Applying type approvals
When a vehicle is first registered in an EU Member State (also in the Netherlands, therefore), that vehicle must have a European type-approval. The RDW issues these type-approvals.
If you have a vehicle without a type-approval or with just a partial type-approval, you can have it tested and type-approved by the RDW so that it can be licensed for use on the roads. You can also ask the RDW to issue a type-approval for vehicle parts (components or technical units) so that you can then supply/sell them to the motor industry.
First type-approval, then sale
The type-approval for a vehicle is the binding element between the certification, registration and sale of products. A vehicle or component that is presented for type-approval must have been produced by a certified manufacturer whose production process has been approved by the RDW. The RDW issues certificates for this purpose to the manufacturers of vehicles or components.
The RDW’s role
Based on your need for a type-approval for components and technical units or for systems and vehicles, we guide you through the entire type-approval process. Tests can be performed in our Test Centre Lelystad, under the supervision of our Testing department or can be conducted by technical services designated by us. We work closely together with a wide range of technical services all over the world.
Because the RDW also takes part in the development of national and international legislation under the auspices of the Dutch government, we keep close track of technical developments. We can also exercise an influence on legislation and regulations and their interpretation. View this video for more information about the RDW, and this video for more information about the type approval process.