Apply for Dutch license number for non-EU or non-EFTA country vehicle
If you have purchased a vehicle in a non-European Union (EU) or non-EFTA country and you want to drive it in the Netherlands, first you have to apply for a Dutch license number. The vehicle needs to be approved by RDW in order to be able to drive the Dutch roads.
As most of these vehicles were not manufactured according to Dutch or European type-approval, inspection cannot take place at the RDW inspection station. Special equipment, needed for the inspection, is only available at the RDW test centre in Lelystad. Therefore, inspection has to take place there. Costs are approximately €650 for a moped and approximately €1,050 for a passenger car or light company car, provided the vehicle is approved the first time around.
More information about importing/approval inspection of a vehicle that was manufactured on or after 01-01-1998, originating from a non-EU/non-EFTA country can be found on the Special individual approvals page.
Wat kunt u doen?
Inspection at RDW inspection station
You can have your vehicle inspected at the RDW inspection station in the following situations:
- The vehicle is imported as a ‘moving article’.
- The vehicle used to have a Dutch license number in the past. More about this can be found in the Apply for Dutch license number for EU or EFTA country vehicle article.
- The first day the vehicle hit the road is before 01-01-1998. You can also read more about this in the Apply for Dutch license number for EU or EFTA country vehicle article.
- The vehicle has a European type-approval. You can check this at the manufacturer or the importer of the vehicle brand.
In the above situations, please follow the steps mentioned in the articles that are referred to.