Will my British driving licence still be valid in the Netherlands from 1 January 2021?

December 24, 2020, 4 pm: The information on this page will possibly be updated in accordance with the partnership between the EU and the UK.

Yes, if you live in the United Kingdom and are visiting the Netherlands for a short period, you can drive on your UK licence. If you are a British licence holder living in the Netherlands, you’ll need to exchange your UK driving licence for a Dutch licence at your municipality. It’s best to do this in 2020. From 1 January 2021 you will need to submit a health declaration to the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).

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You are a British licence holder who moved to the Netherlands on or before 31 January 2020

You can continue to drive in the Netherlands on your valid UK driving licence until 30 April 2021. After that time, your UK licence will no longer be valid in the Netherlands. So be sure to exchange your UK licence for a Dutch licence at your municipality (Dutch) before then. It’s best to do this in 2020 while EU rules still apply. From 1 January 2021 you will need to submit a health declaration to the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).

You are a British licence holder who moved to the Netherlands on or after 1 February 2020

If you moved to the Netherlands between 1 February 2020 and 30 June 2020, from 1 January 2021 your UK driving licence will no longer be valid in the Netherlands. Exchange your UK driving licence for a Dutch licence at your municipality (Dutch). It’s best to do this in 2020. From 1 January 2021 you will need to submit a health declaration to the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).

You are a British licence holder who moved to the Netherlands on or after 1 July 2020

Your UK driving licence is valid for up to 185 days from the day you moved to the Netherlands.

Example 1. If you moved to the Netherlands on 1 July 2020, your UK driving licence is valid in the Netherlands until 1 January 2021 (1 July 2020 + 185 days = 1 January 2021). As of 2 January 2021, you will need a Dutch licence to drive in the Netherlands.

Example 2. If you moved to the Netherlands on 31 December 2020, your UK driving licence is valid in the Netherlands until 3 July 2021 (31 December 2020 + 185 days = 3 July 2021). As of 4 July 2021, you will need a Dutch licence to drive in the Netherlands.

Exchanging your British driving licence for a Dutch licence

You can exchange your UK driving licence for a Dutch licence at your municipality (Dutch). It’s best to do this in 2020 while EU rules still apply. From 1 January 2021 you will need to submit a health declaration to the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).