Exchanging a foreign driving licence for a Dutch driving licence in the Netherlands
Do you have a foreign driving licence and do you live in the Netherlands? You can drive temporarily in the Netherlands on your foreign driving licence. Later, you have to exchange your driving licence at your municipality.
Whether or not you are allowed to drive on your foreign driving licence depends on when you come to live in the Netherlands, and which country you were granted your licence. The rules applicable to you can be found on the Rijksdienst voor het wegverkeer – RDW (Netherlands Vehicle Authority) website.
The exchange of your foreign driving licence is subject to certain conditions. For example you must be registered in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP) at your municipality. You can find all the conditions for exchanging your foreign driving licence on the RDW website.
You can also check with the RDW chatbot (in Dutch) whether you can exchange your driving licence. Choose "Rijbewijs omwisselen" and by answering a few questions the chatbot can provide your answer.
You can apply to exchange your foreign driving licence at your municipality. On the RDW website you can find out the steps to take.
If it is not possible to exchange your licence, you will have to take a theory and practical driving test at the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen – CBR (central office for driving licences). On the CBR website you can find out more information about the licence classes that can be exchanged.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Municipality of Utrecht: Exchanging a foreign driving licence for a Dutch driving licence
Please note: you must live in the Netherlands and be registered with a municipality to exchange a foreign driving licence. You must hand in your foreign driving licence when you apply. You are not allowed to drive until you have received your new driving licence.
- Registered in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP).
- Nationality of EU or EFTA country or valid residence permit.
- Valid driving license. Even if your EU/EFTA driving license is no longer valid you can exchange your driving license. Do you have an expired driving license from Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein? Then you must submit a "Declaration of no objection to the issue of a Dutch driving license" with your application. You can request this from the issuing authority.
- A driving license from outside the EU/EFTA may not be expired at the time you submit the application.
- Have you lost your EU/EFTA driving license? We will make a statement of loss at the counter and you can exchange the driving license. For all other countries, the original driving license must be handed in at the time of exchange. If this is not the case, you cannot exchange the driving license (with the exception of some Caribbean islands).
- Minimum age for a Dutch driving license.
- your foreign driving licence
- a valid identity document or a valid residence permit for the Netherlands
- In some cases, a gezondheidsverklaring (declaration of good health) from the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheid – CBR (Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing) if you have a category C, D, CE or DE driving licence. You must undergo a medical examination to obtain the declaration. You can find information about the statement and the examination on the CBR website.
- 1 colour passport photo that meets the passport photo requirements. The passport photo must be no more than 6 months old at the time of application. You cannot have a passport photo taken at the municipality.
- Pin card to pay for driver's license (preferably debit card, cash can be paid).
Make an appointment
You will make 2 appointments. 1 appointment to apply for your driving license and 1 appointment to collect your driving license. Plan your collection appointment as soon as you have received notification from RDW that the Dutch driving license is ready for you at the municipality.
The fee for exchanging a driving licence is € 44.65.
You must pay that fee at the time of application.
It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the licences to be exchanged. You will receive a letter from the Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer – RDW (Netherlands Vehicle Authority) when you can collect your driving licence. You must collect your driving licence in person. You have 3 months to do this after you have received the letter from the RDW. After that time, the driving licence will be destroyed.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Utrecht