Obligations relating to owning a vehicle
If you have a vehicle registered to your name in the Netherlands, you need to meet certain obligations for that vehicle. Here, you can read which vehicle obligations exist in the Netherlands.
- From the moment the vehicle is registered in your name, the vehicle must have third party insurance (according to the Dutch Motor Insurance Liability Act (Dutch WAM)). Exception: trailers up to and including 3,500 kg have insurance based on the towing vehicle.
- The vehicle needs to have approved periodic inspection (APK). This does not apply to motors, mopeds, and trailers/caravans up to and including 3,500 kg.
- You need to pay motor vehicle tax. This applies to passenger cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles.
- Your vehicle needs to carry correct registration plates.
You can get third party insurance at an insurance company. This has to be an insurance company that can make registrations in the RDW insurance register, however. Usually, this means it involves a Dutch insurance company.
Periodic vehicle inspection (APK)
Company cars, passenger cars, or trailers/caravans weighing over 3,500 kg that are liable to periodic vehicle inspection, need to have approved periodic inspection. Be aware when purchasing a used vehicle. As a registered owner, you are responsible for this from the day the license number is registered to your name.
Motor vehicle tax
If you have a license number registered to your name, you are also filing for motor vehicle tax. The tax authorities automatically send you a motor vehicle tax bill. This applies to passenger cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles. More information about motor vehicle tax can be found on the website of the tax authorities. More information about motor vehicle tax can be found on the website of the tax authorities
Fine after data check
RDW checks the insurance register and the vehicle inspection register. This way, RDW can find out directly whether a vehicle has insurance and approved vehicle inspection (if applicable).
If your vehicle does not have insurance, you get a fine from the Dutch Central Judicial Collection Agency (CJIB) in Leeuwarden. You also get a fine from CJIB if your vehicle is subject to periodic inspection and it does not have approved inspection.
The tax authorities check whether you need to pay motor vehicle tax for your vehicle via the license number register. If you do not do that, or fail to do so in time, you get a fine from the tax authorities.
Stop vehicle conditions
You can stop conditions applying to owning a vehicle for a certain period by suspending your vehicle, as it is called. Please contact RDW for more information.