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Conditions apply to foreigners driving in the Netherlands, otherwise there’s an excellent public transport system. • To drive in the Netherlands you must have a valid licence recognised by Dutch law, and have third party insurance. • At age 16 you can do the theory exam. • You may take driving lessons for your driving license from the age of 16.5. You can take practical exams from the age of 17. Until the age of 18 you are then allowed to drive under the supervision of a coach.

EXCHANGING A DRIVING LICENCE • You can use your existing driver’s licence for 185 days after becoming a resident. • During those 185 days, you need to take the CBR theory and driving tests. • You can take both the theory and practical exam in English. • Tourists or short-term visitors are considered non-residents and do not need a Dutch driving licence. • Still, non-EU nationals should check with their Dutch embassy if an international licence is required. • Dutch licences are generally issued for 10 years. • Foreign licences from EU/EFTA countries can be used in the Netherlands for 10 years from the date of issue. • You may want to exchange it anyway: it is a valid proof of identity in many cases. LICENSES THAT CAN BE EXCHANGED: • To exchange (omwisselen) your existing national driving licence (rijbewijs) for a Dutch one, you must fit into the categories below: -- You are registered in the Basic Registration Persons (BRP). -- You have a valid residence permit (unless you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switserland). -- You are from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland OR are from a country with a special agreement OR you have the 30% ruling -- Your current driving license is valid. -- Your current driving licence, if issued in a country outside the EU, was issued after being a resident of that country for at least 185 days

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• If you do not meet the conditions you cannot exchange your licence for a Dutch one. This means you will need to take a standard theory and practical test at the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR). • To exchange, apply at a municipal office for an ‘Aanvraag omwisseling voor Nederlands rijbewijs’ form (or download it prior from www.rdw.nl) after being registered in the municipality database for 185 consecutive days. • You may be asked to provide a certificate of fitness (verklaring van geschiktheid), proving you are physically and psychologically fit to drive a vehicle. This statement is needed in the following cases: -- You have an EU/EEA or Switzerland driving licence with categories C, CE, C1, D etc -- You benefit from the 30% tax ruling -- Your driving licence is from the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba -- Your driving licence is from one of the countries with a special agreement • If you are 75 years or over you’ll need a medical examination, which the CBR may request for non-EU/ETFA/Swiss nationals also. • If you are applying under the 30 percent ruling you will need a statement from the tax office’s international department. • Check with all departments if additional documentation is required for your certain situation, and if any document requires translation or authentication. • You will generally forfeit your original licence (unless applying under the 30 percent ruling). • You need a special licence for a bromfiets (moped), snorfiets (light moped), or brommobiel (mobility car) (unless you have a licence of the A or B category) and you must be 16 or over to get one. • For all information on driving licences and tests visit www.rdw.nl or www.rijbewijs.nl.

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