Renew driving licence

Your driving licence shows the date it expires. If your licence has expired, you are not permitted to drive. Renew your driving licence online or at a municipal counter.

The validity of driving licences has temporarily changed due to the coronavirus situation. You can find more information on the website of the Dutch government.

People over the age of 75 years are permitted to continue to drive with an expired driving licence under certain conditions. Read more on the website of the CBR.

How does it work?

You can renew your driving licence online. Or you can make an appointment to renew your driving licence at the municipal counter at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. You will pay the fees when you apply. You will be able to collect your driving licence when it is ready. You do not need to make an appointment to collect it. You will need to turn in your old driving licence.

Conditions

  • You are registered in the Municipality of The Hague.
  • You have Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit. Or you are a citizen of 1 of the EU countries or EEA countries or Switzerland.
  • Your driving licence has not been confiscated by the police. Read more on the website of the Dutch government.

    Needed for the application

    • A passport photo: strict requirements apply to the passport photo. For example, the passport photo may not be more than 6 months old at the date of application and must be a true likeness. Read all of the requirements for photos on the website of the Dutch government.
    • valid form of identification and your old driving licence. Is your driving licence still valid and clearly readable? Then you may also use it as a valid form of identification.
    • Has your old driving licence been lost or stolen? Fill in a declaration of loss when you apply to renew your driving licence. You can read all about it under Apply for driving licence after loss or theft.
    • In certain situations you first need to request a Statement of Health from the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR). This is required if:

      • you are 75 years of age or older
      • you have a driving licence with a shorter validity period on medical grounds
      • you want to renew a driving licence in category C and/or D

    Apply

    You can renew your driving licence online or at a municipal counter.

    Online

    Read about how you can renew your driving licence online on www.rdw.nl (in Dutch). You can also watch the RDW instructional video on YouTube.

    You can only apply online using the DigiD app and an Android mobile telephone (version 6.0 or higher) or an iPhone (model 7 or higher and iOS version 13) with an NFC reader for contactless payments.

    The RDW will notify you when you can collect the driving licence. Pick up your driving licence yourself. You can do this without an appointment at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. You select the pick-up location when you apply. Take your old driving licence with you when you go to collect your new one. You will have to turn in the old one.

    At a municipal counter

    • Make an appointment to renew your driving licence.

    Make an appointment

    • Go to your appointment at the Department of Public Service counter at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. You will pay the fees when you apply.
    • Pick up your driving licence yourself. You can do this without an appointment at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. Your driving licence will be ready for you at the location where you submitted the application. Take your old driving licence with you. You will have to turn it in.

      Fees

        • application for a driving licence: € 41
        • application for a driving licence expedited procedure: € 41 + € 34.10 = € 75.10

        Fees in 2021.

        These fees must be paid upfront when you submit your application. You pay your online application with iDeal. You can pay in cash or use a bank card at City Hall Spui. You can only use a bank card at the Leyweg City Office. Unfortunately it is not possible to pay with a credit card.

        How long does it take?

        • Did you apply for the driving licence online? Then you usually can pick it up after 2 working days. The RDW will send you a notification.
        • Did you apply for the driving licence at the municipal counter? Then you can collect it after 5 working days. The pick-up receipt will state as of when you can collect the driving licence.
        • Do you need your driving licence quickly? Then you should use an expedited procedure. You will then wait a maximum of 2 working days (if you submit the application before 14.00 hrs.). This procedure is more expensive.

        Pick up the driving licence within 3 months after you apply for it. After that the document will no longer be valid and the municipality will have to destroy it.

        Good to know

        Validity

        The driving licence shows the date it expires.

        You are advised 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.

        The driving licence is valid for a maximum of 10 years. The validity depends on:

        • your age
        • the category of the driving licence
        • medical grounds for a driving licence with a shorter validity period
        Age Validity driving licence Medical examination
        18 to 65 maximum of 10 years no medical examination*
        65 to 70 until your 75th birthday no medical examination*
        70 to 75 maximum of 5 years no medical examination*
        75 and older maximum of 5 years medical examination required

        *A driving licence can be issued with a shorter validity period on medical grounds. And a medical examination can be required. More information can be found on rdw.nl.

        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 rather the Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW).

        Online pilot

        The municipality has been taking part in a RDW pilot since 2019. This is why you can now also apply for your driving licence online. Read more about it on the website of the RDW.

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