Denmark

Last update 4.4.2018 | Published 21.5.2004 | €1 = DK7.40

Although closely related to  Norway, Denmark has a more civilized, European attitude towards traffic offenses. But the rules are complicated …

 

 

Although fines are high, your license are only withdrawn at relatively high speeds and – most important – only conditionally (except for pretty high speeds you have to break more than one rule or have an earlier conditional withdrawal to get an unconditional withdrawal).

Important numbers :
Limit – km/h 30 50 80 110 130
Fine +21km/h €605 €405 €200 €135 €135
Fine +41km/h €870 €670 €335 €270 €270
LICENSE conditionally(1 48 80 128 160 160
LICENSE unconditionally(2 100 100 180 200 200
 1) Conditionally, eg. you have to go for a new drivers license test or break more than one rule or have an earlier conditional withdrawal to get an unconditional withdrawal.
2) Danish law (færdselsloven §126) states that you will lose your license unconditionally when you by a speed of 100 km/h has surpassed the official limit with more than 100% or if you go faster than 200 km/h. Witdrawal period: 6 months – 10 years.
TOLERANCE:
3 km/h under 100 km/h, 3% over 100 km/h.

Although the Danes tried to keep it all simple and base everything on the percentage of your speed limit violation, they ended up with a very complicated system. In addition to the percentages they had to include separate, special rules for high speeds on motorways and non-motorways. And then they had to add special donations to a traffic victims fund for everyone who were threatened by a license withdrawal.
This is not easy …
Note that radar-jammers and detectors are forbidden.

Important links:

Speed Extra-DKK Extra-Euro
140-149 km/h 1000 135
150-159 km/h 1500 200
160-169 km/h 2000 270
170-179 km/h 2500 335
180-189 km/h 3000 405
190-199 km/h 3500 470
And so on…

In addition to the fines below comes a special Highspeed-fine which will hit you if go beyond 140 km/h on a motorway.
The numbers to the right should be added to the fines below.

There is also the extra donation the the Traffic Victims Fund (Offerfonden) of DKK 500 which is mandatory for anyone who gets a license withdrawal, conditional or unconditional.
This extra donation is included in the fines below.

Denmark in detail :
Measured Speed Fine (DKK) Fine (Euro) Points
30 km/h 31-35 km/h 1 000 135
36-38 km/h 1 500 200
39-41 km/h 2 500(2 335 1
42-47 km/h 3 000(2 405 1
LICENSE(1 48-50 km/h 4 000(2,3 540 1
LICENSE(1 51-53 km/h 4 500(2,3 605 1
LICENSE(1 54-56 km/h 5 000(2,3 670 1
LICENSE(1 57-59 km/h 6 000(2,3 805 1
LICENSE(1 60 km/h and more 6 500(2,3 870 1
LICENSE(5 100 km/h and more
50 km/h 51-59 km/h 1 000 135
60-64 km/h 1 500 200
65-69 km/h 2 500(2 335 1
70-79 km/h 3 000(2 405 1
LICENSE(1 80-84 km/h 4 000(2,3 540 1
LICENSE(1 85-89 km/h 4 500(2,3 605 1
LICENSE(1 90-94 km/h 5 000(2,3 670 1
LICENSE(1 95-99 km/h 6 000(2,3 805 1
LICENSE(1 95 km/h and more 6 500(2,3 870 1
LICENSE(5 100 km/h and more
80 km/h 81-95 km/h 1 000 135
96-103 km/h 1 500 200
104-111 km/h 2 500(2 335 1
112-127 km/h 3 000(2 405 1
LICENSE(1 128-135 km/h 4 000(2,3 540 1
LICENSE(1 136-143 km/h 4 500(2,3 605 1
LICENSE(1 144-151 km/h 5 000(2,3 670 1
LICENSE(1 152-159 km/h 6 000(2,3 805 1
LICENSE(1 160 km/h and more 6 500(2,3 870 1
LICENSE(5 180 km/h and more
110 km/h 111-131 km/h 1 000 135
132-142 km/h 1 500 200
143-153 km/h 2 000 270 1
154-164 km/h 2 500 335 1
165-175 km/h 3 000 405 1
LICENSE(1 176-186 km/h 4 000(3,4 540 1
LICENSE(1 187-197 km/h 5 000(3,4 670 1
LICENSE from 200 km/h(5 198-208 km/h 5 500(3,4 740 1
LICENSE(5 209-219 km/h 7 000(3,4 940 1
LICENSE(5 220 km/h and more 8 000(3,4 1070
130 km/h 131-155 km/h 1 000 135
156-168 km/h 1 500 200
169-181 km/h 2 000 270 1
182-194 km/h 2 500 335 1
LICENSE from 200 km/h(5 195-207 km/h 3 500(3,4 470 1
LICENSE(5 208-220 km/h 4 000(3,4 540 1
LICENSE(5 221-233 km/h 5 000(3,4 670 1
LICENSE(5 234-246 km/h 5 500(3,4 740 1
LICENSE(5 247-259 km/h 7 000(3,4 940 1
LICENSE(5 260 km/h and more 8 000(3,4 1070
1) Conditionally, eg. you have to go for a new drivers license test or break more than one rule or have an earlier conditional withdrawal to get an unconditional withdrawal.
2) Includes the extra fine 1000 DKK when you go faster by more than 30% on a non-motorway.
3) Includes the extra donation the the Victims Fund (Offerfonden) of DKK 500 which is mandatory for anyone who gets a license withdrawal, conditional or unconditional.
4) The special Highspeed-fine which applies to all speeds above 140 km/h is not included. See the table above.
5) Danish law (færdselsloven §126) states that you will lose your license unconditionally when you by a speed of 100 km/h has surpassed the official limit with more than 100% or if you go faster than 200 km/h. Witdrawal period: 6 months – 10 years.
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Values in Euro are approximate.
Points / Klip:

In Denmark you start with zero points.  Any point you get will last for 3 years. If you get 3 points in 3 years your license will be withdrawn conditionally. This means that you will have  to take a new drivers license test to keep your license.
Your license may also be withdrawn unconditionally. This will happen if you manage to get 6 points within 3 years, but it may also depend on your earlier history with the traffic authorities. ou will then lose your license for between 6 months and 10 years.
More on danish points at the Danish Police web (in Danish).

11 Comments

  1. Paolo Grasso
    23.11.2017 @ 10:48

    Good Morning,

    yesterday i was on the autovelox and i’ve been flashed by police. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 90 km/h, the cases are two, since i don’t remember what was my speed:
    – i was 110 km/h (105 Km/h on gps)
    – i was 120 km/h (115 km/h on gps)

    Now two questions: what is the total amount in the two cases? Do they detect the car speed on the speedometer or the gps speed?

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    • Speeder84XL
      13.01.2018 @ 19:33

      It’s the GPS speed – it has to be. Car (and motorcycle) speedometers almost always overread the speed. They are set that way, because of stupid rules that has zero tolerance for underreading (even if it shows like 119 when your actual speed is 120 km/h, the speedometer is illegal). Since the car manufacturers cannot guarantee the speedometer is accurate (mostly because of the differences in circumference between different tires), they have to set it to show higher than your actual speed to be legal.

      But there is no standards for how much it will overread – it’s different between different cars and there are also some vehicles that have correct speedos (for example heavy trucks and buses usually have a their speedometers calibrated regularly, since the speed is registred in their drivers log). So wich car should the cops use as reference…
      They have to measure your correct speed – that’s all they can do. That’s the one you see on the GPS.

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      • Potocki
        17.01.2018 @ 12:27

        Exactly Speerer84xl! Unless the car is built for non European market. The cars that are built for US and Canada show real speed with a small error (of 1-2%) both sides. Eg. my Chevy at 100kmh GPS shows 101kmh on the speedometer and at 300kmh shows 299kmh. 🙂 Of course its only for car built FOR that markets (and privately imported to Europe), NOT US CARS in European version sold by European dealers.

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      • TerjeEnge
        19.01.2018 @ 16:06

        Thank you. It was new information that the overreading of speedometers in Europe is due to European regulations. Does anyone have a clue to where I can find this rule?

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        • Potocki
          23.01.2018 @ 20:21

          Well, I do Terje,
          It is regulated by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation 39. (https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/main/wp29/wp29regs/r039r1e.pdf) adopted by the EU. It says in point 5.3 that: ‘The speed indicated shall not be less than the true speed of the vehicle.’ and ‘At the test speeds specified in paragraph 5.2.5. above, there shall be the following relationship
          between the speed displayed (V1) and the true speed (V2): 0<=(V1-V2)<=0,1*V2 +4km.' (so the indicated speed cannot be higher than the true speed by more than (true speed)*10%+4kmh. In the US Federal Standards allow an error both sides (+/-) not higher than a certain value (so the speedometer can show both greater and smaller speed than actual if only the error is low enough). I've read somewhere that it is 5mph while driving at 50mph, but I've never seen it that high.

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          • TerjeEnge
            25.01.2018 @ 20:35

            Thank you again, Potocki. I will try to find a place where I can put this very interesting information .)

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  2. RAVI
    25.07.2017 @ 11:13

    Dear ALL,

    I was on holiday in Copenhagen, rented a car and got a fine for speeding in the city. The fine is for 1375 DK!!
    The speed limit in city is 50km. And was driving at 60Km.
    Want to know if there is a margin of error ?
    For exemple in Switzerland the margin error goes up to 6km. So the fine will be based on 60km -6km margin error = speeding will be 54km. And will be fined for 4km.
    Is this also possible in DMK?
    thank you
    RAVI

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  3. KK
    18.05.2017 @ 10:58

    Is it possible somehow decrease the fine for speeding?

    Reply

  4. Alex
    04.04.2017 @ 00:40

    I am not from denmark but from Sweden, we have a similar thing when you commit a crime, not for speeding though. it is called “brottsofferfonden”. So if you get a dayfine and that fine is calculated for example 5000sek then your fine is 5000sek. But besides that you always have to pay another 800sek to “brottsofferfonden” in the same tangle. I think it is the same in Denmark, so the fine is 2500 DKK, but the total sum is 3000 DKK

    Hope it helped.

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  5. Ehan
    20.03.2017 @ 13:21

    I ve a question I got 2500 fine on driving 68 at 50km/h.
    And I have to pay 500 offer fonder money .
    So my question is the actual fine is 2500 0r 3000

    Bcoz its going to effect my future stays in DK.

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    • Alex
      04.04.2017 @ 00:40

      I am not from denmark but from Sweden, we have a similar thing when you commit a crime, not for speeding though. it is called “brottsofferfonden”. So if you get a dayfine and that fine is calculated for example 5000sek then your fine is 5000sek. But besides that you always have to pay another 800sek to “brottsofferfonden” in the same tangle. I think it is the same in Denmark, so the fine is 2500 DKK, but the total sum is 3000 DKK Hope it helped.

      Reply

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