Driving license

Your driving license is valid in the Netherlands for a certain amount of time. This depends on the country of issue of your license.

  • Issued in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland:
    Valid for use in the Netherlands until 10 years after the date of issue. If your license was issued longer than 9 years ago you have a year to obtain a Dutch driving license. During this period you can still use your foreign driving license.
  • Issued in another country:
    Valid for use in the Netherlands for 185 days after you have made residence in the Netherlands. Please note that during these 185 days you may be requested to show an international driving license on demand. Your embassy can give you more information about the specific cases in which an international driving license is required.

If you wish to obtain a Dutch driving licence, read our factsheet driving licence.


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