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Municipality of Stadskanaal: exchanging a foreign driving licence for a Dutch driving licence

Please note: you must live in the Netherlands and be registered with a municipality to exchange a foreign driving licence. You must hand in your foreign driving licence when you apply. You are not allowed to drive until you have received your new driving licence.

You will always need the following:

  • your foreign driving licence;
  • 1 colour passport photo  that meets the passport photo requirements;
  • a valid identity document or a valid  residence permit for the Netherlands.

You will need the following in some cases:

  • A translation of your driving licence. This is required only if your foreign driving licence is drawn up in characters that are not used in the Netherlands (for example Japanese or Greek). The translation must be produced by an embassy, consulate or a sworn translator. .
  • A copy of the letter from the Belastingdienst (Tax and Customs Administration) showing that you, as an expat, fall under the 30%-regeling (30% rule).
  • A gezondheidsverklaring (declaration of good health) from the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheid – CBR (Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing) if you have a category C, D, CE or DE driving licence. You must undergo a medical examination to obtain the declaration. You can find information about the statement and the examination on the CBR website.
  • If your driving licence has expired: a statement of no-objection from the authority that issued the driving licence.

Applying by appointment

Make an appointment via

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the municipality.

It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the licences to be exchanged. You will receive a letter from the Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer – RDW (Netherlands Vehicle Authority) when you can collect your driving licence. You must collect your driving licence in person. You have 3 months to do this after you have received the letter from the RDW. After that time, the driving licence will be destroyed.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Stadskanaal

Visiting address

Raadhuisplein 1

9501SZ Stadskanaal

Opening hours
08:00 - 16:00
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Last updated on 13 December 2023