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Using Your Foreign Driving Licence in the Netherlands

On June 3, 2015 by Dutch Umbrella Company

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:

Using a foreign driving licence in The Netherlands issued by an EU member state

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.

Using a foreign driving licence in The Netherlands issued by a non-EU country

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.

Exchanging your foreign driving licence for a Dutch licence

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:

  • You are officially registered in the Netherlands
  • You are a Dutch citizen or hold a valid permanent resident visa
  • Your driving licence was issued in the EU (European Union), the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) or one of the following non-EU countries (see link);
  • Or you have the 30% ruling
  • You hold a valid driving licence

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

Questions?

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