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Renewing your Dutch driving licence in Malaysia

If you live in Malaysia and your Dutch driving licence has expired (or has almost expired) you can renew it or exchange it for a Malaysian driving licence, depending on your situation. 

Applying for a Malaysian driving licence

You can exchange your valid Dutch driving licence for a Malaysian one at the Road Transport Department Malaysia (in English and Bahasa) if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You are a participant in the Malaysia My Second Home Program (MM2H).
  • You are (or are married to) a Malaysian national.
  • You are a diplomatic pass holder.
  • You are (or are married to) an expat with a Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) or a category 1 or 2 Employment Pass.

What do I need?

If you want to apply for a Malaysian 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. 

The certificate of authenticity will also need to be legalised.
Read more about having documents legalised

You can ask the Road Transport Department Malaysia what other documents you may need to apply for a Malaysian driving licence.

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

Renewing your Dutch driving licence

You can also renew your Dutch driving licence via the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW), even if it has already expired. Follow the steps to apply for a new driving licence.

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.

Attention: Please note: 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 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
Nederland

Step 4: Pay the fee

Pay the fee for your application for a new driving licence. Scroll to ‘Kosten’ 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.