Renew driving licence without fixed domicile
Published: 17 January 2013 Modified: 07 May 2013
Do you live in the Netherlands but have no fixed domicile? And you want to renew your driving licence? Then go to the municipality where you are currently residing.
What is it?
Do you have a Dutch driving licence, but are not registered with the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA)? Then you may submit an application to renew your driving licence at the municipality where you are currently residing.
How does it work?
You can renew your driving licence:
- before the expiry date.
- after the expiry date. Please note: You are not allowed to drive with an expired driving licence. You may only drive again once you have renewed your driving licence.
What are the conditions?
You will need a medical declaration from the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR) in each of the following cases:
- you are aged 70 or older.
- you are aged 65 or older and your new driving licence will expire on/after your 70th birthday.
- you are to be issued a driving licence with a shorter validity period on medical grounds.
- you want to renew a driving licence in category C, D or E.
To apply for a medical declaration, you will need a Medical Report Form.
To obtain a driving licence, you need to meet one of the following requirements:
- You are a citizen of one of the EU or EEA member countries or of Switzerland.
- You have a valid residence permit.
What will I need?
- passport photo
Strict rules apply to passport photos. For example, the photo needs to be in colour and has to be taken straight from the front. For an overview of all the requirements, download 'Passport photo requirements’ (PDF).
- Your old driving licence and valid proof of identity.
Is your old driving licence still valid as well as clearly readable? Then you may use it as proof of identity as well.
- A medical declaration, if applicable
- Proof of deregistration from the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA) from the municipality where you were last registered.
The municipality will verify the authenticity of your valid proof of identity.
What does it cost?
Applying for a driving licence: € 46.50.
Penalty for lost document: an additional € 36.90
(Rates for 2013)
Please note: These fees must be paid upfront when you submit your application.
How long does it take?
The Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW) will contact you when you can collect your driving licence from the municipality.
How do I apply / What do I need to do?
- Visit the Department of Public Service desk in person to apply for your driving licence.
- The counter clerk will send your application to the RDW.
- The RDW will review your application and send you a notification when the licence is ready for collection.
- You will need to collect your driving licence in person from the sub-municipal office where you submitted your application. This has to be done within 3 months of submitting your application.
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