You can suspend the registration of your car for 1, 2 or 3 years. It takes effect immediately. It is not possible to specify a date in the future. 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 also extend the suspension.

You can suspend registration via a help desk, but it is also easy to do online. For more information about suspending registration online, go to Requesting a suspension of registration online.

Requesting a suspension of registration

To arrange for a suspension of registration at a help desk:

  1. Go to a registration help deskRDW inspection station or RDW customer service point.
  2. Take the following documents with you:

or

  • the vehicle registration card;

3. Choose how long you want to suspend the registration of your vehicle: 1, 2 or 3 years.

4. Pay the fee.

5. The registration will be suspended immediately.

6. The employee will provide you with a suspension of registration report stating the end date of the suspension. Keep this safe, as it serves as your proof of suspension.

Paper registration certificate

Your paper registration certificate remains valid. You will not receive a new registration certificate.

Registration certificate in credit card format

If you have a registration certificate in credit card format (registration card), you will receive the suspension of registration report stating the end date of the suspension together with the first four digits of the registration code. You will receive the second part (consisting of five digits) of the registration code by post at the address at which you are registered with the municipality. You must destroy the old registration code.

Your registration card remains valid.

Vehicle owned by a leasing or finance company

You will not receive a registration code if your vehicle is owned by a leasing or finance company. In such cases, the RDW will always send the registration code to the leasing or finance company.

Someone else is arranging the suspension of registration for you

If you are unable to go to the vehicle registration help desk or RDW customer service point yourself, someone else can also arrange the suspension of registration for you. Make sure that you give the person the correct documents to take along. If you have a paper registration certificate, these will be the registration number allocation document and the transfer certificate. If you have a registration card, you must provide it together with the corresponding registration code. The person who goes to the registration help desk must be at least 18 years old (16 in the case of scooters/mopeds). They must show their own proof of identity; yours is not needed. The person can then act as described in this article. After registration has been suspended, he or she must hand the documents obtained for the suspension back over to you.  

Driving a vehicle that has had its registration suspended

A vehicle that has had its registration suspended may not be driven or parked on public roads. There are two exceptions to this:    

  • You may drive a vehicle that has had its registration suspended to an APK roadworthiness test station to undergo the test. In this case, you must have the appointment confirmation with you, stating the time of the appointment, and the vehicle must have third-party liability insurance. You are only allowed to drive from your home address to the address where you are having the APK roadworthiness test carried out and you may do so only around the time of the appointment.
  • You may drive a vehicle that has had its registration suspended and is 15 years or older to events. In order to do so, however, you must register for the event scheme with the tax administration.

Important to know when suspending registration

  • If you no longer comply with the obligations attached to the vehicle (insurance, APK roadworthiness testing and motor vehicle tax) and you have not suspended the registration of your vehicle, you will receive a fine. The amount of the fine can be found in the deze link opent in een nieuw vensterfinedatabase of the Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie, OM).
  • The suspension of registration takes effect from the date on which you request the suspension and runs until the same date either 1, 2 or 3 years later, depending on the suspension period that you choose. This could be, for example, from 10 January 2019 to 10 January 2021.
  • You can also terminate a suspension of registration early if you want to use your vehicle on public roads again. You will not get any money back.
  • If you terminate the suspension of registration within 1 month of its start date, you will still have to pay motor vehicle tax for the period in which the registration certificate was suspended. In such cases, the tax administration will send you a tax adjustment notice. Find out more about this on the deze link opent in een nieuw vensterDutch Tax and Customs Administration’s website.
  • After the suspension of registration, you can stop the insurance yourself. The RDW informs the tax administration that the registration has been suspended. The motor vehicle tax then stops automatically.

Fees

For passenger cars aged less than 15 years, you will pay the ‘normal rate’. For passenger cars aged 15 years or more, you will pay the ‘low rate’.  

The ‘low rate’ also applies if you are extending a suspension of registration.

Reguest or extend a suspension of registration at the RDW's low rate €24,10
Reguest or extend a suspension of registration at the RDW's normal rate €73,10
NB: You will not get any money back if you terminate the suspension early.