Renewing a Dutch driving licence if you live outside the Netherlands
In this article you can find information on the following topics:
- I live in the European Union
- I live outside the European Union
I live in the European Union
If you have a Dutch driving licence, but you live in a country of the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (other than the Netherlands), you cannot renew your driving licence. You must exchange your driving licence via the authorities in your country of residence. Read more about renewing your driving licence from abroad at Nederlandwereldwijd.nl.
Expired or lost driving licences
If your Dutch driving licence has expired or you have lost it and you want to exchange it abroad, you can apply for a certificate of authenticity. For more information, go to Applying for a certificate of authenticity.
Unfortunately, the certificate of authenticity is no guarantee that you will actually be able to exchange your driving licence. The RDW therefore advises that you also contact the authorities of the country concerned to find out about the conditions for exchanging your driving licence. The procedure for obtaining a valid foreign driving licence is determined by the foreign authority. You may have to take the test again. More information can be found at Nederlandwereldwijd.nl.
I live outside the European Union
If you do not live in the Netherlands or in a Member State of the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA), you can apply for a new driving licence from the RDW.
Applying for a new driving licence
This is how to apply for a new Dutch driving licence:
- Request an application form by sending an email to the RDW. The RDW will send the application form to the address for correspondence in the Netherlands that you must provide. The application form has a sticker for the driving licence photo and therefore cannot be downloaded from this website.
- Send the completed application form together with the required documents to the RDW, Unit Rijbewijzen, PO Box 9000, 9640 HA Veendam. Read the guide for applying for a driving licence (pdf, 651kb) to find out which documents you need to send with the application form. Your current Dutch driving licence may have expired.
- Pay the fee for the driving license application.
This can be done by direct debit or you can transfer the amount to account number IBAN NL25 ABNA 0477 2566 00 in the name of the RDW in Veendam, stating your driving licence number and your personal details. Direct debit is the fastest method. If you want to transfer the fee from abroad, you can do so by specifying BIC code ABNANL2A and international banking code NL25 ABNA 0477 2566 00.
- It is only possible to renew your driving licence if you are an EU/EFTA national.
- In order to renew your driving licence, you must provide the RDW with an address for correspondence in the Netherlands. The RDW will send the application form and driving licence to this address. The RDW does not send application forms and driving licences to other countries. You provide the address for correspondence when requesting the application form in step 1.
Waiver of one or more categories
If you no longer wish to use one or more categories on your driving licence, you can waive them. To do so, you must fill in a ‘declaration of waiver’. You will not lose these categories permanently.