Moving to the Netherlands and taking your vehicle with you

Are you moving to the Netherlands and taking your vehicle with you? Ask the Tax and Customs Administration how long you can drive with a foreign registration number in the Netherlands. Then you apply for a Dutch registration number to us.
  • Moving from an EU or EFTA country

    Are you moving to the Netherlands from an EU or EFTA country? Go to ‘Importing from an EU/EFTA country' to see how you can apply for a Dutch registration number. Follow the steps.

    Moving from a country outside the EU or EFTA

    Are you moving to the Netherlands from a country outside the EU or EFTA? Then the following applies:

    • Your vehicle must comply with the permanent requirements. These are the requirements regarding road safety, sound, lighting, environment and windows. You find the permanent requirements in chapter 5 of the Vehicle Regulations.
    • You are at least 18 years old (16 years for a moped) and you are registered in the Netherlands (in the BRP/Personal records database).
    • You go to RDW inspection station yourself. The application cannot be filed by somebody else.
    • You have an import document issued by the Tax and Customs Administration stating that your vehicle is "verhuisgoed" ("item involved in a transfer of residency"). This document must not be older than 12 months (from the date of issue of the document). For more details, please contact the Tax and Customs Administration.
     
  • How to import a vehicle from a country that is not part of the EU/EFTA

    1. Make an appointment at an RDW inspection station by clicking the 'Make an inspection appointment' button (only available in Dutch). You log in with DigiD or eHerkenning. Apply at the same time for a one-day registration certificate if you are no longer allowed to drive with the foreign registration number. You can find more information under 'One-day registration certificate'.
    2. Bring the following with you:
      • the complete original foreign registration certificate (you will not get this back, make a copy for your vehicle tax return (BPM))
      • your valid identity document
      • import document of the Tax and Customs Administration with the note "good involved in a transfer of residence"
    3. We assess whether your vehicle complies with the requirements.
    4. You file a for motor vehicle tax (BPM) return. How and where you can do this, is explained on the website of the Tax and Customs Administration. You cannot file a tax return online for items involved in a transfer of residence.
    5. After approval by us and the Tax and Customs Administration, we will send you a new registration card within 5 working days. One working day later we will send you a letter with a complete registration code. Keep the registration code safe. You will also receive a technical inspection report (APK).
    6. Insure your vehicle for Civil Liability (WA). You will automatically receive an invoice for motor vehicle tax from the Tax and Customs Administration. For more information, see 'Vehicle obligations'.
    7. Have registration number plates made by a registered number plate supplier. Take the vehicle registration card with you. You can find a registered number plate supplier with the RDW location finder (only available in Dutch). 
  • Approval assessment for 10-14 aspects of a light vehicle €85,50
    Identification of a light vehicle €51,00
    Registration certificate €40,80
    Registration in a person's name via the RDW €10,75
    Recycling fee €25,00
  • If you have a car, commercial car or camper registered to your (company) name, you must meet a number of obligations.

    1. Insurance
    2. APK (Periodic Technical Inspection)
    3. Motor vehicle tax
    4. Correct registration number plates

    Insurance

    A car, commercial car or camper must be insured from the moment it is registered in your name (in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Act (WAM)).

    You can take out liability insurance with an insurance company. This must be an insurance company authorised to make entries in the RDW's insurance register. This usually means that it has to be a Dutch company.

    When you take out the insurance, the insurance company asks you for the reporting code. This reporting code consists of the last 4 digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN). You can find the reporting code on the vehicle log book that you received when you bought the vehicle and on the registration card.

    APK (Periodic Technical Inspection)

    A car, commercial car or camper must be APK inspected (APK meaning Periodic Technical Inspection).

    Motor vehicle tax (MRB)

    You have to pay motor vehicle tax (MRB). When you register a vehicle registration certificate in your name, you automatically file a motor vehicle tax return at the same time. The Tax and Customs Administration will send you automatically an invoice for motor vehicle tax.

    For more information on motor vehicle tax, go to the site of the Tax and Customs Administration.

    Do you have a classic vehicle? You may be eligible for the tax arrangement for classic vehicles. Under this arrangement of the Tax and Customs Administration, you do not pay vehicle tax for your classic vehicle. However, you do have to comply with the insurance obligation and the APK obligation. 

    For more information about the classic vehicle arrangement, ("oldtimerregeling") go to the site of the Tax and Customs Administration.

    Registration number plates

    You must have the correct registration number plates on your (camping/commercial) car.

    Suspend vehicle obligations

    You can suspend the obligations that come with owning a (camping/commercial) car by taking the vehicle "off the road". This is called suspension.

    Fines after routine checks of registered particulars

    We check the insurance register and the inspection register daily. This way we can immediately see whether a vehicle is insured and APK-approved. Each vehicle is checked in both registers at least once a year (100 percent check). We perform these checks on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Security.
     
    If your car is not insured, you will be fined by the Central Judicial Collection Agency (CJIB) in Leeuwarden. If your car is not APK approved, you will also be fined by the CJIB. The Tax and Customs Administration checks via the vehicle register whether you have to pay motor vehicle tax (MRB) for your vehicle. If you do not pay (on time), you will be fined by the Tax and Customs Administration.

    Amount of the fine

    You can find the amount of the fine here (only available in Dutch). 

  • If you have a vehicle without a Dutch registration number inspected by us, you can transport it by car ambulance to the inspection station. Would you rather drive the vehicle to us yourself? Then you need a one-day registration certificate. You can apply for this registration certificate (free of charge) using DigiD or eHerkenning.

    Conditions for a one-day registration plate

    • You can only apply for a one-day registration plate if you make an inspection appointment at the same time.
    • Only valid on the day of inspection.
    • Only valid in the Netherlands.             

    It works like this

    1. You made an inspection appointment. 
    2. You log in with your DigiD or eHerkenning by clicking the button 'Apply for a one-day registration certificate'. (only available in Dutch)
    3. After you entered the requested information, you will receive a confirmation of the application by e-mail. This e-mail has a link to your one-day registration certificate and provides additional information.
    4. The registration number must be put on registration number plates on your vehicle. You are allowed to make these white registration number plates yourself (from cardboard, for example). You put the registration number on these plates with a black marker that cannot be erased. The registration number plates must be legible in bad weather.
    5. On the day of the inspection, you are allowed to drive with the one-day registration number from the Dutch address where the vehicle is located to the inspection station and back.
    6. Your vehicle must be insured in the Netherlands on the day of the inspection and must be safe to drive.
    7. You must have a printout of the one-day registration certificate with you when you drive on a public road.
    8. You can use the RDW vehicle app as an extra. Go to ‘Eendagskentekenbewijs (One-day registration certificate) on the  RDW vehicle app’ how this works (only available in Dutch).                       

    Not online

    Are you unable to apply for the one-day registration certificate online? You can also apply for it by contacting our Customer service.

  • Private individual

    As a private individual, you must use one of the following valid documents to provide proof of your identity:

    • Dutch driving licence showing your date of birth
    • Dutch passport showing your citizen service number (BSN)
    • Dutch identity card showing your citizen service number (BSN)
    • Identity card or driving licence issued by an EU or EFTA country showing your date of birth
    • Diplomatic passport
    • Dutch travel document for foreign nationals
    • Dutch travel document for refugees
    • Service passport
    • Foreign passport

    Please note: you cannot use a residence permit or residence document to have a vehicle registered in your name.

    No Dutch citizen service number (BSN) on your identity document?

    If your Dutch citizen service number (BSN) is not shown on your identity document, you should also bring an extract from the municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). The extract can be obtained from your municipality and must be no more than 3 months old. Do request an extract that shows your citizen service number (BSN), as municipalities do not issue these automatically.
    If you have a diplomatic passport,  you may also submit a declaration from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (no more than 3 months old) showing your citizen service number (BSN).

    Company

    As the authorised signatory of a company, you must use one of following valid documents to prove your identity:

    • Dutch driving licence or Dutch passport showing your citizen service number (BSN)
    • Dutch identity card of the authorised signatory showing your citizen service number (BSN)
    • Identity card or driving licence issued by an EU or EFTA country showing your date of birth
    • Diplomatic passport
    • Dutch travel document for foreign nationals
    • Dutch travel document for refugees
    • Service passport Foreign passport

    Please note: you cannot use a residence permit or residence document to have a vehicle registered in your name.

    Extract from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce

    In addition to your proof of identity, you must also provide an extract from the  Netherlands Chamber of Commerce register (or a copy). The extract may not be older than 1 year and is not allowed to be obtained from the internet. The extract must show the name of the authorised signatory.

    Sole tradership, partnership or shipping company

    If your company is a sole proprietership, partnership or shipping company, you cannot have the vehicle registered in the name of the company itself.  You can only have it registered in your own name. In this case, you should identify yourself as a private individual.

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