Can I exchange a foreign driving licence

In certain cases you can exchange the driving licence that you received outside the Netherlands for a Dutch driving licence. This is only possible if you are registered as a resident of the Netherlands and have a valid residence permit.

Residence permit

Everyone who lives in the Netherlands or settles in the Netherlands, has a residence permit. A residence permit says if you have the Dutch nationality or what your residence status is. You can show this with a valid identification- or residence document. For more information about your residence status please contact the municipality where you are registered.

When is exchanging possible?

A driving licence issued in one of the countries of the EU or EFTA can be exchanged for a Dutch driving licence. Driving licences issued in the following countries can only be exchanged if they are valid for the stated categories:

Land Driving licence Vehicle Category
Andorra Passenger vehicle Dutch driving licence category B
Canadian province Alberta Class 5 Dutch driving licence category B
Canadian province  Québec Class 5 Dutch driving licence category B
Gibraltar  All categories 
Guernsey  All categories 
Israël B Passenger vehicle Dutch driving licence category B
Japan 1B Passenger vehicle and motorcycle in excess of 400 cm3 Dutch driving licence category A and B
Jersey All categories
Man All categories
Monaco All categories
Northern Ireland   All categories 
Singapore Class 2 Class 3 Motorcycle in excess of 400 cm3 Personenauto Dutch driving licence category A and B
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) B Passenger vehicle Dutch driving licence category B
(formar) Netherlands Antilles All categories
South Korea second class ordinary licence Dutch driving licence category B
United Kingdom  All categories 

Conditions exchanging driving licence issued outside the EU

One condition for exchanging a driving licence issued outside the EU is that the driving licence must be valid at the time of application. A European driving licence may be expired. If you have an expired driving licence from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, in that case you need a declaration from the agency (where the driving licence was issued) in which they say they have no objection against the issuing of a Dutch driving licence.

In addition, a driving licence must have been issued in a particular year in which the applicant was resident in the country of issue for at least 185 days. As evidence you can send us for example copies from your passport (including blank pages), airplane-tickets, employer's certificate with salary- or tax documents.

Is your foreign driving licence an extension of a former driving licence from the same country? Please send evidence indicating this.

30% tax rule

If you are in the Netherlands for your work (highly skilled migrant), you may be subject to the 30% tax rule of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). If you are subject to this 30% tax rule, you can exchange your foreign driving licence (regardless of the country) for a Dutch driving licence. This will only be possible if the foreign driving licence is still valid. If you want to apply for a Dutch driving licence under these circumstances, you will need an approval from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (statement), which you can apply for with your employer’s assistance.

Already had a Dutch driving licence before?

Have you already had a Dutch driving licence before (valid after the 30th of June 1985), you only have to proof the conditions listed above for the categories you did not have on your previous Dutch driving licence.

Not possible to exchange your driving licence?

If it is not possible for you to exchange your driving licence, you must take a standard theory and practical driving test at the Externe linkCBR.

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