First-time application for a driving licence

A driving licence is proof that you are permitted to operate a motor vehicle or motorbike. Your driving licence is also a valid proof of identification. In many cases you can use it to identify yourself. A driving licence is valid for a maximum of 10 years.

General conditions

  • You are registered at an address in The Hague.
  • You need to have been registered in a Dutch municipality for at least 185 days.

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.

Driving under the age of 18

As of the age of 17 you may take your practical exam for Category B (car driving licence). If you pass, you may apply for your driving licence but until you are 18 you are only allowed to drive under the supervision of a coach. For more about the possibilities and conditions go to www.rdw.nl.

CBR certificates

Once you pass your practical exam, the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR) will register 2 certificates under your name in the driving licence register: 

  • a certificate of driving proficiency
  • a Certificate of Fitness

The CBR usually registers these certificates on the first working day after you have passed your driving test. You will then be able to apply for your driving licence at the municipality.

Are you only applying for a category AM (moped) licence? Then you do not need a Certificate of Fitness.

The Statement of Health is a form with questions about your health. You will need this form when you take your driving test. You can purchase this declaration at the CBR (see CBR.nl) and often at your driving school.

      Needed for the application

        Are you not yet 18 years? You must first have applied for the begeleiderspas (supervising driver's pass) at the RDW (go to the website of the RDW) before you can apply for a driving licence at the municipality. You are not required to bring the begeleiderspas with you to the municipality. The staff member at the municipal counter will be able to see in the computer system whether you have a begeleiderspas. If it appears that you do not have a begeleiderspas, you will not be able to apply for a driving licence.

        Parents do not need to be present and a copy of the parent’s ID is not required.

        Read more about what to bring when applying on the website of the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).

        Apply

        The application process is as follows:

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

        Make an appointment

        • You apply for your driving licence at the Department of Public Service counter.
        • Pick up your driving licence in person at the city office where you applied for it.

          Driving licence fees

          • Application for a driving licence: € 39.75
          • Application for a driving licence (expedited): € 39.75 + € 34.10 = € 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 fees are valid in 2019.

          How long does it take?

          The application procedure takes 5 working days. The pick-up receipt will state the date as of when you can collect your driving licence. 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.

          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.