Exchanging your Dutch driving licence for a Slovakian driving licence

If you live in Slovakia and your Dutch driving licence has expired (or has almost expired), you cannot renew it. Your only option is to exchange your Dutch licence for a Slovakian one.

Exchanging your driving licence

You can exchange your Dutch driving licence for a Slovakian one at the police station in your place of residence if you have been permanently resident in Slovakia for at least 185 days. You don’t need to retake your driving test. Read more about driving licence on the website of the Slovakian Ministry of the Interior (in Slovakian).

If your original driving licence was issued by a country that is not part of the European Union (EU) and you exchanged it for a Dutch driving licence, you may not always be able to exchange your Dutch driving licence in another EU country. The Slovakian Ministry of the Interior can tell you whether you can exchange your Dutch driving licence for a Slovakian licence in this case. If this is not possible, you will need to take your driving test again.

Your Slovakian driving licence may be valid for longer or shorter than your Dutch driving licence.

What do I need?

If you want to apply for a Slovakian driving licence, you will need the following documents:

  • your Slovakian residence permit
  • your current (or expired) Dutch driving licence
  • a Slovakian translation of your driving licence, provided by a sworn translator
  • a certificate of authenticity (echtheidsverklaring) from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) (information in Dutch). This shows whether your driving licence is listed in the Central Driving Licences Register. Visit the website of the RDW for information on how to apply for a certificate of authenticity. There is a fee for this service. Once you have paid you will receive the certificate of authenticity by post at your address. The certificate is in English. You will need to have it translated into Slovakian by a sworn translator.

If the translations were not provided by an accredited translator in Slovakia, you will need to have them legalised as well. Legalising documents allows you to use them in another country. 

Read more about having documents translated and legalised

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