No-deal Brexit

At the moment it is not exactly clear what Brexit will look like. The information on this page is based on a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, which will happen if the United Kingdom exits the EU without a withdrawal agreement. At the moment, there is a provisional withdrawal agreement that stipulates the rights of British citizens and citizens of the EU in case of Brexit. However, this agreement has not yet been approved by the British Parliament. The information on this page can therefore change or be added to in the future.

For more information about Brexit, Brexit-related developments and the provisional withdrawal agreement, go to deze link opent in een nieuw vensterwww.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/brexit.

Brexit and your driving licence

If no agreement has been reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom by the 30th of March 2019, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the EU/EFTA countries. What does this mean for you?

Do you have a UK driving licence and do you live in the Netherlands?


Registered before the 30th of March 2019

Did you register with a Dutch municipality (in the Key Register of Persons (BRP)) with a home address before the 30th of March 2019? Then from the 30th of March 2019 you still have 15 months to exchange your UK driving licence. During those 15 months, you will be able to exchange your driving licence under the same conditions as before Brexit. You can apply via the municipality  in which you are registered, to exchange your driving licence. The RDW will process your application. For more information, see ‘Exchanging a foreign driving licence for a Dutch driving licence'.

Did you have a Dutch driving licence?

If you had a Dutch driving licence (that was still valid after the 30th June 1985), from the 30th of March 2019 you can also exchange your UK driving licence for a new Dutch driving licence.

Driving on the public roads

From the 30th of March 2019, you can still drive in the Netherlands for 15 months with your valid UK driving licence. For more information, see Driving with a foreign driving licence’. Are you a professional driver? If so, different rules apply. For more information, read the ‘You are a professional driver’ section below.

Registering after the 30th of March 2019

Do you plan to register with a home address at a Dutch municipality (in the Key Register of Persons (BRP)) from the 30th of March 2019? Then you can only exchange your UK driving licence if you have come to the Netherlands to work and are subject to the ‘Evidence Rule Decision’  the 30% tax ruling. You can apply via the municipality in which you are registered, to exchange your driving licence. The RDW will process your application.  For more information, see ‘Driving licence from (non-EU/EFTA countries) suitable for exchange’.

Are you not subject to the ‘Evidence Rule Decision’ the 30% tax ruling? Then it is not possible to exchange your driving licence. To obtain a Dutch driving licence, you must take the necessary theoretical and practical tests at the CBR. For more information, see deze link opent in een nieuw vensterwww.cbr.nl.

Driving on the public roads

After you have registered in the Netherlands, you can drive in the Netherlands for 185 days with your valid UK driving licence. For more information, see ‘Driving with a foreign driving licence’.

You are a professional driver

Are you a professional driver and do you have a driver qualification card (code 95)? Then we advise you to exchange your driving licence and the qualification card for a Dutch driving licence before the 30th of March 2019. From the 30th of March 2019, it will no longer be possible to combine your qualification card (code 95) with a Dutch driving licence. This means that you will have to apply for a new certificate of competence in the Netherlands.

Gibraltar driving licence

Do you have a Gibraltar driving licence? Then the same rules apply as for a UK driving licence.

Type approvals

UK type approvals after Brexit
From the 30th March 2019 e11-type approvals will lose their validity due to the UK leaving the European Union (EU). Manufacturers using e11-type approvals for their systems, components or whole vehicles have to transfer their type approvals to another Type Approval Authority (TAA) in the EU. The TAA of that EU27 Member State will issue a new type approval certificate. Please notice that a separate e11-type approval within a non-e11 Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) also loses its validity due to the Brexit and thereby the entire WVTA becomes invalid. It should be noted that UNECE type approvals (recognisable by the E11-mark) are not affected. Another responsibility of the manufacturer is to appoint a representative within the EU when this is not the case yet.   If you want to transfer your type approvals to RDW, please contact deze link opent in een nieuw vensterVCA by email. VCA is coordinating the conversion of e11-type approvals in the UK for the different TAAs. More information can be found on deze link opent in een nieuw vensterVCA’s website