Renew driving licence without fixed domicile

Do you have a Dutch driving licence but you are not registered with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP)? Then you may submit an application to renew your driving licence at the municipality in which you are currently residing.

Conditions

In the following situations you will need a Certificate of Fitness from the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR):

  • You are 75 years of age or older.
  • You will be issued a driving licence with a shorter validity period on medical grounds.
  • You want to extend a driving licence in category C, D or E.

To apply for a Certificate of Fitness, you will need a Medical Statement.

Citizenship requirements

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

  • you have a passport from one of the EU or EEA member countries or Switzerland.
  • you have a valid residence permit.

    Needed for the application

    • your old driving licence and a valid form of identification (not your old driving licence)
    • a passport photo. Strict rules apply to passport photos. For example, the photo has to be a good likeness, in colour and taken straight from the front. A list of all the requirements can be found in Passport photo requirements.
    Passport photo requirements (PDF, 853,8 kB)
    • in some cases a Certificate of Fitness.
    • if you were deregistered from a Dutch municipality on or after 1 October 1994: proof of deregistration from the Register Niet Ingezetenen (RNI).
    • if you were deregistered from a Dutch municipality before 1 October 1994: proof of deregistration from the Netherlands from the settlement register (vestigingsregister).
    • documents proving you have lived in the Netherlands at least 185 days per calendar year (for example, bank statements, tax payments or insurance payments).
    • Is your old driving licence missing or stolen? You first need to file a police report for lost property. You can submit this police report together with your application.

    You can renew your driving licence:

    • before the expiry date.
    • after the expiry date.
      Please note: You are not allowed to drive with an expired driving licence. You may only drive again once you have renewed your driving licence.

      Medical examination

      As of 1 January 2014 the age that drivers of motor vehicles and motorbikes (category A and B) need to have a medical examination was raised from 70 to 75 years of age. This means that as of 2014, the following rules apply when renewing your driving licence:

      Regels vernieuwing rijbewijs
      Age Validity driving licence Medical examination
      18-65 maximum of 10 years no medical examination needed on the basis of your age*
      65-70 until your 75th birthday no medical examination needed on the basis of your age*
      70-75 maximum of 5 years no medical examination needed on the basis of your age*
      >75 maximum of 5 years medical examination needed

      * A driving licence can be issued for a shorter period of time and a medical statement can be required on medical grounds. More information can be found on rdw.nl.

      Fees 2017

      • Application for a driving licence: € 38.80
      • Expedited application for a driving licence: € 38.80 + € 37.85 supplement = € 76.65

      These fees must be paid upfront when you submit your application. You can only pay by bank card at the district offices; however, you can also pay cash, as well as by bank card, at the Centrum district office (City Hall).

      How long does it take?

      The Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW) will notify you when you can collect your driving licence at the municipality.

      For the first time

      This procedure also applies if you are applying for a driving licence for the first time without a fixed domicile.

      Make an appointment

      • Make an online appointment to renew your driving licence.
      • Go to a counter of the Department of Public Service in person to exchange your driving licence.
      • The counter clerk will forward your application to the RDW.
      • The RDW will review your application and send you a notification to the address you provide once the licence is ready to be collected.
      • Pick up your driving licence in person at The Hague district office where you applied for it. You must collect it within 3 months after applying for it. After that the document will be made invalid and the municipality is obliged to annul it. If you would still like a driving licence after these 3 months, you will have to file a new application and pay for it again.

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