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Registration – Netherlands

Updated : 21/01/2013

Formalities and documents

Car registration and taxes

How often must vehicles undergo roadworthiness tests in the Netherlands?

Petrol/gasoline and electric engines built on or after 1 January 2005:

- first test after 4 years

- for the next 4 years, a test every 2 years

- after 8 years, a test every year.

Diesel and LPG engines built on or after 1 January 2005:

- first test after 3 years

- thereafter, every year.

All engines built before 1 January 2005:

- first test after 3 years

- thereafter, every year.

All vehicles more than 30 years old must be tested every 2 years.

Must a roadworthiness test be conducted each time a vehicle changes owners?

No.

Do the Dutch authorities require a roadworthiness test when a new resident from another EU/EFTA country registers their car?

Only when a test would normally be required under Dutch regulations.

What does a roadworthiness test in the Netherlands typically consist of?

Vehicles are inspected to ensure that they conform to regulations governing safety (e.g. brakes, steering, lights, etc.) and emissions.

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