Exporting a vehicle

You want to export your car to a foreign country? Or is it already in a foreign country? Then you need to register it for export. Only then will the insurance, PTI (APK in Dutch) and road tax obligations end.
    • Ask which documents you will need in the country that you are importing the vehicle into. Please note: Do not deregister your vehicle in the Netherlands until you know what those documents are.
    • If you have lost your licence number certificate, apply for a new licence number certificate first. This is legally required to import the vehicle into another country. You can no longer apply for a new licence number certificate if the vehicle has already been deregistered.
    • You can usually export a vehicle with European approval fairly easily. The vehicle will need to be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity (CoC).
    • If the vehicle only has an Individual Approval Certificate (IAC), this is only valid in the country of issue. Another country may decide to accept it, but you will have to check with that country yourself. We have no information about this.
  • Do the following if your vehicle is still in the Netherlands:

    1. Go to one of our inspection stations, to our desk or to an approved export company (a company in your area which has been approved by us). You can find an approved export company using the RDW location guide (only available in Dutch). 
    2. Bring the following documents with you:
      • Your valid identity document.
      • The registration card with the registration code or the Registration certificate (Part 1B) and Transfer certificate.
        If you are the registered owner, you do not need the registration code or the Transfer certificate when you come to deregister the vehicle at an inspection station or desk.
      • Licence plates if they have been issued. If no registration plates have been issued, simply deregister your vehicle at an  inspection station or desk.
      • If the vehicle is in the name of a company, bring a signed extract from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (no more than 1 year old). If you are not the authorised signatory, also bring a copy of the authorised signatory's ID and an authorisation from the authorised signatory.
    3. Pay the fee.
    4. We or the export company will deregister your vehicle from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority vehicle registration database. From that point on, the vehicle will no longer be in the Netherlands Vehicle Authority vehicle registration database.
    5. You will receive the following from the staff member:
      • A certificate of indemnification (proof that the registration has been cancelled).
      • The registration card from which a corner has been cut off or the Registration certificate (Part 1B).
      • The paper licence number certificate part II for export (proof of export). You will need this together with the registration card or the registration certificate (Part 1B) for registration abroad.

    6.  If your vehicle is going to a country outside of the European Union or EFTA, you should also obtain an ‘export declaration’ from Customs.

  • Take your vehicle to a foreign country from the Netherlands within 14 days. If you drive on a public road in the Netherlands, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Your vehicle must be insured.
    • Your vehicle must have a valid periodic technical inspection (APK) report.
    • The existing licence number must be shown in black in irremovable numbers/letters on white plates (this is the exportregistration plate). You may make these plates yourself. They must be made in such a way that the registration plate remains legible even in bad weather.
      You can also have the registration plates made by an approved registration plate manufacturer. Bring the registration card or the licence number certificate part 1A with you. You can find an approved registration plate manufacturer using the RDW location guide (only available in Dutch). 

    In some cases, a portion of the motor vehicle tax may be returned to you. Please contact the Tax and Customs Administration about this.

    • If you are selling the vehicle to someone abroad, make sure the buyer exports the vehicle in his/her name. That way, his/her details will appear on the licence number certificate part II. This means that the buyer is responsible for the vehicle from that point on. If you arrange the export by yourself, you will remain responsible for the vehicle until it is registered abroad. Therefore, please come to us with the buyer (who must provide proof of identification).
    • Before you go abroad, it is wise to inquire whether you are allowed to drive on public roads there with export registration plates. The rules in foreign countries may be different than in the Netherlands.
  • Description Cost
    Exporting a vehicle through the RDW €10,95
  • If your vehicle is already in another country and you need a certificate of export (licence number certificate part II) there, deregister your vehicle at one of our testing stations, our desk (only available in Dutch) or a company which is approved by us. You cannot deregister your vehicle online. For more information, see ‘This is how it works’.
    To cancel the registration if your car is already in another country without requiring the licence number certificate part II:

    1. Go to the form by clicking the ‘Register Export’ button.
    2. Complete the form and attach a copy of the foreign licence number certificate. Click ‘Submit’.
    3. We will review your request within 5 working days. If your request is approved, you will receive a letter of confirmation. You can now cancel your insurance.

    If you are unable to submit the export registration online, please contact our customer service.

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