Procedure at the Municipality


If you want to obtain a Dutch driving license you must submit your application at the local district council office (Dutch: stadsdeelkantoor).


You need to apply for the following conditions:

  • You must be registered with your local municipality
  • You must have a residence permit unless you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland
  • Your driving licence must be valid at the moment of application
  • Your driving licence, if issued in a country outside the -EU or EEA , was issued after being a resident of that country for at least 185 days.

You will also need to submit the following:

  • Colour passport photograph, which meets the criteria specified in the Passport Regulation
  • Your foreign driving licence
  • Your residence permit unless you are a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland
  • Certificate of fitness, if necessary. (See Exceptions)

An application for a Dutch driving licence costs €40,- (2013 rates). The Government Road Transport Agency (Rijksdient voor het Wegverkeer, RDW) takes your application is being process. This takes two weeks.


After two weeks you will receive a letter from the RDW that your licence can be retreived. This can only be done in person.


NoteYou hand in your current license when you apply for a Dutch driving license. You are not permitted to drive when your application is being processed!


Applications cannot be processed more quickly than two weeks.


The procedure


An Application takes two weeks and costs are €40,- in advance

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