Driver's licence

Anyone wanting to drive a car or motorcycle in the Netherlands must be in possession of a valid driver's licence, and the driver must be at least 18 years old (21 years for drivers of heavy vehicles like buses).

If you come to live in the Netherlands, it depends on the country that issued your driver's licence whether you may make use of your foreign driver's licence in the Netherlands. In some cases the driver's licence that you obtained in a foreign country can be exchanged for a Dutch driver's licence. This option is not available to citizens of all countries; sometimes it will be necessary to take a driving test.

An exception is made for employees of international organisations in The Hague or people holding a diplomatic status and their immediate family. They do not need to exchange their foreign driver's licence for a Dutch one.

More information 

  • Do you want to find out which rules apply to your situation? Please visit the website
  • For additional information you can contact the Wageningen Customer Service Centre, Markt 22, phone (0317) 492 911.