Exchanging a foreign driving licence in the Netherlands
If you want to exchange your old driving license for a Dutch one, there are strict criteria to adhere to.
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.
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.
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.