How can I exchange my Dutch driving licence in Austria?

If you live in Austria 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 an Austrian one.

Exchanging your driving licence

You can exchange your Dutch driving licence for an Austrian one. This must be done according to the European rules. You can only have 1 European driving licence. Go to the Austrian government website to see where you can do this. You don’t need to retake your driving test.

Attention: Your Austrian driving licence may be valid for longer or shorter than your Dutch driving licence. 

Exchanged driving licence?

If your original driving licence was issued by a country that is not part of the European Union (EU) and you then exchanged it for a Dutch driving licence, you may not always be able to exchange your Dutch driving licence in another EU country. The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (information in German and English) can tell you whether you can exchange your Dutch driving licence for an Austrian licence in this case. If this is not possible, you will need to take your driving test again.

Lost your driving licence?

Have you lost your driving licence? Then you will need a certificate of authenticity (echtheidsverklaring) from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) to apply for an Austrian driving licence. The certificate 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 do not need to have it translated or legalised.

Other documents

Visit the Austrian government website for information (in English) on the other documents you will need if you wish to exchange your driving licence.


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