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.

You can pick up your document at a municipal counter when you show your collection receipt. Due to the coronavirus no more than 100 people will be allowed in the central hall of City Hall Spui and the Leyweg City office. Once this maximum has been reached, you will have to wait until there are fewer visitors. You will then be able to pick up your document.
As of 18 July 2019 you will also be able to renew your driving licence online. The municipality is participating in a trial project. Read more in Dutch under Rijbewijs digitaal vernieuwen.

Conditions

  • 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, www.cbr.nl):

  • 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 and/or D (possibly in combination with category E).

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

As of 1 December 2019 a temporary extension will take effect on driving licences for people aged 75 years and older. These people will be permitted to continue to drive with an expired driving licence under certain conditions. Also see the website of the CBR.

Are you not eligible for this measure and has your driving licence expired? Then you will be permitted to drive again once you have renewed your driving licence.

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

Apply

  • Make an online appointment to renew your driving licence.

Make an appointment

  • Go in person to the appointment at the Department of Public Service counter at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.
  • You collect your driving licence in person at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.

    Driving licence fees

      • application for a driving licence: € 40.65
      • application for a driving licence (expedited): € 40.65 + € 34.10 = € 74.75

      Fees 2020.

      These fees must be paid upfront when you submit your application. You can pay in cash or use a bank card at City Hall Spui and the Leyweg City Office.

      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. You will then wait a maximum of 2 working days (if you submit the application 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 required on medical grounds. More information can be found on rdw.nl.

      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 City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. You can read all about it under Apply for driving licence after loss or theft.

          Renew driving licence online

          You can also arrange your new driving licence online. The municipality is taking part in the Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW) pilot ‘Digitaal aanvragen rijbewijs’, which started in July 2019.  You can apply using your smartphone. The RDW will notify you when your driving licence is ready to be collected. You do not need an appointment to do this and it will be ready after 2 working days (instead of 5 working days). Take your current driving licence with you.

          You can renew your driving licence online if you meet the conditions for renewing your driving licence (see Conditions).

          Additional conditions for arranging your driving licence online are:

          • You have passport photos taken by a photographer or at a photo booth approved by the RDW.
          • You have an Android mobile telephone (version 6.0 or higher) or an iPhone (model 7 or higher and iOS version 13) with an NFC reader.
          • You have the DigiD app.

          More information

          Read more about how you can apply for your driving licence online on www.rdw.nl (in Dutch). You can also look at the RDW instructional video on YouTube.

          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 rather the Dutch Road Transport Directorate (RDW).

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