Applying for a driving licence

Do you want to apply for a driving licence for the first time? Then come in person to the Municipal Office. Please make an appointment first. You can pick up your new driving licence after 5 working days. Do you want to extend your licence or do you want to add an extra category? Then you can also come to the City Counter. But applying online is faster. In that case, your new driving licence will be ready for you after 2 working days and you only need to come to the City Counter to pick it up. Please check first if you meet the requirements for online application.

Postpone, apply or extend online?

In order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, we ask for your cooperation. Postpone the renewal of your driving licence as much as possible. By doing so, we can work together to reduce the number of appointments and avoid queues at Municipal Counter. For your and our health!

  1. Check until when you may continue to drive with your expired driving licence
    Due to the corona measures, it is more difficult to renew your driving licence on time. The government has therefore decided that you may continue to drive with an expired driving licence.  Therefore, first check to what date your driving licence has been extended. You can read about it in the drop-down menu 'Driving with an expired driving licence' at the bottom of this page. Postpone the renewal of your driving licence as much as possible. 
  2. Check whether you can renew your driving licence online
    Has your driving licence expired within 2 weeks? And is a postponement not possible? Then check whether you can renew your driving licence online (or extend it with an extra driving licence category). In that case you only need to come to the City Counter to collect your driving licence. Your new driving licence will then be ready within 2 working days. See the page Extending a driving licence (RDW digital application pilot) for the conditions and procedure.
  3. Online renewal not possible? Make an appointment
    Can't apply for your driving licence online via RDW? Then make an appointment via (043) 350 40 40.
  4. If you come to the Municipal Office, please take the precautionary measures into account. For your and our health. 

Longer waiting times for appointments 

Because we have to avoid busy times at the Municipal Counter, we are unfortunately not able to serve as many people as usual at the moment. Please note therefore that your appointment may not be able to take place at short notice.

Health statement

At least 5 months before your licence expires, check the website of the CBR if you need a health statement because of your medical situation, your age, or your profession.

Covid-19 measures and  picking up your driving licence

You can only pick up your new driving licence by appointment. This is to avoid queues at the Municipal Counter. Make an appointment to pick up your driving licence.

  • Due to the corona measures, it is not always possible to renew driving licences in time. The European Commission and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure have decided to extend the validity of expired driving licences. 

    • Your driving licence expired in the period between 1 February and 1 June 2020: your driving licence is still valid until 1 July 2021.
    • Your driving licence expired in the period from 1 June to 1 September 2020: your driving licence is still valid 13 months after the expiry date.
    • Your licence expired or is due to expire between 1 September 2020 and 1 July 2021: your licence is still valid for 10 months after the expiry date. 
    • You remain insured and will not receive a fine if you are stopped. 
    • More information (only in Dutch) on the website of the National Government.
  • From 1 December 2019, the over-75s may temporarily continue to drive with an expired driving licence. The regulation is valid until 1 June 2021. Everyone who is allowed to continue driving with an expired license, gets a personal message from the CBR (Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen). Check the website of the CBR for more information about driving with an expired license after the age of 75.

  • Rates 2021

    • € 41,- driving licence
    • € 34,10 surcharge for urgent request 
    • € 27,10 extra if your licence is lost or stolen
    • Statement of health: € 39,30
  • Do you need your driver's licence quickly? Make an urgent request: apply for your driving licence before 2 p.m. Your driving licence will then be ready the next working day after 11:00.

    An urgent request is more expensive. In addition to the standard rate, you pay a surcharge for an urgent request.

    Is your driving licence missing or stolen? Then an urgent procedure is unfortunately not always possible. 

    An urgent procedure is not possible if you want to exchange your foreign driving licence. 

  • For each licence category there is a certain age at which you can apply for it. From the age of 17, you can apply for a beginner's licence. In that case, you may drive with a supervisor next to you. To do so, you must first apply for a driver's pass from the Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer (RDW). Only then can you apply for a driving licence. The accompanying person(s) do not have to come with you when you apply for or collect the driving licence. Would you like to know more? Go to www.2todrive.nl.

  • Sometimes you will need a statement of health when applying for your driving licence. For example, because of your medical situation, your age or your profession.

    The CBR (Central Bureau for Driving Proficiency Certificates) assesses whether you are healthy enough for a driving licence.

    Check the CBR's website in good time to see if you need a health certificate. Because the CBR is very busy, it can sometimes take 5 months to assess whether you are healthy enough.

    Advice from the CBR
    • Start early.
    • Do you need to visit one or more medical specialists? Then start 5 months before your driving licence expires.
    • Fill in the Health Declaration digitally via My CBR (with DigiD). Faster than by post and you can check the status of your request at any time.
    • Don't have a DigiD? Then buy a paper health certificate from the CBR. The CBR will assess your health certificate and determine whether you are fit to drive or still need to see a doctor for further examination.   
    • Take all the forms you receive from the CBR (after submitting your health declaration) with you to appointments with doctor/specialist(s).
    • Applicants for a large driving licence and people whose driving licence expires on or after their 75th birthday must always be examined by a doctor.
  • For a moped licence, you need to pass a theory and a practical exam at the CBR. This is possible from the age of 16. You do not have to take an exam if you already have another driving licence, with the exception of the tractor driving licence.

    After you have passed the exam, you can apply for the moped driving licence the next day. First make an appointment at the GemeenteLoket.

    You will have to pay for your moped driving licence with your application. You will need to bring it with you when you make your appointment:

    With a moped licence you may ride on one:

    • moped
    • scooter
    • speed-pedelec: an electric bicycle faster than 25 km/h
  • A passport photo for a passport must meet the requirements of the central government. Preferably have the passport photo taken in the Netherlands by a recognized photographer. 

    The passport photo should always look good on the applicant's face and should not be older than 6 months.

    • You apply for the document within 3 years of obtaining your driving licence.
    • You lived in the Netherlands for at least 185 days during the past year.
    • You are in possession of a valid declaration of suitability from the CBR.
  • You can pick up your new driving licence after 5 working days. 

    Note: If you want to exchange your foreign driving licence, this will take more time. The RDW will send you a letter when you can collect your new Dutch driving licence. To do so, you will need to come to the municipal ticket office yourself.

  • Do you live in the Netherlands and have a foreign driving licence? If so, you may first drive in the Netherlands temporarily with a foreign driving licence. After that, you will have to:

    • Exchange your foreign driving licence via your municipality
    • or (if you do not meet the conditions for exchange) take an exam at the CBR

    First check the conditions for exchanging a foreign driving licence on the RDW website. If you meet all the conditions, you can make an appointment and request the exchange of your foreign driving licence at the GemeenteLoket. The Dutch Driving Licence Application Manual (PDF) explains how this works and which documents you will need to bring with you.

  • A driving licence is valid for 10 years, except in the following situations:

    • Driving licence for trucks or buses: 5 years valid
    • You are between 65 and 70 years old, driving licence valid until your 75th birthday
    • You are between 70 and 75 years old, valid for 5 years
    • You are 75 years of age or older: maximum 5 years (depending on medical examination)
    • In the event of an obligation to undergo a medical examination in connection with illness: dependent on examination
  • Has your driving licence gone missing or been stolen? Or do you suspect abuse? You do not need to report the loss or theft of your driving licence to the police. You can immediately apply for a new driving licence at the Municipality Counter. You will not be reimbursed for the costs if you later retrieve your driving licence.

  • There are licences for mopeds, motorbikes, cars, trucks, buses and tractors. Do you want to drive with a trailer? Then you may need an additional driving licence. Separate requirements apply for each driving licence. 

    For more information about driving licence categories (only in Dutch), go to the website of the Government