If you are a resident of the Netherlands, you will be able to use your valid foreign driving licence in The Netherlands for a certain period of time. The length of this period depends on the country in which your licence was issued. The use of a foreign driving licence in the Netherlands is subject to the following rules:
If your driving licence was issued by an EU member state or Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland before 19 January 2013, you will be able to use it to drive in the Netherlands for as long as it remains valid, up to 10 years after issuing. If your driving licence was issued over 9 years ago by the time you become a resident in the Netherlands, you may continue driving with it for up to 2 years. If your driving licence was issued after 19 January 2013, you may use it to drive in the Netherlands until it expires, up to a maximum of 15 years.
If your driving licence was issued by a country outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland, you will be able to use it for 185 days after becoming a resident in the Netherlands. In other words, you will have to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Dutch licence within 185 days of settling in the Netherlands.
Regardless of the country that issued your driving licence, you will have to exchange it for a Dutch driving licence following a transition period. This procedure is subject to a number of conditions:
If you would like to receive more information on how to apply for a Dutch driving licence, please consult the following guideline: Instructions on how to apply for the exchange of a driving licence for a new Dutch licence
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