Exchange a driving licence from outside EU/EEA or Switzerland

A driving licence that was issued outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland has limited validity in the Netherlands. When you come to live in the Netherlands, you may still use your foreign driving licence for a maximum of 185 days. In some cases you will be able to convert your foreign driving licence to a Dutch one. To do so you can submit an application to the municipality.

Needed to exchange a driving licence

How do you 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.
  • 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.

    • You may exchange your foreign driving licence for a Dutch driving licence.
      Special conditions apply here.
    • You can apply for a Dutch driving licence.
      You will first have to pass a theory and practical driving test. You can read more about it under First-time application for a driving licence.
    Flowchart: Convert a valid foreign driving licence and how to fill in the medical statement (PDF, 1,7 MB)


    In the following cases you will be able to exchange your foreign driving licence in The Hague for a Dutch driving licence:

    • You are a resident of the Municipality of The Hague.
    • You have a valid residence permit and a valid driving licence which meets the conditions.
    • You have a valid driving licence from one of the following countries designated by the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management:

      • Andorra (category B)
      • Taiwan (category B)
      • Israel (category B)
      • Japan (category A and B)
      • Jersey (all categories)
      • The Isle of Man (all categories)
      • Monaco (all categories)
      • Singapore (categories A and B)
      • Republic of Korea (category B)
      • Quebec (category B)
    • You have a valid driving licence from a country which is not on the list and you relinquished your Dutch driving licence for it at the time. Your Dutch driving licence was still valid after 30 June 1985.


    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.

    Rates for 2019.

    How long does it take?

    The Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW) will notify you when you can collect your driving licence at the municipality. Your Dutch driving licence is valid for a maximum of 10 years.

    Make an appointment

    To exchange your driving licence you must visit the Department of Public Service at the Centrum or Escamp city office. You can make an appointment to do this.

    Make an appointment (in Dutch)

    Please note: 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)