Applying for a certificate of authenticity

A certificate of authenticity is a statement, in English, stating that you are registered with a driving licence in the Central Driving Licence Register. You can use a certificate of authenticity if, for example, you have moved to another EU/EFTA country and lost your driving licence. In such a case, you must exchange your driving licence in the country where you live. This can often be done on the basis of a certificate of authenticity. This certificate is issued by the RDW and contains data from your driving licence, such as personal data, driving licence number, date of issue and categories.

This is how you apply for a certificate of authenticity:

  1. Download the Document certificate of authenticity application form (pdf, 120kb) and fill it in.
  2. Send the following documents to the RDW, Unit Rijbewijzen, Postbus 9000, 9640 HA Veendam or send an email via the contact form:
  • the application form (completed and signed)
  • a copy of a valid identification document (passport, identity card or Dutch driving licence)

3.  Pay the fee for the certificate of authenticity.


Certificate of authenticity €4,65
4.  This can be done by direct debit or you can transfer the amount to account number 47 72 56 600 - IBAN NL25 ABNA 0477 2566 00 in the name of the RDW in Veendam, stating your driving licence number or identity number (BSN) 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 the BIC code ABNA NL2A and the IBAN code NL25 ABNA 0477 2566 00.


5.  As soon as the fee and a copy of your proof of identity have been received, the RDW will send the certificate to you by post. The certificate of authenticity can only be received by post, because it is an original certified document.

Your request will take a maximum of 10 working days to process. The amount of time it takes for the certificate to arrive at your home address depends on the postal service in your region. If you have not received the certificate after 3 weeks, please contact us.

The RDW sends the certificate of authenticity to the address at which you are registered with the municipality. If you live abroad and are no longer registered with a Dutch municipality, the RDW can send the certificate of authenticity to a foreign address for correspondence.  


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