Apply for driving licence after loss or theft

Have you lost your driving licence? Or has it been stolen? Apply for a new driving licence or a replacement at the municipality. A replacement driving licence will be valid until the same date as your missing driving licence.


You may not operate a motor vehicle without a valid driving licence. This is allowed only once you have a replacement or new driving licence.

New driving licence

  • When you apply for a new driving licence, the same conditions apply as for renewing a driving licence.
  • Are you applying for a new driving licence and are you younger than 65? Then your driving licence is usually valid for 10 years.
  • Are there fitness requirements for a Statement of Health? Then you need to have a medical examination.

Replacement driving licence

A replacement licence will be valid until the same date as your old driving licence and you will not need a medical examination.

      For whom?

      • for people with a nationality of one of the EU or EEA member countries or Switzerland.
      • for people with a valid residence permit.

      Needed for the application

      • a declaration of loss. You fill this in when applying at the district office.
      • a passport photo.
      Strict rules apply to passport photos. Read the rules on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.


        The application procedure is as follows:

        • You need to appear in person at a counter of the Department of Public Service. Make an appointment for this online.

        Make an appointment

          • You apply for a new driving licence or a replacement driving licence.
          • You pick up your driving licence in person, at the city district office where you applied for it. You must collect it within 3 months after you apply for it. After that the document will no longer be valid and the municipality is obliged to annul it. If you would like a driving licence after this 3-month period, then you will have to apply and pay for it again.


            • Application for a driving licence: € 39.75
            • Expedited application for a driving licence: € 39.75 + € 34.10 rush fee = € 73.85

            These fees must be paid upfront when you submit your application. You can only pay by bank card at the district offices however, you can also pay cash, as well as by bank card, at the Centrum district office (City Hall).

            These rates took effect as of 1 January 2019.

            How long does it take?

            • 5 working days.
            • Do you need your driving licence urgently? Then you may use the expedited procedure. You will receive your licence after a maximum of 2 working days (if you submit the application before 14.00 hrs.). This procedure is more expensive.