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.
Municipality of Groningen: Applying to collect a driving licence
Please note. You can only apply for a driver's license if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
Do not make an appointment until your driver's license expires in 6 weeks. Earlier is not necessary.
You must have a medical examination in one of the following cases:
- You are 75 years of age or older.
- You have complaints or disabilities that affect your ability to drive.
- You are applying for a license to drive a truck or bus.
Bring to the appointment
- Old driving license when renewing/extending.
- Passport or ID card for 1st application or in case of loss of driving license.
- Passport photo that meets the requirements and is not older than 6 months.
It is not possible yet to apply online, without a DigiD.
Apply at the counter
You need to visit 2 times. Once for entering your data and adding a photo. This appointment takes longer than the online application. You will need to make an appointment for this. After five working days you can collect your driver's license at the second appointment. You do not need to make an appointment for this.
Check the most recent prices on the 'rijbewijs aanvragen' page, on the website of the municipality of Groningen.
After about a week, you will pick up your driver's license in person at the municipality.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Groningen