Will my UK driving licence still be valid in the Netherlands after Brexit?
If there is a deal between the EU and the UK
If the EU and the UK reach an agreement, there will be a transition period lasting until the end of 2020, during which all EU rules and laws will continue to apply to the UK. Holders of UK driving licences who relocate to the Netherlands before the end of 2020 will be able to continue driving on their UK licences until the end of 2020 (provided the licence is still valid).
If there is no deal between the EU and the UK
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, holders of UK driving licences who were already resident in the Netherlands before Brexit will be able to continue to drive on their UK licences for a maximum of 15 months after Brexit, provided the licence is still valid. During this 15-month period, it will still be possible to exchange a UK driving licence for a Dutch driving licence. This will be subject to the same requirements as before Brexit. For example, it will not be necessary to sit a theory or practical driving test.
When exchanging your licence you can choose to have it either replaced or renewed.
- If you choose to replace your UK licence, the Dutch licence you receive will expire on the same date as your UK licence would have done. The advantage of replacing your licence is that you will not need to submit a declaration of medical fitness to the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR). Another advantage is that it is much quicker to replace a licence than it is to renew it. We would therefore urge you to take advantage of this option.
- If you choose to renew your UK licence, the Dutch licence you receive will have a new validity period. For car driving licences (B) the maximum validity period is 10 years and for large goods vehicle and bus driving licences (C and D) it is 5 years. The validity period may be shorter than the maximum for medical reasons. It may be necessary to submit a declaration of medical fitness to the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR) when renewing your licence. This can be done online on the CBR website (Dutch language website).
You can exchange your driving licence through the municipality where you live.
For more information on how the procedure works, go to the Road Transport Agency (RDW) website.
Professional drivers who live in the Netherlands and hold a UK licence and a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card will find that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, their qualification will no longer be valid in the EU. They will only be issued with a Dutch ‘code 95’ driving licence (equivalent to the Driver CPC card) if they replace or renew their UK licence in the Netherlands before Brexit.
We therefore urge these licence holders (categories C and D only) to exchange their UK driving licences before Brexit. The best option is to have the licence replaced, as this process is quicker than having it renewed. For more information, go to the RDW website.