About RDW

RDW is the Netherlands Vehicle Authority in the mobility chain. RDW has developed extensive expertise through its years of experience in executing its statutory and assigned tasks. Tasks in the area of the licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts, supervision and enforcement, registration, information provision and issuing documents. Tasks that RDW carries out in close cooperation with various partners in the mobility chain. This provides RDW with a clear position in this chain, with its mission being: RDW, partner in mobility.

You can read more about the strategy of the RDW in the magazine 'On the road, safely and reliably' (pdf, 6mb).

Statutory tasks

The Dutch government has assigned four important tasks to RDW:

  • Licensing:

The licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts on the Dutch and European market.

  • Supervision and control:

Supervising companies accredited by RDW and monitoring the technical condition of vehicles.

  • Registration and information provision:

Gathering, storing, updating and managing data concerning vehicles, their owners and vehicle documentation and providing information about this data to interested parties.

  • Issuing documents:

Issuing documents that are required for vehicles or owners, including vehicle registration certificates, driving licences and the PTI (Periodic [motor vehicle] Technical Inspection) forms.

Social context

RDW serves the public interest. As an implementing body resorting under the responsibility of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, RDW contributes to the realisation of policy objectives in the area of mobility, traffic safety and the environment. With the information from its records and its knowledge of vehicle technology, ICT and international regulations, RDW responds to a wide social need. This applies nationwide. In addition to cooperating with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, RDW cooperates intensively with partners in the tax, enforcement, safety and driving licence chain. This expansion is also occurring globally. European and global regulations and cooperation in the area of mobility and data exchange between sovereign states is increasing. The activities of RDW in this area support these developments.


The mission is the motor of RDW's strategy. Together with its statutory tasks, assigned tasks and the developments in society, the mission substantiates the RDW strategy. The Strategic Plan lays down the strategic objectives of the organisation. This plan is recently re-evaluated.

RDW: safe and reliable on the road

Self-driving and electric cars, changing legislation from Brussels, intelligent transport systems, big data... When the world changes, the RDW changes with it. Here you can read what to expect from us. The most important parts of our mission, vision and strategy are listed. By actively responding to the changes, we can have an impact on the development of mobility and contribute to sustainability and safety.
International special strategy RDW (pdf, 1mb)



RDW is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) that is funded by fees. It performs its tasks on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. To effectively bear ministerial responsibility for the organisation, the minister supervises how the RDW functions. The RDW Management has two members: Mr A. van Ravestein and Mr Z. Baelde. In addition, the Supervisory Board supervises the activities of the Management and provides advice.

RDW in international context

As the Dutch type-approval authority, RDW tests and inspects new vehicles and parts thereof. Its clients are manufacturers and importers from all over the world. RDW also makes knowledge available through consultation and support projects in other countries in the area of traffic safety. In addition, RDW closely cooperates with sister organisations in the area of European regulations.

International consultation

Dutch legislation is based on European directives. These are increasingly related to agreements that are made in the context of ECE and EU. RDW participates in various consultation structures in which the international regulations are prepared.