If you are moving from an EU or EFTA Member State, the procedure for applying for a registration number from the RDW is different from that if you are coming to the Netherlands from a country outside the EU or EFTA.

You are moving from an EU or EFTA country

If your vehicle has a registration number from an EU or EFTA country, go to Importing a vehicle from an EU/EFTA country for more information about applying for a Dutch registration number.

You are moving from a country outside the EU or EFTA

If you are moving from a country outside the EU or EFTA, the RDW will have to subject your vehicle to a technical examination for the purposes of applying for a Dutch registration number. The vehicle must comply with road safety requirements: noise, lighting, environment and glazing light transmittance (if applicable). These are the ‘permanent requirements’ that form part of the this link opens in a new windowRegeling voertuigen (Regulation on vehicles).

Importing a vehicle from a non-EU or non-EFTA country

This is what you need to do to import a vehicle and apply for a Dutch registration number:

  1. Drive the vehicle into the Netherlands. If your foreign registration certificate or number plates are no longer valid, you can apply to the RDW for a one-day registration number free of charge. This allows you to drive from your home to the inspection station and back on the day of the examination. You can apply for the one-day registration number when making an inspection appointment.
  2. To apply for a Dutch registration number, this link opens in a new windowmake an inspection appointment with the RDW.
  3. On the agreed day, take your vehicle to the inspection station for the examination.
  4. Bring the complete original foreign registration certificate and your proof of identity plus the this link opens in a new windowimport document on which the status of removal item is noted (not older than 12 months). This document must not be older than 12 months (as from the date of issue of the document). If your foreign registration certificate does not contain sufficient data, you may have to provide factory data.
  5. After the inspection, you must declare the vehicle for Taxation of Passenger Cars and Motorcycles (BPM) (does not apply to trailers/caravans). Find out how and where you can do this on the this link opens in a new windowDutch Tax and Customs Administration’s website.
  6. Pay the fee.
  7. After the RDW and the tax administration have given their approval, the RDW will send you a new registration certificate in credit card format (registration card) within 5 working days. In addition, the RDW will send you a letter with a full registration code one working day later. You will need this code when you sell the vehicle, for example, so keep it safe. From that moment onwards, you are liable for the obligations associated with owning a vehicle.
  8. If your vehicle is subject to APK, you will also receive an APK report. The RDW sends this report and the registration certificate separately.
  9. If you have received the registration certificate from the RDW, you must have registration plates made by an approved registration plate manufacturer and take out third-party liability insurance (Wettelijke Aansprakelijkheid, WA) for the vehicle. You will automatically receive an invoice for the motor vehicle tax from the tax administration.

Conditions

If you need to have the vehicle registered in your name, the following conditions apply to you:

Removal goods

For the investigation at the RDW, you must bring the import document with you, which includes a note from the tax administration stating that the vehicle is a removal item. This document must not be older than 12 months (as from the date of issue of the document). Please contact the this link opens in a new windowtax administration for information about this.  

Fees

Approval assessment for 10-14 aspects of a light vehicle €82,50
Identification of a light vehicle €51,00
Registration certificate €40,70
Registration in a person's name via the RDW €10,40