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. There is currently 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.
Are you British or do you have employees from the UK? You can find out on deze link opent in een nieuw vensterthe website of IND what you or your employees can do now to prepare for Brexit.

Brexit and your driving licence

If no agreement has been reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom by the intended Brexit date, 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 Brexit date

Were you registered with a Dutch municipality (in the Key Register of Persons (BRP)) with a home address before the Brexit date? Then after the Brexit date 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 of June 1985), you can also exchange your UK driving licence for a new Dutch driving licence after the Brexit date.

Driving on the public roads

After the Brexit date, 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 Brexit date

Do you plan to register with a home address at a Dutch municipality (in the Key Register of Persons (BRP)) after the Brexit date? 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 Brexit. After the Brexit date, 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 

After the Brexit date 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

Importing vehicles

Initial registration of vehicles from the United Kingdom

After Brexit, new and unused vehicles with a Certificate of Compliance from the United Kingdom (e11) can only be registered on that Certificate of Compliance if the vehicle was brought on the market before the Brexit date and the manufacturer had submitted an application for the conversion of the e11 type-approval before the Brexit date. The importers that use the Accelerated Registration have already been contacted about this.

If registration of the vehicle cannot be accelerated, the RDW will treat the vehicle as an import from a country outside the EU or EFTA countries. The vehicle must then be inspected individually at an RDW inspection location.

Importing a used vehicle from the United Kingdom

After the Brexit date, vehicles that were previously registered in the United Kingdom may no longer be registered in the Netherlands on the basis of a EU registration certificate or a registration certificate from the United Kingdom. The RDW will treat the vehicle as an import from a country outside the EU or EFTA countries. The vehicle must then be inspected individually at an RDW inspection location.

Please note that the costs may be unexpectedly higher due to the more extensive inspection. The inspection locations will do everything they can to help you. If an extensive technical inspection is necessary, the time planned for the inspection may be insufficient and it may not be possible to perform the (full) inspection. RDW will then ask you to return at another time to complete the inspection.  

Inspection without an appointment and Accelerated

Individual Application In that case, an Inspection Without Appointment (KZA) and an Accelerated Individual Application (VIA) at the inspection location will no longer be possible for vehicles with a Registration certificate issued in the United Kingdom.  

Data on the Registration certificate

After the Brexit date, all European type-approvals that start with ‘e11’ will become invalid. These are type-approvals that were issued by the United Kingdom. If a vehicle has a Registration certificate from a country that is still an EU member after Brexit, we will transfer the data from the foreign Registration certificate. This can affect the vehicle data displayed on your Registration certificate.

Adoption of PTI report after import

After Brexit, the PTI report will no longer be adopted, because the United Kingdom will no longer be an EU or EFTA country.