Frequently asked questions about the consequences of the coronavirus
We are less accessible due to the coronavirus. If you would like to contact us, please do this via e-mail if possible.
As from 18 May, all testing stations will be open from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., with the exception of the Heerenveen testing station, which will be open as from 22 May. You can visit a testing station by appointment only.
The reception desks are open from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm. You can only pay by PIN, and precautionary hygiene measures will be taken.
You can make an appointment online via our Inspection Appointment service. The types of inspections for which you can make an appointment are indicated here. I have an appointment at a testing station, but I am unable to make the appointment due to the coronavirus measures.
Yes, there are. For your and our safety the RIVM guidelines are decisive at all RDW testing stations. In addition, please comply with the following:
- Visit the testing station by appointment only.
- Come to the testing station alone.
- For your and our safety, comply with the applicable regulations and follow the instructions of RDW employees.
I have an appointment at a testing station, but I’m unable to make the appointment due to the coronavirus measures. Do I still need to pay the appointment costs?You can cancel an appointment for a key inspection up to 24 hours in advance. If you do not cancel your appointment in time, the costs will be charged to you. If you cancel your appointment due to the coronavirus measures, we will take these circumstances into account.
Only key home services are continuing. The key home services are:
- periodical testing of minibuses and ADR vehicles
- initial testing of commercial vehicles (light and heavy), trailers and semi-trailers (light and heavy)
- testing for transport of live animals, LHV and taxis
- testing for slow vehicles like farm vehicles.
Additional measures will be taken during the home inspections, such as retaining a distance from each other.
PTI (Periodic Technical Inspections)
If you wish to continue to drive your vehicle, you must have the PTI carried out on your vehicle. PTIs are still carried out by accredited garage businesses. More PTIs were actually carried out in recent weeks than in the same period last year.
Please contact your garage to discuss whether there are options to have a PTI carried out on your vehicle at the garage. Garage businesses have taken all measures necessary to carry out inspections safely; for instance, your vehicle can often be collected.
If the PTI on your vehicle has expired, you may no longer drive. This is to safeguard vehicle safety. You may only use the vehicle on public roads to drive to the testing station to have the PTI carried out. Your vehicle may, however, be kept on the public road without PTI for 2 months.
You would usually receive a fine after 2 months if the PTI expiry date of the vehicle is exceeded. This will not happen for the time being.
No, unfortunately not. PTI inspections are performed by your (regular) garage. You can make an appointment at a testing station, except for the PTI of buses and of vehicles intended for carrying hazardous substances.
I won’t be able to have my vehicle PTI done in time. Can I continue driving after the expiry date, or is that a violation?
If the PTI on your vehicle has expired, you may no longer drive. This is to safeguard vehicle safety. You may only use the vehicle on public roads to drive to the testing station to have the PTI carried out.
Please contact your garage to discuss whether there are options to have a PTI carried out on your vehicle at the garage. Garage businesses have taken all measures necessary to carry out inspections safely.
Your vehicle may, however, be kept on the public road without PTI for 2 months after the expiry date.
The owner would usually receive a fine after 2 months if the vehicle’s PTI expiry date is exceeded. This will not happen for the time being.
Garages are following RIVM guidelines and have taken various measures to ensure that they can continue carrying out inspections. This includes collecting and delivering vehicles. Please contact your local garage business to find out the options. If you are unable to come to an arrangement with them, please contact us.
You would usually receive a fine after 2 months if the PTI expiry date of the vehicle is exceeded. This will not happen for the time being. You may not drive a vehicle if its PTI date has expired.
You may only drive it to a garage for its PTI.
My PTI/Tacho/Gas accreditation has expired, and the certification process has been postponed. What should I do?
If your accreditation expires during the coronavirus period, IBKI can extend your certification temporarily.
Send an e-mail regarding this to: [email protected].
- your name
- the expiry date of your Accreditation Card
- the number of your Accreditation Card
Please note: If your accreditation has expired, you will not be able to register a vehicle in the RDW register.
More information about this is available at www.ibki.nl
The examinations and renewal of PTI/Tachograph/Gas accreditations have been postponed. What should I do?The examinations and renewal of PTI/Tachograph/Gas accreditations at IBKI have been postponed due to the coronavirus. If this has consequences for your exams or accreditation renewal, please contact IBKI.
The administrative export service has been suspended with immediate effect. This means that you cannot use this service at the testing stations until further notice. You can, however, contact RDW-accredited companies and the RDW desks in Zoetermeer and Veendam. These are open.
You can still have a registration certificate transferred at a vehicle registration desk if you have a valid Dutch ID card. If you have a foreign national ID card, you should contact one of the open testing stations. These testing stations are open from 8.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. You can only pay by PIN, and precautionary hygiene measures will be in place.
Driving licenses that expire in the period from 16 March 2020 will remain valid until 1 June 2020, as decided by the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management. People can continue to drive with an expired driving licence until 1 June. They will continue to be insured and will not receive a fine if they are stopped.
However, there are a number of conditions:
- The measure applies to people who have a driving licence with a 5 to 10-year validity. People with a shorter driving licence validity period, such as 1 or 3 years, cannot use this measure.
- This temporary measure only applies to driving within the Netherlands.
- European Union residents living in the Netherlands also fall under the conditions.
What if you do not fall under these conditions and you are unable to extend your driving licence in time?
You can still extend an expired driving licence. However, you may not drive in a vehicle on the public road until the driving licence has been extended. The ‘valid until date’ is stated per category on the reverse of your driving licence. If the validity has expired in one of the categories, the driving licence is invalid for driving a vehicle from this expired category. You can still drive vehicles in the valid categories. Please contact the municipality if you have questions relating to extending your driving licence.
I come from a country outside the EU. The 185-day period during which I am permitted to drive in the Netherlands using my non-Dutch driving licence has ended, or will shortly do so. What should I do?
In the light of the measures taken in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management has ruled that you may continue to drive using your non-Dutch driving licence until the first of October, provided the 185-day period ended between the first of February and the first of September. This is subject to the condition that you have a valid driving licence issued by your country of origin, and that the 185-day period ended between the first of February and the first of September.
Use the following link to find more information about exchanging your driving licence.