Selling a vehicle that has had its registration suspended

When selling a vehicle that has had its registration suspended, you do not need to do anything. As soon as the buyer has had ownership of the vehicle transferred over to their name, the suspension of registration will lapse.

You can also terminate the suspension online quickly and easily. To do so, go to Terminating your suspension of registration online.

Terminating your suspension of registration via RDW desk

To cancel your suspension of registration at a vehicle registration help desk, RDW inspection station or RDW customer service point:

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

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3. The employee will terminate your suspension of registration.

4. The suspension is terminated with immediate effect.

5. The employee will provide you with proof of the suspension in paper format stating the end date of the suspension. In some cases the first four digits of the registration code are also stated.

6. As soon as the suspension has been cancelled, you may drive the vehicle on public roads again. The vehicle must be insured and have passed its APK roadworthiness test. Motor vehicle tax becomes payable again automatically.

APK roadworthiness testing before the termination of the suspension of registration

For more information about having an APK roadworthiness test during the suspension period, go to Having an APK roadworthiness test during the suspension period.

Paper registration certificate mentioning the suspension of registration

If the registration number allocation document (Part IB) mentions a suspension of registration (this mention appears if you suspended registration or extended a suspension before 1 January 2014), you will receive proof of the suspension in paper format. It specifies the end date of the suspension and the first part of the registration code (4 digits).

You will then receive a letter by post from the RDW containing a new registration certificate in credit card format (registration card) and the second part of the registration code (5 digits). The RDW does not send the registration certificate and registration code to other countries, but to the last known address in the Netherlands or an address for correspondence in the Netherlands.

Registration certificate in credit card format (registration card)

If you have a registration card, you will receive proof of the suspension of registration in paper format stating the end date of the suspension and the first four digits of the new registration code. You will receive a letter from the RDW containing the second part of the registration code (5 digits).  

The RDW does not send the registration code to other countries, but to the last known address in the Netherlands or an address for correspondence in the Vehicle owned by a leasing or finance company in the Netherlands.

Vehicle owned by a leasing or finance company

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

Driving without a vehicle registration card

If you have been issued a registration card but have not yet received it, you can still drive in the Netherlands. The Dutch police can search the national vehicle licence register to find your details. You must be able to show the vehicle registration card 14 days after the end of the suspension of registration. You cannot drive your vehicle abroad without a registration certificate.

Having the suspension of registration terminated by someone else

If you are unable to go to the vehicle registration help desk or RDW customer service point yourself, someone else can also arrange the termination of your 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 number allocation 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 may then act as described above. After registration has been suspended, he must hand the documents obtained over to you.

Owner has died

If the owner of a vehicle that has had its registration suspended dies, it is not possible for the suspension to be terminated prematurely. The suspension will lapse automatically at the end of the chosen period of suspension.  

The heirs of the deceased owner will then be responsible for complying with the vehicle obligations (third-party liability insurance, motor vehicle tax and – if applicable – APK roadworthiness testing).

The registration can only be suspended again once the vehicle has been registered in the name of another owner.

The suspension will also lapse if, for example, ownership of the vehicle is transferred to the partner or an heir or someone else and is registered in their name.

Terminating a suspension of registration under the collectors’ scheme

If you participate in the collectors’ scheme for suspending the registration of old vehicles, you may have to pay for a subsequent suspension of registration or extension of a suspension. This is the case if you no longer have five paid suspensions due to the termination of that suspension. This is because you can suspend a registration free of charge only if you have five paid suspensions per year.

Terminating a suspension of registration within 1 month

If you end 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 was suspen suspended. In such cases, the tax administration will send you a tax adjustment notice.