Temporarily not using your car

If you decide not to use your car for a relatively long period of time, you can suspend the registration of the vehicle. During the suspension, you do not have to comply with the obligations attached to the vehicle (motor vehicle tax, third-party liability insurance, and APK roadworthiness testing). The motor vehicle tax stops automatically, but you will have to cancel your insurance yourself. If you no longer comply these obligations, you will be fined unless you have suspended your registration. The amount of the fine can be found in  the fine database of the Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie, OM).

A suspension of registration takes effect immediately and lasts for 1, 2 or 3 years. At the end of your chosen suspension period, the suspension of the registration ends automatically and you must immediately comply with the obligations attached to the vehicle again. You can have an APK roadworthiness test performed before the suspension of the registration ends. For more information, go to Having an APK roadworthiness test during the suspension period. You can also extend the suspension.

You can also terminate a suspension of registration earlier if you want to use your vehicle on public roads again. You will not get any money back.

There are several ways to suspend the registration of your car. The easiest way is to do it online via this website. If you are unable to do so, you can also go to a vehicle registration help desk or RDW customer service point.

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