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How to Get a Driver's License in The Netherlands

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Here's a primer on how to get your driver's license in The Netherlands.

Drivers License The Netherlands - How to Get a Driver's License in The Netherlands

Sometimes when you're new to a country a task like getting your driver's license can make you feel like you're 16 years old again trying to pass your driver's test. Here's an overview of the process of getting your driver's license in The Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, foreigners are allowed to drive with their foreign license for a certain period, depending on their country of origin. If you are from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you can use your foreign license for up to 15 years (or until it expires). If you are from any other country, you can use your foreign license for up to 185 days after registering at the local municipality. After these periods, you will need to exchange your foreign license for a Dutch one or take a driving test in the Netherlands to obtain a Dutch driving license.

For exchanging your foreign license, some countries have a mutual agreement with the Netherlands, allowing for a direct exchange. These countries include EU and EEA countries, Taiwan, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and a few Canadian provinces. If you are from any other country, you will need to pass a theory and practical test in the Netherlands to get a Dutch driving license.

Furthermore, you must be at least 18 years old to drive a car or motorcycle in the Netherlands. For mopeds, the minimum age is 16. Also, it's important to note that driving is on the right-hand side of the road in the Netherlands.

There are no specific requirements that differ based on the city, state, or region in the Netherlands. The rules for driving are country-wide and apply to all regions equally. However, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with local traffic rules and regulations, as well as parking rules in different cities.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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