Why do I need a körkortstillstånd?
A driving permit (‘körkortstillstånd’) is issued by Transportstyrelsen and gives you clearance to practice driving and take your driving exam. If you want to get a driver’s license, or a new/additional license, you must always have a valid körkortstillstånd. This applies for motorcycle, moped, car, bus and truck licenses.
One of the purposes of the körkortstillstånd is to assess whether you are fit to drive. You will need to meet the medical requirements of Transportstyrelsen and allow them to perform a background check. Transportstyrelsen will check your criminal record, paying special attention to incidents related to sobriety, including drug offences and certain traffic offences. Some serious incidents can result in Transportstyrelsen rejecting your application to drive.
Some medical conditions can make it difficult to drive or provide a risk to others. Some medical conditions require Transportstyrelsen to carry out an investigation in order to assess how you will manage traffic situations. This can apply to medical conditions like Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, ADD or DAMP. If you have one of these diagnoses, you should supply a medical certificate along with your application. Mostly, these diagnoses do not stop a person from obtaining a körkortstillstånd.
You can get your eyes checked at most opticians. The eye check takes about 10 minutes and costs around 150-200 SEK. Your basic vision is checked, as well as your field of vision. To get cleared to drive a car, moped or motorcycle you should have at least 0.5 visual acuity when measuring your eyesight with both eyes together, with or without vision aids.
After the check, you will receive a sight certificate from your optician, which must be submitted to Transportstyrelsen. Some opticians, like Smarteyes, can digitally upload your certificate to Transportstyrelsen, saving you time!
If your vision check identifies visual issues, Transportstyrelsen will require you to wear glasses or lenses whenever you are driving. It is important that you bring your lenses or glasses with you during all driving lessons and for the driver’s test.
NOTE! You will not be allowed to take your driving lesson or driving exam without vision aids, if they have been stated on your körkortstillstånd as a requirement!