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Driver's license, exchanging foreign driver's license

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  • Wat is het?

    What is it?

    A foreign driver’s license is only valid in The Netherlands for a certain time. After that you need to possess a Dutch driver’s license.

    Therefore, in certain cases, you can exchange a foreign driver’s license for a Dutch one. If this is possible depends on the country where your driver’s license comes from. Also the foreign driver’s license still needs to be valid.

    You can make a request to exchange your driver’s license at the municipality.

  • Hoe werkt het?

    How does it work?

    Which driver's licenses are possible to exchange

    Exchanging your driver’s license is only possible if the license is from a country named on the following lists:

    Medical examination

    In certain cases, you must have a medical examination. This is always the case when the driver’s license is from a country outside of the EU or European Free Trade Association. If you need to be examined, first fill in a personal health declaration (gezondheidsverklaring). You can buy this at the municipality or via “My CBR”. The form must be send to CBR. The CBR will send you a letter stating if you are fit to drive. Then you can request to exchange your driver’s license at the municipality.

  • Wat moet ik doen?

    What should I do?

    • Go to the municipality personally
    • Ask for a form to request exchange of a foreign driver’s license to a Dutch driver’s license
    • Fill in the form and check the data
    • Hand in all the necessary documents
  • Wat heb ik nodig?

    What do I need?

    • A passport photo that meets the requirements
    • A valid identification card or residence permit
    • Foreign driver’s license
    • If you have received a letter from CBR, bring this as well
    • Cash or a debit card to pay for the license
  • Hoe lang duurt het?

    How long does it take?

    Within 3-6 weeks you will receive a message if you can pick up your Dutch driver’s license at the municipality.

  • Wat kost het ?

    What are the costs?

    2019

    Exchanging a foreign driver's license: €39,45

    Personal declaration: €37,80

     

  • Aanvullende informatie

    Additional information

    Driving with a foreign driver's license

    With a valid foreign driver’s license you can drive in The Netherlands for a certain time. This depends on the country where the driver’s license comes from. If your driver’s license comes from a country from the EU or European Free Trade Association you are allowed to drive with it till 10 years after it has been issued. For a driver’s license that has been issued before January 19th, 2013 this is even 15 years. If your driver’s license is older than 9 years, you can use it for 2 more years in The Netherlands. These 2 years start on the date of your registration at a Dutch municipality.

    If you have a driver’s license from a country outside of the EU or European Free Trade Association or from the Netherlands Antilles you can use your driver’s license for a maximum of 185 days. This period starts the day you register at a Dutch municipality. During this period you will need to request a Dutch driver’s license.

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