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Driving licence and car ownership

In order to drive a car in the Netherlands you’ll need to be over 18 years of age, carry a valid driving licence and have third party insurance. Find out how to hire a car, import a vehicle from overseas and the necessary procedures to get you ready for the road.

Is your driving licence valid in Amsterdam? 

As an international resident in the Netherlands, you can use your own driving licence for a certain period of time, after which you will be required to obtain a Dutch permit (rijbewijs).

Learn more about the validity of your driving licence and how to obtain a Dutch driving licence.

Owning a car in the Netherlands

All cars must be registered with the Department of Road Transport (RDW), and are subject to a motor vehicle tax (in Dutch) and other taxes including road tax. When driving, you must have the following with you at all times: a valid driving licence (rijbewijs), proof of third-party insurance (autoverzekering), vehicle registration (kentekenbewijs) and a certificate of ownership (tenaamstellingsbewijs).

Third-party insurance

If you have your own car, motorbike or moped while living in the Netherlands, you are required to have third-party insurance (WA-verzekering) to protect you from legal liability. You are then insured against damage you may cause with your vehicle. The damage to your vehicle is, however, not covered. You can supplement your third party insurance with all-risk cover (cascodekking). This provides insurance for the car itself but not its contents. Use this website to compare car insurances and prices (in Dutch).

Car sharing schemes

Several car sharing companies currently operate in Amsterdam, handy for shorter trips when you only need a car for a few hours. 

IN Amsterdam partners

For a list of IN Amsterdam partners, including transportation providers, please click here.

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