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 the Department of Public Service counter at the Centrum or Escamp city office. 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 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 pay in cash or use a bank card at the Centrum and Escamp city offices.

            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.