Renew driving licence if it's damaged or unreadable

Is your driving licence damaged? Or has it become unreadable? Visit the municipality to apply for a new or replacement driving licence. A replacement driving licence will be valid until the same date as your old driving licence.


Are you applying for a new driving licence? Then the same conditions apply as they would to Renew a driving licence.

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.

You may not drive without a valid driving licence. You may only resume driving a motor vehicle when you have received the replacement or new driving licence.

What to bring?

Strict rules apply to passport photos. Read the rules on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

    Who is it for?

    Anyone who has passed the driving test in the Netherlands.


    • Application for a driving licence: € 39.75
    • Application for a driving licence (expedited): € 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 are the rates for 2019.

    How long does it take?

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

      Make an appointment

      Apply for your driving licence in person at the Department of Public Service counter at the Centrum or Escamp city office. You can make an appointment for this online.

      Pick up your driving licence in person at the city office where you applied for it. You must collect it within 3 months after applying for it. After that the document will no longer be valid and the municipality is obligated to annul it. You will then have to apply and pay for it again.

      When applying for a new driving licence and you are not yet 60, then, in most cases, the driving licence will be valid for 10 years.

      Are aptitude requirements applicable? Then you need to be retested.

      You apply for a replacement driving licence. This licence will be valid until the same date as your old driving licence.

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