Driving in the Netherlands

When arriving in a new country, it might occur that not only the environment changes, but also the road rules. The Netherlands is a very hectic and full country with lots of traffic. Bikes, cars, busses, taxis, and lorries will all use the same streets and lanes. Please always check the road rules before getting in to your car. 

On this page you can find more information about the Dutch drivers licenses, parking permits and carsharing.

The Dutch drivers license

With any foreign drivers 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 drivers 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 drivers license for a Dutch one, please make an appointment at your municipalities city hall and bring valid identity papers, your foreign driver’s license and a passport 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.

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