You will have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • You are a registered resident of the Netherlands with a valid residence permit (if applicable).
  • You are a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland; or you are from a country with a special driving licence agreement (see below); or you benefit from the 30% ruling (see below).
  • Your non-EU/EEA driving licence is valid at the time of the application.
  • If your EU/EEA licence is expired, it may be exchanged, provided you have a declaration from the agency in the country where the driving licence was issued in which they state they have no objection with you receiving a Dutch driving licence.
  • You obtained your current driving licence while being a resident of that country for at least half a year (185 days). Possible evidence for this fact: complete copies of your passport (including blank pages), airplane tickets, or salary/tax documents.
Driving license exchange

Countries with special licence exchange agreements

  • Taiwan, Israel: category B, passenger vehicle
  • Japan: category IB, passenger vehicle and motorcycle in excess of 400 cm3
  • Singapore: class 2, motorcycle in excess of 400 cm3; and Class 3, passenger vehicle
  • South Korea: ordinary licence, second class
  • Canada, province of Quebec: class 5
  • Andorra, Aruba, Jersey, Isle of Man, Monaco, Netherlands Antilles: all categories

If you have previously had a Dutch driving licence (valid after 30 June 1985), you only have to prove the conditions for the categories you did not have on your previous driving licence.

Driving license exchange

If you do not meet any of the conditions listed above, you cannot exchange your licence for a Dutch one. Instead, you will have to pass the official Dutch driving tests. If you are unsure whether you meet the conditions to partake in these, please check with your municipality. Dutch Review gives you step-by-step information about getting a Dutch driving license by taking the mandatory tests.

30% ruling and the Dutch driving licence

You can also exchange your driving licence for a Dutch one if you are eligible for the 30% ruling, regardless your country of origin. The 30% ruling is a tax advantage for highly skilled migrants that have moved to the Netherlands to fulfil a specific role in an organisation. If you are eligible for this ruling, the above rules for converting a driving license also apply to you. Find out more about the 30% ruling.