Driver’s license validity

Driver’s license validity

Do you want to rent a car with StudentLease, and therefore participate in traffic in the Netherlands? Than you have to be in possession of a valid foreign (or domestic) driver’s license. You can find the conditions below.
 
Temporary stay in the Netherlands with a foreign driver’s license
Do you want to participate in Dutch traffic while staying in the Netherlands, for example during a holiday or exchange study period? Than you have to be in possession of a valid foreign driver’s license.
 
Living in the Netherlands with a foreign driver’s license
Are you going to live (temporarily) in the Netherlands? Your foreign driver’s license stays valid in the Netherlands for a certain period. The length of this period depends on the country of getting your driver’s license. After this transition period you need a Dutch driver’s license. In some circumstances you can exchange this foreign license for a Dutch driver’s license without having to take a Dutch exam. More information about exchanging your foreign license for a dutch one can be found on the site of the Dutch State Service of Traffic (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer) at www.rdw.nl (written in Dutch).
 
A driver’s license issued in a country from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland
These are the conditions for using a driver’s license issued in a country of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland.

  • Issued before 19 January 2013. Your driver’s license will be valid in the Netherlands as long as its own validity, up until a maximum of 10 years after issuance.
  • More than 9 years old. If your driver’s license is more than 9 years old but still valid, than you can use this driver’s license in the Netherlands for 2 more years. This 2 years start from the day you register yourself in a Dutch municipality.
  • Issued after 19 January 2013. Your driver’s license will be valid in the Netherlands as long as its own validity, up until a maximum of 15 years after issuance.

 
A driver’s license issued in a country outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland
Is your driver’s license still valid, but issued in a country outside of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands? Than you can use this license up until 185 days after you have registered yourself in a Dutch municipality. After those 185 days you need a Dutch driver’s license.
 
You can find more information about this rule on the website of the Dutch government (written in Dutch).

Driver’s license validity

Driver’s license validity

Do you want to rent a car with StudentLease, and therefore participate in traffic in the Netherlands? Than you have to be in possession of a valid foreign (or domestic) driver’s license. You can find the conditions below.
 
Temporary stay in the Netherlands with a foreign driver’s license
Do you want to participate in Dutch traffic while staying in the Netherlands, for example during a holiday or exchange study period? Than you have to be in possession of a valid foreign driver’s license.
 
Living in the Netherlands with a foreign driver’s license
Are you going to live (temporarily) in the Netherlands? Your foreign driver’s license stays valid in the Netherlands for a certain period. The length of this period depends on the country of getting your driver’s license. After this transition period you need a Dutch driver’s license. In some circumstances you can exchange this foreign license for a Dutch driver’s license without having to take a Dutch exam. More information about exchanging your foreign license for a dutch one can be found on the site of the Dutch State Service of Traffic (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer) at www.rdw.nl (written in Dutch).
 
A driver’s license issued in a country from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland
These are the conditions for using a driver’s license issued in a country of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland.

  • Issued before 19 January 2013. Your driver’s license will be valid in the Netherlands as long as its own validity, up until a maximum of 10 years after issuance.
  • More than 9 years old. If your driver’s license is more than 9 years old but still valid, than you can use this driver’s license in the Netherlands for 2 more years. This 2 years start from the day you register yourself in a Dutch municipality.
  • Issued after 19 January 2013. Your driver’s license will be valid in the Netherlands as long as its own validity, up until a maximum of 15 years after issuance.

 
A driver’s license issued in a country outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland
Is your driver’s license still valid, but issued in a country outside of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands? Than you can use this license up until 185 days after you have registered yourself in a Dutch municipality. After those 185 days you need a Dutch driver’s license.
 
You can find more information about this rule on the website of the Dutch government (written in Dutch).