Renew driving licence

A Dutch driving licence is valid for a maximum of 10 years. The date the driving licence expires is stated on this document. This can differ depending on the category. It is best to renew your licence before the expiry date. If you do not do this, your driving licence will expire and you will not be permitted to drive.

Driving licences issued as of 26 May 2018 have a new chip. In the future you will be able to use this chip to log into DigiD. The Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) will announce the date when the chip will become active.
Would you like a new driving licence without this chip? You need to submit a written request at the RDW 5 days before you renew your driving licence. Look for more information on the website of the RDW.


  • You are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the Municipality of The Hague.

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 are to be issued a driving licence with a shorter validity period on medical grounds.
  • You want to renew a driving licence in category C and/or D (possibly in combination with category E).

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

Citizenship requirements

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

  • You are a citizen of 1 of the EU or EEA member countries or of Switzerland.
  • You have a valid residence permit.

Needed for the application

  • a passport photo

Strict rules apply to passport photos. Read the rules on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.
  • valid form of identification and your old driving licence.

    Is your old driving licence still valid as well as clearly readable? Then you may use it as an ID as well.


  • Make an online appointment to renew your driving licence.

Make an appointment

  • Go to the appointment at the counter of the Department of Public Service in person.
  • You can collect your driving licence in person at the city district office where you applied for it.
You may not drive with an expired driving licence. If your licence has expired, you may only drive again once you have renewed your driving licence.

    Driving licence fees

      • Application for a driving licence: € 39.75
      • Application for a driving licence (expedited): € 39.75 + € 34.10 rush fee = € 73.85

      These are the rates for 2019.

      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?

      • 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, 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.

      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:

      Age Validity driving licence Medical examination
      18 to 65 maximum of 10 years no medical examination needed on the basis of your age*
      65 to 70 until your 75th birthday no medical examination needed on the basis of your age*
      70 to 75 maximum of 5 years no medical examination needed on the basis of your age*
      75 and older maximum of 5 years medical examination needed

      * A driving licence can be issued for a shorter period of time and a medical exam can be asked on medical grounds. More information can be found on

      Your old driving licence

      • You must turn in your old driving licence when collecting your new one.
      • Has your old driving licence been lost or stolen? You will need to fill in a declaration of loss when applying for a new or replacement driving licence at the district office. You can read all about it under Apply for driving licence after loss or theft.

          Do you live outside of the Netherlands?

          Do you live outside of the Netherlands and would you like to renew your Dutch driving licence? Then you should not contact the municipality but the Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW).

          Also see

          Exchange a foreign driving licence