What you need to know to get a Dutch driving license

You don’t have a driving license yet? Here’s a checklist in order to get a driving license in the Netherlands.

  • You need to be registered at the Municipal Authority as a proof of residence (Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie/ GBA is a personal records database).
This proof is essential for many formalities.
 
  • > Are you a EU citizen? You don’t need a visa and/ or residence permit and you can sign up for driver’s lessons.
  • > If you don’t have the above, than you need a residence permit, like:
Type I: regular non-temporary
Type II: regular temporary
Type III: temporary asylum residence permit
Type IV: permanent asylum residence permit
 
The moment you apply for driver’s license, you need to live in the Netherlands - when you lived 185 days in the past year or you are a student at a Dutch university for 6 months, than you are able to apply.
 
Other case is that if you lived max 4 years abroad, but also lived 10 years in the Netherlands, then you don’t need to wait 185 days and you can apply directly. Foreign Driving Licenses in the Netherlands Once you become a resident of the Netherlands, you can still make use of your foreign driving license for a certain period.
 
This period depends on the country in which you obtained your driving license. After this ‘transition period’ has elapsed, you must obtain a Dutch driving license. In certain cases you can exchange the driving license that you received outside the Netherlands for a Dutch driving license. This is only possible if you are registered as a resident of the Netherlands and you have a valid residence permit.
 
Driving license issued in EU/ EFTA If you have a driving license that was issued before 19 January 2013 in one of the countries of the EU or the EFTA, then you can normally carry on driving with the foreign driving license for up to 10 years after issue. If your driving license is already over 9 years old, you can continue to drive with your driving license in any case for another two years (counting from the date of registering in a Dutch municipality).
 
However, this is on condition that your driving license is still valid. Driving license issued outside EU/ EFTA If you have a valid driving license that was issued outside one of the countries of the EU or the EFTA, or in the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba, then you can use it for another 185 days after becoming a resident in the Netherlands. During that period you must obtain a Dutch driving license.
 
If you are using a foreign driving license, you can exchange in certain cases the driving license that you received outside the Netherlands for a Dutch driving license. You don’t have to exchange directly, you can still make use of your foreign driving license for a certain period.
 
If you meet following conditions, you can exchange a foreign driving license for a Dutch driving license. Conditions to exchange are: 
 
 
  • Valid identity papers and you need to be registered at Municipal Authority (GBA). 
  • Your driving license is issued in the EU/ EFTA. If your driving license is expired, you need a declaration from the agency where the driving license was issued, in which they say they have no objection against the issuing of a Dutch driving license. Conditions to exchange driving license issued outside the EU: 
  • Valid identity papers and you need to be registered at Municipal Authority (GBA). 
  • The driving license must be valid at the time of application. 
  • A driving licence must have been issued in a particular year in which the applicant was resident in the country of issue for at last 185 days. As evidence you can send f.e. copies from your passport, employer’s certificate with salary- or tax documents.

You cannot exchange when you are under 18 years old.
 

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