In order to drive a car in the Netherlands you’ll need to be over 18 years of age, carry a valid 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.
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).
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).
Several car sharing companies currently operate in Amsterdam, handy for shorter trips when you only need a car for a few hours.
For a list of IN Amsterdam partners, including transportation providers, please click here.