Introduction new two-piece vehicle registration certificate in the Netherlands

From 1 January 2014, in the Netherlands vehicle registration certificates in a credit card format are issued. This card has a different layout, different data, and different authenticity features, in conformity with harmonized European legislation. Vehicle registration certificates in a credit card format, or vehicle registration card, also have a contact chip. From 1 January 2014, vehicle registration certificates continue to consist of two parts. Besides part I, the vehicle registration card, a new 'deel II' (part II) vehicle registration certificate is also introduced. This part II vehicle registration certificate is needed to register abroad.

Five-year transition period

From 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2018, there are both vehicles with a paper vehicle registration certificate and vehicles with a vehicle registration card. This is the result of the fact that owners/keepers are not obliged to exchange their paper vehicle registration certificates at their own initiative.After this five-year period, RDW is expected to start obligatory conversion of paper vehicle registration certificates that are still active. At that time, further details about the process will be given.

Authenticity features

The vehicle registration certificate in a credit card format is in conformity with European Directive 1999/37/EC. It contains all data imposed by the European Directive. The vehicle registration certificate in a credit card format contains both vehicle data and owner/keeper data. The vehicle registration card contains several authenticity features. For more information, please visit 'Echtheidskenmerken' (authenticity features).


Validity of vehicle registration cards can be checked based on the vehicle license number and the document number. Please go to deze link opent in een nieuw venster'Documentnummer controleren' (Check document number).