around in 2016...


deepsudeep
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Re: Drivers License Transfer - USA to Finland

Post by deepsudeep » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:06 pm

betelgeuse wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:38 am
deepsudeep wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am
I am yet to move to finland so I cannot vouch if the information provided is accurate.
It's not.
deepsudeep wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:17 am
The simple answer is no you cannot tranfer your US licence to a Finland (or any other European Union country) since US is not a part of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.
US is part of the 1949 Geneva convention which means the license can be transferred.

https://ajokortti-info.fi/en/basic-info ... sh-licence
waikikiguy wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:58 pm
Does Finland care which state my license is from?
No.
So I went to the Ajovarma Malmi for transferring my license and they asked me to get a medical certificate. Got a temporary license to use within Finland till I get the final one.


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