Driving in the Netherlands

Driver’s license

With any foreign driver’s license you are allowed to drive in the Netherlands for 6 months after you register with your municipality. After that period you need to have a Dutch driver’s license. Some internationals are able to exchange their driver’s license for a Dutch one easily including, but not limited to EU and EEA citizens and expats who have the 30% tax facility status. To exchange your driver’s license for a Dutch one, please make an appointment at city hall and bring valid identity papers, your foreign driver’s license and a photo. This is only possible if you are registered as a resident of the Netherlands and have a valid residence permit. You may also be asked to provide a certificate of fitness. The rules differ per country of origin: visit www.rdw.nl/englishinformation or call 0900-0739 for more information.

An application for a Dutch driving license costs around 40 euros and is paid in advance. The process takes approximately two weeks. Make sure this is done before your current license expires! For resident and visitor parking permits (parkeervergunningen) contact your municipality.

Don’t own a car, but want to drive? Not a problem! There are several peer-to-peer and carshare options available to you. Peer-to-peer means you can rent a quality vetted, fully insured car from a private individual, via such services as SnappCar or MyWheels. Carsharing means you have on-demand access to a fleet of vehicles parked throughout the region, available 24 hours. Greenwheels or Connectcar are two options.