Exchange a driving licence from EU/EEA or Switzerland

Are you coming to live in the Netherlands and do you have a driving licence from the EU/EEA or Switzerland? Read how you can exchange it for a Dutch driving licence.

How do you exchange your driving licence?

  • Go in person to the Department of Public Service counter at the Centrum or Escamp city office to exchange your driving licence.
  • A municipal employee will take your foreign driving licence. You will get a copy and a receipt.
  • The municipal employee will forward your application and foreign driving licence to the RDW.
  • The RDW will review your application and send you a notification when you can collect the licence at the municipality. Your Dutch driving licence is valid for a maximum of 10 years.
  • You will need to pick up your driving licence in person from 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.
  • You will not get your old driving licence back after the exchange. The RDW will send your driving licence to the country which issued it.
Flowchart: Convert a valid foreign driving licence and how to fill in the medical statement (PDF, 1,7 MB)

Needed to exchange a driving licence

  • A valid form of identification.
  • The driving licence you want to exchange. You will not get it back.
  • Would you like to exchange a driving licence not written in the Roman/Latin alphabet (like Greek)? Then you will need to bring a translation of the driving licence with you. The translation must be issued by a sworn translator, the embassy or the consulate.
  • A Statement of Health, if applicable.
  • Are you a foreign student? Then you also need to provide proof of enrolment from your educational institute. 
  • Has your foreign driving licence been lost or stolen? Then you will need to submit a police report or a declaration of loss from the municipality. You will also need to submit an original certified declaration (not older than 6 months) from the authority which issued the driving licence. The declaration should state whether the driving licence is still valid and when it was issued.
  • Is the foreign driving licence no longer valid? Then you will need a declaration of no objection from the authority that issued the driving licence.

Conditions

You are registered at an address in The Hague.

Would you like to know the deadline for exchanging your driving licence? This will depend on your age, the date your driving licence was issued and the date you moved to the Netherlands.

  • Was your foreign driving licence issued before your 65th birthday? Then your driving licence is valid for 10 years from the date of issue.
  • Was your foreign driving licence issued between your 65th and 70th birthdays? Then your driving licence is valid until your 75th birthday.
  • Was your foreign driving licence issued after your 70th birthday? Then you may use the driving licence for a period of 5 years.
  • Are there more than 10 years between the date your foreign driving licence was issued and the date you moved to the Netherlands? And is your driving licence still valid? Then you may continue driving with your foreign driving licence up to 1 year after you come to live in the Netherlands. If you want to continue driving a motor vehicle after that year, you will have to apply for a Dutch driving licence.
  • If you have a driving licence which was issued in 1 of the countries belonging to the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA), while you were already registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of a Dutch municipality, then you may not drive in the Netherlands using the foreign driving licence. You need to exchange this driving licence in the municipality in which you are registered.

Citizenship requirements

To obtain a driving licence, you need to meet 1 of the following conditions:

  • You are a citizen of one of the EU or EEA member countries or of Switzerland.
  • You have a valid residence permit.

    Fees

    Exchanging a driving licence costs € 39.75.

    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 are the rates in 2019.

    Make an appointment

    Make an appointment to exchange your driving licence.

        Make an appointment (in Dutch)

        When you apply for a Dutch driving licence you will need to turn in your foreign driving licence. You will not be permitted to drive until your new driving licence has been issued.

        Also see: Website of the RDW (in English)