Renewing your driving licence in Bulgaria?
If you live in Bulgaria and your Dutch driving licence has expired, you cannot renew it. You must exchange your Dutch licence for a Bulgarian licence.
Exchanging your driving licence
You can exchange your Dutch driving licence for a Bulgarian licence at the Traffice Police, Bulgarian Ministry of Interior (information in Bulgarian and English). You will not need to retake your driving test. An important condition for applying for a driving licence is that your old driving licence still has to be valid.
To apply for a Bulgarian licence you will have to submit the following documents:
- application form
- Bulgarian residence permit
- medical test
- declaration that your habitual residence is not in another EU member-country (standardised form)
- your old valid driving licence and a copy of it
- proof of payment
Driving licence lost or stolen?
If your Dutch driving licence has been lost or stolen you must apply for a Bulgarian driving licence. You can do so at the Traffice Police, Bulgarian Ministry of Interior (information in Bulgarian and English).
You can download a statement of loss (PDF, 75kb) (information in Dutch) and send it to the Road Transport Agency (RDW). This will prevent unauthorised use of your driving licence.