Reapplying for a driving licence if you have been disqualified

If you have been convicted for a drink-driving offence for the second time or for refusing an alcohol test, you fall under the ‘recidivism scheme’ and your driving licence will be automatically suspended. If you want to reapply for a driving licence the central office for motor vehicle driver testing CBR must assess whether you are fit to drive. You will also have to retake you driving test.

Last updated on 26 January 2021

Disqualification from driving

You will be automatically disqualified from driving in the following situations:

  • You have been convicted for drink-driving offences twice within five years, with an alcohol level of more than 1.3 permille for the second offence.
  • You refuse to take an alcohol test (breathalyser test or blood test).

Regaining your driving licence

The CBR sets out how you can regain your driving licence after you have been disqualified (in Dutch).

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Road Traffic Law 1994, Article 123b

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