Driver's license

The first thing you need is a valid drivers license. If you become a resident of the Netherlands, you can still use your foreign driving license for a certain period. Did your driver’s license get issued after January 19th 2013? If it was, you can use your foreign driver’s license for up to 15 years after the issue date. If your license was issued before that date, you can use it for up to 10 years after issue.

You can only use your license for 185 days from the point you registered at the municipality if it was issued outside the EU. During that period you must obtain a Dutch driving license.

If you do not have a drivers license at all, it is possible to take driving lessons (rijles) at a driving school (rijschool). It takes around 40 driving lessons before you can take the driving test. You also need to have passed a theory test first! You can compare different driving schools in Maastricht using this website. The Dutch transport directorate (RDW) has great information (in English) for international drivers.

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