Renewing your driving licence in South Africa?

If you live in South Africa and your Dutch driving licence has expired, you can renew it.

Renewing your driving licence

You can apply to the Road Transport Agency (RDW) in the Netherlands for a new Dutch driving licence as follows:

  1. Request an application form online (information in Dutch).
  2. The RDW will send the application form to the Dutch correspondence address you provide.
  3. Return the form to the RDW, together with the documents required. The user guide for driving licence applications (PDF, 475kb) (information in Dutch) tells you which documents you need to send.
  4. Pay the driving licence application fee.
  5. The RDW will send your driving licence to your correspondence address in the Netherlands within 10 working days.

Driving licence lost or stolen?

If your Dutch driving licence has been lost or stolen, you can apply for a new driving licence as follows:

  1. Request an application form online (information in Dutch).
  2. The RDW will send the application form to the Dutch correspondence address you provide.
  3. Return the form to the RDW, together with the documents required. The user guide for driving licence applications (PDF, 475kb) (information in Dutch) tells you which documents you need to send. You must always submit a statement of loss (PDF, 75kb) (information in Dutch).
  4. Pay the driving licence application fee.
  5. The RDW will send your driving licence to your correspondence address in the Netherlands within 10 working days.

International driving licence lost or stolen?
If your international driving licence (information in Dutch) has been lost or stolen, you will have to go in person to an ANWB store in the Netherlands to get a new one. You cannot buy an international driving licence online or by phone.

Additional information

Do you want to apply for a South African driving licence? If you have a permanent residence permit for South Africa, you can exchange your valid Dutch driving licence for a South African driving licence. Check the information about Converting a foreign driving licence on the website of the Department of Transport for the requirements.

The Dutch embassy in Pretoria and the consulate general in Cape town can’t help you with a translation of your Dutch driving licence. If required, they can make a certified true copy of your driving licence. You can make an appointment via the online appointment system.