Applying to collect a driving licence in the Netherlands
Have you passed your practical driving test? You can then collect your driving licence at your municipality. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle until you have collected your driving licence.
You must collect your driving licence in person at your municipality. Take along a colour passport photograph and a valid form of identification. The passport photograph in your driving licence must meet a number of requirements, for example, size and lighting.
If you want more information on how to collect your first driving licence, contact your municipality.
Applying for a driving licence as a 17-year old
In the Netherlands the minimum age to sit a practical driving exam for a car is 17 years. Those who pass are only allowed to drive with a coach (supervisor), until they are 18. If you want to apply for a driving licence as a 17-year old, you must first apply for a begeleiderspas (accompanied driving permit) (in Dutch). You can then select up to 5 supervisors who can register to accompany you while driving. The names of the supervisors you have chosen will be on the accompanied driving permit. These supervisors accompany you while you are driving until your 18th birthday.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Apply for a driver's license
You apply for a driving license in person at the municipality in which you live. You can collect the driver's license after 5 working days.
With a driver's license you show that you are allowed to drive a motor vehicle. Each vehicle has its own driving license category. Your driver's license states for which categories(link is external) you are allowed to drive vehicles.
A new driver's license is usually valid for 10 years. A category C, C1, D, D1 and/or E driving license is valid for 5 years. Are you older than 65? Then your driver's license is valid for a shorter period. This is because you must have a medical examination from the age of 75. Read more about your driving license from the age of 75 on Rijksoverheid.nl(external link).
The main conditions for applying for a driving license are:
- You lived in the Netherlands for at least 184 days in the past year.
- You apply for your driving license within 3 years after your driving test. Otherwise you will have to take the exam again.
Check on CBR.nl whether you need to fill in a health declaration.(link is external) The CBR will then assess whether you are fit to drive. Sometimes the CBR needs more information. Then you must, for example, be examined by a doctor. Or take a driving test.
Do you want to exchange a foreign driver's license? Then additional conditions apply.
The age at which you may apply for a driving license depends on the type of driving licence.
If you are 17 years old, you can apply for a youth driver's license. You may then drive with a coach next to you. To do this, you can request a supervisor's pass from the National Road Traffic Agency (RDW). Read more about the youth driver's license on 2todrive.nl.
Renew your driving license online from now on!
From 1 October it is possible in our municipality to apply for a driving license digitally. It is not necessary to make an appointment to collect the driver's license. All information is available on the website of the RDW.
Apply for a driver's license at the city hall
- You can make an appointment online with the municipality (the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee works by appointment).
- You come to the city hall
- You bring:
- your valid ID
- 1 color passport photo that meets the guidelines
- your old driving licence, if you want to renew or replace your driving licence
- You pay for your driver's license with the application. Please pay with pin.
Lost driver's license?
If you have lost your driving licence, if it has been stolen or if someone is misusing it, apply for a new driving licence. It is wise that you report the loss or theft as soon as possible. You can register a loss or theft report online with the RDW in advance, so that the driving license is immediately invalid.
Report missing driver's license
Do you need a Health Declaration (Self-declaration)? Apply for this online at the CBR. You pay the Health Declaration with the application.
You can have passport photos taken care of by a photographer, via an online passport photo service or you can take passport photos yourself at the city hall. The passport photos must always meet the passport photo requirements. You can use one of the two photo booths to take passport photos yourself in the city hall.
The costs are € 7.00. You can pay this amount appropriately or contactless.
You can apply for a driving license at the municipality if:
- you have passed a driving test for the first time.
- you passed a new category.
- your driver's license is about to expire.
- your ability to drive is restricted (for example due to an accident or illness).
- you want to exchange a driver's license (for example, a foreign or military driver's license).
- your driver's license has been lost or stolen.
- your driver's license is damaged.
A driver's license costs € 41.00.
Do you want to apply for a driving license urgently? Then you pay € 34.10 extra.
You can collect the new driving license from the municipality after 5 working days. You have 3 months to collect your driver's license.
Is 5 working days too long? Apply for a driving license via the urgent procedure. If you apply for the driving license before 2 p.m., you can pick up the driving license the next working day. You then pay a surcharge.
Is your driver's license missing? Then an urgent procedure is not always possible. Inquire about this at the municipality.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee
Koningin Julianaweg 45
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