If you live in Hong Kong SAR and your Dutch driving licence has expired (or has almost expired), you will need a Hong Kong driving licence if you want to drive a car.
Applying for a Hong Kong driving licence
You can apply for a Hong Kong driving licence at the Hong Kong Transport Department (in English and Chinese).
What do I need?
If you want to apply for a Hong Kong driving licence, you will need a certificate of authenticity (echtheidsverklaring) from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). 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. It does not need to be translated into Chinese.
You will also need an English translation of your Dutch driving licence, which you must obtain in person via the Dutch consulate-general in Hong Kong. You cannot ask someone else to do it for you. Follow these instructions:
- Make an appointment at the consulate-general in Hong Kong. Choose ‘Consular declarations’ in the drop-down menu.
- Go to the appointment yourself (you cannot ask someone else to go for you), bringing the following documents with you:
- your Dutch driving licence
- your Hong Kong identity card
- your valid Hong Kong visa
- your Dutch passport.
- Wait for the English translation of your driving licence, and pay the fee. Find out what you will have to pay in the list of consular fees for Hong Kong.
Visit the website of the Hong Kong Transport Department for information (in English) on the other documents you will need if you wish to apply for a Hong Kong driving licence.