Netherlands Worldwide

Renewing your Dutch driving licence in Thailand

If you live in Thailand and your Dutch driving licence has expired (or has almost expired) you can renew it. You can use your valid Dutch driving licence to apply for a Thai 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.

Applying for a Thai driving licence

You can use your valid Dutch driving licence to apply for a Thai licence at the Department of Land Transport (in English). 

What do I need?

You will need a certified true copy of your Dutch driving licence to apply for a Thai licence, as well as other documents. You can make an appointment at the Dutch embassy in Bangkok to apply for the certified true copy. You can only do this in person. Bring the following documents with you to the appointment:

Neem naar uw afspraak de volgende documenten mee:

  • your original, valid Dutch driving licence
  • your valid Dutch passport.

Read more about applying for a certified true copy of your driving licence on the page on legalising a copy of your identity document.

Visit the website of the Department of Land Transport for information on the other documents you will need if you wish to apply for a Thai driving licence. If in your case you require a declaration of residence, which you can obtain from the Dutch embassy in Bangkok, you will not have to make a separate appointment. You can apply for it when you come in for your appointment for the certified true copy of your driving licence.

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