How can I exchange my Dutch driving licence in Denmark?

If you live in Denmark 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 Danish one.

Exchanging your driving licence

You can exchange your Dutch driving licence for a Danish one at the office of the municipality where you live. This must be done according to the European rules. You can only have 1 European driving licence. You don’t need to retake your driving test.

Attention: Your Danish 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 exchanged it for a Dutch driving licence, you may not always be able to exchange your Dutch driving licence in another EU country. The organisation responsible for issuing driving licences in Denmark (, information in Danish and English) can tell you whether you can exchange your Dutch driving licence for a Danish 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) if you wish to apply for a Danish 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 into Danish or legalised.

Other documents

Visit the website for information on the other documents you will need if you wish to exchange your driving licence.


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