Expat Exchange Facility / Passport Service

Exchange of Driving License

You can drive with Indian Driving license for first 6 months from the date of entry to country after which the Dutch License is required to drive the vehicle

Persons with a Indian driver’s license can exchange for Dutch Driving license the details are below

  • If your driver’s license was issued in India, you can exchange your driver’s license for a Dutch license within 6 months after registering in the Netherlands.
  • If you are a highly skilled migrant who is benefitting from the 30% Tax Facility, then you and your family can exchange your driver’s license(s) for a Dutch driver’s license.

How to exchange a driver’s license
Visit to Nearest Municipality office or GBR office and request a ‘geschiktheidsverklaring’ (State of Capability) form. This form costs € 34,80*. Complete the form.

Note: The form is in Dutch,

Post this form in the enclosed addressed envelope. Do not forget a stamp! In a few weeks, you will get a ‘Certificate of Fitness’ in the mail from the CBR. Take this form with you to your local town hall, along with the following documents:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Passport photo
  • Proof that you qualify for the 30% tax facility (letter from the tax office)
  • You will need to pay € 38,95*.

The Town Hall will send your package of items to the RDW (Rijksdienst van het Wegverkeer). You will get a message concerning when you can collect your Dutch driver’s license at Town Hall (between 2-3 weeks). Take your passport with you to collect your new driver’s license! Your original driver’s license will not be returned to you.

The Original Indian Driving license can be collect after 6 months from VFS Den Haag office by filling the request form for license.

Passport Service

Do you need New Passport due to Expiry of Passport / Out of Page or if you have lost the passport then you can get the passport can be done in Netherlands

Applications for Passport Services should be submitted in person with prior appointment at the authorised Indian Visa & Consular Application Centres. If, due to any reason, an applicant is not in a position to apply in person, only an immediate family member (Spouse or blood relatives) can apply on behalf of an applicant with a proper authority letter authorizing the immediate family member (Spouse or blood relatives) to apply on applicant’s behalf. The immediate family member will be required to produce this authority letter and his/her original passport/identity paper/document establishing the proof of his/her relationship with the applicant while submitting the application on behalf of the applicant.

Passport/document collection and Timings:

All new and renewed processed passports can be collected from the respective office, where application was submitted. Applicants are requested to visit the application center, once the processed passports are ready for collection.

For more details contact VFS at The Hague Netherlands