If you are moving abroad temporarily and leaving your car in the Netherlands, you can suspend the vehicle registration for the period you're away. You do not need to pay any road tax on the car during this period. Nor do you need to have a valid APK inspection certificate or insurance. You arrange the suspension online or in person.
Advantages and rules of vehicle registration suspension
You don't need a valid APK inspection certificate or insurance for a car whose registration has been suspended. You will also not need to pay any motor vehicle tax (MRB) on the car for the period in question. The registration certificate will remain valid.
You can only suspend the registration of a car in your name. You can suspend the vehicle registration for a period of 1, 2 or 3 years. You can always end the suspension earlier. Or extend it.
Suspending your vehicle registration online
Using your DigiD
If you suspend your vehicle registration using your DigiD, you will need to pay the costs via iDeal.
Using an EU-approved login key
If you suspend your vehicle registration using an EU-approved login key from another European country, you will need your citizen service number (BSN) and Dutch bank account details.
After you have submitted your application
After you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the RDW. Your vehicle registration is only suspended once the RDW has approved your application. You will receive a second email from the RDW. This email will contain the date your vehicle registration suspension will end. The second email acts as proof of suspension.
Suspending your vehicle registration in person
You can also suspend your vehicle registration at a kentekenloket (a garage that provides this service), inspection facility or RDW location. You do not need to make an appointment, bring the following documents with you:
- a valid passport, ID card or driving licence
- registration card and registration code or your paper registration certificate and transfer certificate
Your vehicle registration will be suspended immediately. You will receive proof of suspension. Keep this document safe.
Cost of suspending registration
Suspension is not free of charge. You will not receive a refund if you end the suspension earlier.
After your vehicle registration has been suspended
Once your vehicle registration is suspended, you will no longer be required to pay motor vehicle tax (MRB). The Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) will inform the Tax Administration that your vehicle registration has been suspended. You do not need to do this yourself.
You must park your car on private property for the suspension period. You may be fined if you park your car on a public road. After you have parked the car, you can cancel your insurance policy.
What you also need to arrange if you’re going to move abroad
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.