Renewing your Dutch driving licence in the Philippines

If you live in the Philippines and your Dutch driving licence has (almost) expired, you can renew it. You can also apply for a Philippine one if you stay longer than one month.

Attention: Do you have a valid foreign driving licence, in addition to your Dutch driving licence? Then it is not necessary to renew your Dutch driving licence. You are allowed to drive with your foreign driving licence, also in the Netherlands. You can renew your expired Dutch driving licence once you live in the the Netherlands. You are not required to take a driving test again.

Step 1: Check whether you meet the conditions

You can renew your Dutch driving licence from abroad via the RDW in the Netherlands. This is only possible if you:

  • are a Dutch national or a national of another EU/EFTA country
  • live outside the EU or the EFTA. Or you live in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba
  • are not a registered resident in the Netherlands

Do you not meet the conditions? Than you cannot renew your Dutch driving licence abroad. Instead you must exchange your Dutch driving licence for a local driving licence. Read how to exchange your Dutch driving licence.

Step 2: Request an application form

You need an application form to renew your Dutch driving licence. Request the application form via the RDW in the Netherlands. The RDW will send the application form to a correspondence address in the Netherlands of your choice.

Step 3: 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 4: Submit your documents

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

RDW, Unit Rijbewijzen
Postbus 9000
9640 HA Veendam

Step 5: 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. 

After your payment has been assessed, the RDW will process your application within 10 working days.

Does RDW approve your application? Then it will take 5 working days before you receive your new driving licence at your correspondence address in the Netherlands.

If your application is rejected you will receive a letter explaining why.

Applying for a Philippine driving licence

Your Dutch driving licence is valid in the Philippines for 120 days, the maximum length of a tourist visa. After that, you are required to hold a Philippine driving licence. You don't need to do a practical driving test, but you will have to pass a written theory test.

You can apply for a Philippine driving licence on the website of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). If the LTO asks for proof in English that you have a valid Dutch driving licence, you can apply for a certificate of authenticity (echtheidsverklaring) at the RDW (information in Dutch). A certificate of authenticity is an original certified document, in English, stating that your driving licence is listed in the Dutch Central Driving Licences Register. It also provides details such as licence number and vehicle categories.

The LTO may also request a translation of your driving licence. For this, you can use an International Driving Permit (IDP).

If you do not own an IDP, please view the general translation of a Dutch driving licence. You can present this document, in combination with your Dutch driving licence, at the LTO. The embassy in Manila does not issue individual translations of Dutch driving licences.

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