Updated : 01/03/2017
As an EU national moving to the Netherlands, you must register your car if you are the holder of the registration certificate / owner of the vehicle / user of a vehicle you do not own (e.g. family members) and have your residence in the Netherlands.
If you change your country of residence to the Netherlands, you have 6-8 weeks to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country – counted from the date you are registered as a person in the Netherlands and have requested a for your car. If you do not have this "vrijstelling" you will have to register your car the day you are registered as a person in the Netherlands.
If you buy a car abroad, transit registration plates issued in another EU country will not be recognised in the Netherlands for the purposes of driving your car back to your place of residence. You will need a Dutch from the .
As an EU national moving to the Netherlands, you cannot use your vehicle here while it is still registered in your previous home country.
If you are a student in the Netherlands from another EU country you:
To qualify for an exemption from the requirement to register vehicles, you must get an enrolment certificate at the university (or other school/college), which is valid for the whole duration of your study visit and keep them in the vehicle in case of checks by the authorities.
You can get an enrolment certificate from your university.
If, as a student, you are also working in the Netherlands, you must register the vehicle and pay related taxes. However, various exemptions exist and it is best to contact the Belastingdienst to see if you must register the vehicle and pay related taxes or not.
As EU nationals with a second home in the Netherlands (that you use for no more than 6 months a year), you do not need to register your vehicles here. As long as you are not registered you will not need to register your car.
You are exempt from compulsory car registration if you are not registered as a person in the Netherlands.
As an EU national, if you want to register and use your car in the Netherlands, you must pay the following taxes:
The following categories of vehicle are exempt from registration taxes:
The following categories of vehicles are exempt from road tax:
If you do not register your vehicle in the Netherlands, it is not subject to any of these taxes.