Legal certainty

The public and industry must be able to rely on a public sector that guarantees their rights and duties. This includes the independent and correct registration of data. RDW registers and manages the vehicle and driving licence data, safeguards its availability and quality and reports on the use of this data. The public and industry have the right to inspect and correct the registered data about themselves, their vehicle and their vehicle documents. The data is important for traffic enforcement and the fight against vehicle fraud, among others.

New task of unmanned aircraft

RDW is working on the operator registration and issue of pilot licences for drones.    

The European Regulation for unmanned aircraft, including drones, was supposed to come into effect in the Netherlands on July 1st 2020. Due to coronavirus, its introduction was postponed to December 31st 2020. Part of this Regulation is that Member States register operators of unmanned aircraft. RDW was requested to perform an implementation test for the drone operator register (operator registration) and the administration and issue of drone pilot licences for the open category. We were also requested to organise the national and international data provision of the certified drones. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, which also manages the aircraft register, remains the holder of the register of this part. At the request of the Ministry, RDW started implementing the services for the purpose of registration.

Risk-based process of registering imported vehicles

This will allow RDW to devote more time and attention to suspicious vehicles.     

RDW is exploring whether and how certified manufacturers can register imported vehicles with a low risk without always having to visit an RDW inspection station. This will create more scope for RDW to focus on suspicious vehicles. The aim is to achieve a more efficient process whilst maintaining quality. This process also reduces the differences between the transfer of a Dutch vehicle and a vehicle from another EU Member State. When setting up the new import process, we will also use the experience acquired based on the temporary import procedure resulting from coronavirus.

Check the valuation of imported used cars

RDW will check the value indicated in the Private Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Tax (BPM) return.     

The Ministry of Finance has established that an unduly low assessed value is sometimes provided with respect to imported used cars. This means that not enough tax (BPM) is paid. The Tax Authorities and the Ministry of Finance are therefore conducting a survey together with RDW and in consultation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The objective is to investigate whether RDW can play a role in validating the valuation for the BPM return. The aim is to achieve a level playing field in which the correct amount in BPM is always paid.  

Implementation test

We are investigating whether the moment of determining the identity of the vehicle in the registration process can be used for the purpose of a physical check of the value stated in the BPM return. One variant of this is that RDW conducts its own validation of the BPM report. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has asked us to carry out an implementation test. The implementation test should indicate when implementation can start. Ahead of this implementation, the 2021 Tax Plan includes a legislative proposal for shifting the taxable event in the BPM to the moment of registration.  

Improving monitoring of approvals of authorisations of recognitions

RDW is setting up a future-oriented approval system and collaborating with other authorities and regulatory authorities on dealing with malafide companies.    

In the coming years, RDW will continue working to improve monitoring of approvals of authorisations of recognitions. The effectiveness of monitoring is key here. Our processes and systems are designed to ensure that the probability of errors is minimal. If the rules are breached, we choose an intervention that is appropriate to the situation.   Increasing attention is being devoted to tackling malafide companies and undermining. For this purpose, RDW seeks collaboration with other authorities and regulatory authorities. In 2021, it aims to connect with national and regional partnerships which are tackling that undermining. These partnerships make it possible to share more information and develop a government-wide approach for specific regions. 

Implementing new approvals system

We are also working on implementing the new approvals system. This is being done in close consultation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and industry organisations. The new approvals system is in line with developments in the market and improves the effectiveness of monitoring. One example is that RDW will have the option of withdrawing all approvals in one go in the case of serious breaches such as fraud or threats. 

Electronic identity stated on the driving licence

Once the Digital Government Act comes into force, people will be able to use their driving licence to log in to digital government services with a high level of security.      

The government considers that the public and industry must be able to do transactions with the government digitally. To establish, register and check the identity of citizens, laws, systems, documents and processes have been developed. On behalf of the Ministry of the Interior and in partnership with Logius and the National Office for Identity Data (RvIG), RDW has made the driving licence suitable for logging in to government services with the highest level of security. From June 2018, all driving licences have therefore been provided with a digital identity, an eID, when they are issued. As such, the driving licence is ready for the Digital Government Act that will probably be introduced in 2021. The public will then be able to use digital government services with the highest level of security using their driving licence.

Qualification card code 95 for professional drivers

RDW is carrying out the implementation test for production of the card in the Netherlands.     

Code 95 is a basic qualification for professional drivers who drive a lorry and/or bus. In 2018, the European Union determined that Member States must issue a qualification card for drivers with ‘code 95’. This card is only necessary if the qualification cannot be stated on the driving licence itself. RDW investigated whether it could produce the qualification card. It has since been allocated the task and implementation is scheduled for 1 January 2021.

Data from vehicles

RDW is closely involved in establishing (inter)national rules and standardisation.     

Developments relating to autonomous and self-driving vehicles have consequences for the role and tasks of RDW. Data in, from and about the vehicle is an important subject. In recent years, we have acquired a great deal of knowledge about data, based on our own research and through practical tests. For example, RDW is conducting a pilot in which the data about the identity of the vehicle is compared to information available from the physical vehicle.

European data strategy

Work on legislation and standardisation is carried out at a global, European and national level. RDW takes part in the negotiations or is involved in other ways. In addition, RDW is closely monitoring the European data strategy. The European Union is working on an internal market for data, in which:

  • data can circulate among the various EU countries and the sectors, which will benefit everyone 
  • the European rules are observed in full, especially with respect to privacy, data protection and competition, and 
  • fair, practical and clear rules for access to and the use of data apply.

Approach to fraud with vehicle odometer readings

RDW is working on reliable odometer data together with chain partners.     

Along with Vereniging Aanpak Tellerfraude (VAT) and the chain partners, we are continuously working on reliable odometer data for consumers in the Netherlands. We want to prevent odometer fraud and tackle unfair competition between car businesses. RDW is preparing an amendment to the Vehicles Decree together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to further improve the approach to fraud with odometer readings. There will be a ban on trading and driving with devices that can manipulate a motor vehicle’s odometer. The registration of odometer readings will also be expanded in three ways. In addition, registration will become mandatory for motorcycles that drive faster than 45 km/hour, in the case of maintenance and repairs totalling less than 150 euros and in the case of a tyre change. The obligation to register in the case disassembly lapses.  July 1st  2021 is planned as the start date. It is currently being investigated whether it might be possible to start a pilot sooner.

Exchange of odometer readings

In order to counter cross-border fraud involving odometer readings, we are trying to expand the exchange of odometer readings with other Member States. Furthermore, correct information regarding odometer readings must be placed on used car websites. Finally, a survey is being carried out with respect to the use of odometer readings made available by manufacturers.

Blocking registration of attached vehicles

RDW will adjust the vehicle registration system so that a vehicle cannot change owners if it has been attached by a bailiff.     

The law governing attachments and executions has been amended to improve civil procedural law. One of the principles is that attachment and execution must take place as effectively and as efficiently as possible. A bailiff may levy an attachment against the vehicle by drawing up an official report. This means that they no longer need to see the vehicle. This saves time and costs.

Adjusted the register 

It will be possible to enter the official report in the vehicle registration system as from the spring of 2021. RDW has adjusted the register accordingly. It is therefore no longer possible to register the vehicle in the name of a third party without the consent of the bailiff. The bailiff will receive the document number and registration code if they wish to sell the vehicle.

Digital service provision

RDW is continuously working to improve the services provided to the public and the industry.     

RDW actively contributes to achieving the digital ambitions of the coalition agreement. One of the ways it does this is based on the role of publisher of the eID on the driving licence, enabling access to digital services at a high level of reliability. As holder of the vehicle registration system, RDW is also actively involved in the system of basic registrations. This includes working on the improvement of the quality and use of data within the government.

Development 'Blue Button’

RDW wants to provide the public and industry with insight into the data from the registers (such as the registration number, driving licence and parking) and who uses this data. RDW also wants to give the public the opportunity to take control of their own data, for example by making these data available to parties other than the government if desired. This development is known as ‘Blue Button’. This button can be found at

Supply of data to several large purchasers

RDW is currently working on improving the supply of data to several large purchasers. In this process, a new modern way of providing information is being developed between RDW and the purchasers, for example in the area of current events and technology. It is also less complex, making it possible to implement future changes more quickly. The new system is being developed in close collaboration with the purchasers.

Temporary toll levy

After an earlier delay, the project was relaunched in mid 2020.      

RDW plays a role in the temporary toll levy on two planned routes. With construction postponed for eighteen months, it was decided to delay the start of the implementation of this toll levy too. The project was relaunched in mid 2020. It is expected that the project will enter the implementation phase in 2021.

Other developments

Coronavirus has also had an impact on RDW’s services

For example, people may continue driving with an expired driving licence for longer.     

Coronavirus has also had an impact on RDW’s services. Due to the coronavirus measures, RDW temporarily adjusted its services with respect to several subjects. For example, a digital emergency procedure was set up for the import of vehicles. The European Emergency Regulation (EU) 2020/698 was published on 25 May 2020, containing specific and temporary measures in the area of transport. For RDW, this Regulation is particularly relevant for driving licences. Due to the coronavirus measures, it is not always possible to renew driving licences in time. The European Commission therefore decided that expired EU driving licences temporarily have a longer validity.  

New partnership agreement being prepared as a result of Brexit

RDW has elaborated scenarios for the possible consequences.     

Brexit was postponed several times, but the United Kingdom eventually left the European Union on January 31st 2020. There is now a transitional phase. During this period, the EU and the UK are negotiating a new trade agreement and all EU regulations and legislation will remain in force for the UK. More clarity concerning the new relationship between the EU and the UK will not be provided until after the negotiations have been completed. The new arrangements should come into effect after the transitional phase, which ends on December 31st 2020. RDW has elaborated several scenarios. This concerns measures for the possible consequences for RDW’s areas of responsibility.