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Applying to collect a driving licence in the Netherlands

Have you passed your practical driving test? You can then collect your driving licence at your municipality. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle until you have collected your driving licence.

In the Netherlands the minimum age to sit a practical driving exam for a car is 17 years. Those who pass are only allowed to drive with a coach (supervisor), until they are 18. If you want to apply for a driving licence as a 17-year old, you must first apply for a begeleiderspas (accompanied driving permit) (in Dutch). You can then select up to 5 supervisors who can register to accompany you while driving. The names of the supervisors you have chosen will be on the accompanied driving permit. These supervisors accompany you while you are driving until your 18th birthday.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Driving licence

Please note: you can only apply for a Dutch rijbewijs (driving licence) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

You must apply for your driving licence in person at the municipality where you live and are registered. Please make an appointment to do so.

Apply online

You may also be able to apply online for your driver's licence in Maastricht, depending on your circumstances. If you apply online, you can collect your new driving licence from the Gemeente Loket (Municipal Service Desk) after just 2 working days. Please submit your application online using the RDW website. Visit the RDW website to find out how to apply for a driving licence online.

2023 rates

Driving licence: €48.15

Additional charges for spoedaanvraag (urgent request): €34.10

Additional charges in the event of loss or theft: €28.70

Eigen verklaring (self-declaration) for medical examination: €41.50

Online licence extension or expansion with additional category (through RDW website): €48.15

You can collect your driving licence in person from the municipality within a week after applying. If you have applied for your driving licence online via the RDW website, you can do so after just 2 working days.

Urgent request

If you need your driving licence quickly, you can make a spoedaanvraag (urgent request). You will be able to collect it the next working day if you apply for the driving licence before 14.00. Please note that an additional charge applies for urgent requests.

Validity of your driving licence

  • Under 65 years of age: valid for 10 years.
  • Between 65 and 70 years of age: valid until your 75th birthday.
  • Between 70 and 75 years of age: valid for 5 years.
  • Over 75 years of age: valid for a maximum of 5 years.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

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Mosae Forum 10

6211DW Maastricht

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