A driving licence allows you to drive a motor vehicle or ride a motorbike. To obtain a driving licence, which also serves as an ID, you need to pass the driving test of the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR). If you want to renew your driving licence, you will not have to take the test again.
Exchanging your driving licence
Internationals can continue to use their foreign driving licence for a certain period after they arrive in the Netherlands. When you come to live in the Netherlands, you may still use your foreign driving licence for a maximum of 185 days.
You can exchange your licence for a Dutch one if you meet ALL of the following conditions:
- You live in the Netherlands and are registered with your local municipality.
- You are from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland OR are from a country with a special agreement OR you have the 30% ruling.
- You have a valid residence permit (unless you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland).
- Your current driving licence is valid.
- Your current driving licence, if issued in a country outside the EU, was issued after being a resident of that country for at least 185 days.
If you do not meet the conditions you cannot exchange your licence for a Dutch one. This means you will need to take a standard theory and practical test at the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).
- For more information on when to exchange your driving licence or to apply for a Dutch driving licence, see our infographic on exchanging a driving licence.
To be able to exchange your driving licence at the municipality, you must be registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of the municipality.
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Applying for a driving licence
If you do not meet the conditions for exchanging your driving licence, you will need to apply for a Dutch licence. You will first have to pass a theory and practical driving test.
If you want to get your driving licence for the first time, there are many driving schools in The Hague region where you get driving lessons to prepare you for your exams: a theoretical exam, and, when your instructor considers you to be ready, a driving test on the road.
To be able to apply for a driving licence at the municipality, you must be registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of the municipality.
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Statement of Health
To exchange your driving licence or apply for your driving licence again, you may need to show a Statement of Health. You can purchase this medical declaration at The Hague International Centre, the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR) and many driving schools. Please note: you can only buy a medical declaration at The Hague International Centre from 9.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs. You will need a debit- or creditcard to pay for the declaration.
After you purchase your Statement of Health, you then need to send it to the CBR. The CBR assesses whether you are medically fit or you need an additional examination. If you are medically fit, a Certificate of Fitness is registered in the driving licence register by CBR. This is confirmed by a letter from CBR.