Renewing or exchanging your Dutch driving licence in the United States

If you live in the United States and your Dutch driving licence has expired (or has almost expired), you can renew it. You can also exchange it for a driving licence from the state where you live.

Renewing your driving licence

If you have the nationality of an EU/EEA country, you can renew your driving licence via the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW), even if it has already expired. Follow the steps to apply for a new driving licence.

The RDW does not send post abroad. You will therefore need to provide a correspondence address in the Netherlands to which forms and your driving licence can be sent. This could, for example, be the address of a family member or friend.

Step 1: Request an application form

You can request an application form for renewing your driving licence (in Dutch) from the RDW's website.

Step 2: Collect the right documents

You will need the following original documents:

  • your Dutch driving licence
  • a photocopy of your valid travel document, e.g. a passport or identity card 
  • a completed and signed application form
  • 1 colour passport photo that meets Dutch passport photo requirements and is less than 6 months old. 

In the following situations you will need to supply additional documents. Click on the situation(s) that applies (apply) to you for more information.

Step 3: Submit your documents

Send all the documents needed for your application to the RDW: 

RDW, Unit Rijbewijzen
Postbus 9000
9640 HA Veendam
The Netherlands

Step 4: Pay the fee

Pay the fee for your application for a new driving licence. Scroll to ‘Applying for a new driving licence' and 'Fees' on the RDW's website to find out what the fee is and how to pay it. 

The RDW will not assess your application until the fee has been paid. If your application is approved the RDW will send your new driving licence to your correspondence address in the Netherlands within 10 working days. If your application is rejected you will receive a letter explaining why.

Applying for a driving licence in the United States

If you wish to apply for a driving licence in the United States, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Motor Vehicle Administration in the state where you live. Select the state where you live on the United States government website to locate the Department of Motor Vehicles nearest to you.

You can exchange your Dutch driving licence immediately, but you may be required to do additional tests, e.g. eyesight test. This varies from state to state.

What do I need?

If you want to apply for a driving licence from your state you may need a translation of your Dutch driving licence. You can find a translator through the American Translators Association. The Dutch embassy and consulates-general in the US cannot provide you with a translation. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Motor Vehicle Administration in the state where you live to find out what requirements the translation must meet.

Visit the United States government website for information on the other documents you will need if you wish to apply for a driving licence in the United States.

Driving licences issued in the United States may be valid for longer or shorter than a Dutch driving licence.

Contact

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