Renewing a driving licence

Do you hold a driving licence issued in the Netherlands? You may need to renew your driving licence when, for example, if your licence expires. You then apply for a new driving licence from your municipality.

Last updated on 10 October 2022

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When to renew a driving licence

You must renew your driving licence if: 

  • your driving licence has expired; 
  • you pass the test for another driving licence category; 
  • your driving licence is no longer legible, for example, if it is damaged. 

Read more about when you need to renew your driving licence (in Dutch). 

There are different rules for holders of driving licences issued in the Netherlands if they want to renew their licence whilst outside the Netherlands. This is dependent on the country they are in. The netherlandsworldwide.nl website has information on renewing your driving licence abroad.

Do you hold a driving licence issued outside of the Netherlands? Then there are different rules for renewing and exchanging your driving licence in the Netherlands.

Applying for and collecting a driving licence in person

You must apply to renew your driving licence in person at your municipality and collect it from there as well. When collecting your new licence you then return your old driving licence to the municipality. 

For more information, contact your municipality (in Dutch).

Renewing your driving licence online

In a number of municipalities, you can renew your driving licence online. You can apply online via the Rijksdienst voor het wegverkeer – RDW (Netherlands Vehicle Authority) website.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Driving Licence Regulation, Articles 26 to 49 

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