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.
Applying for a driving licence
Please note: you can only apply for a driving licence if you live in the Netherlands and are registered in the city of Hoorn.
How long are driving licences valid?
- Under 65 years of age: valid for 10 years.
- Between 65 and 70 years of age: valid until your 75th birthday.
- Between 70 and 75 years of age: valid for 5 years.
- Over 75 years of age: valid for a maximum of 5 years.
- Your previous driver's license (except for a first application or missing).
- A matching passport photo in colour. The passport photo is no more than six months old at the time of application. More information about the requirements for a passport photo can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
- A debit card (or cash).
- Is your driver's license expired or missing? Please also bring a valid proof of identity (passport or identity card).
You must also have a statement of suitability in the following cases:
- If your driver's license expires on or after your 75th birthday.
- If you want to renew a bus or truck driver's license (C or D).
- If you have a medical disability.
You do not have to bring the declaration of suitability. The CBR passes this on to the municipality.
Renew online or add category
Is your old driver's license about to expire? Or do you want to have a category added? You can then submit the application via the RDW website. You can then pick up the driver's license at the town hall without an appointment after 2 working days.
First driver's license or renewal at city hall?
Then make an appointment. You can collect your driver's license from 10 a.m. 5 working days after your application or have it delivered free of charge. You can also have a category added at City Hall by appointment. It is not necessary to make an appointment for pick-up.
With an urgent application, the driving license is ready after 1 to 2 working days. Read all about delivery on the Bezorgen rijbewijs page.
Lost or stolen driver's license?
You do not have to report it to the police if your driving license is stolen or lost. You make an appointment to apply for a new driving licence. Report via the RDW website that your driving license has been lost or stolen.
- Driving licence: € 44,60
- Spoedaanvraag (urgent request): € 78,70
- ‘Eigen Verklaring’ (self-declaration) for the medical examination: € 41
You can collect your driver's license from 10 a.m. 5 working days after your application or have it delivered free of charge. It is not necessary to make an appointment for pick-up.
Do you need it sooner than that?
If you need your driving licence urgently, you can make an urgent request. With an urgent application, the driving license is ready after 1 to 2 working days. Read all about delivery on the Bezorgen rijbewijs page.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Hoorn