Change of licence plates from a different country to Dutch
According to Dutch law, the change of licence plates from a different country to Dutch is required after 3 months once registered in the Netherlands
Why is the change of licence plates from Polish to Dutch so important?
No Dutch plates three months after registering is a huge risk. Even if the police don’t check your car right after this date, it could happen at any time and you’ll be liable to pay a fine, even a few months back.
Collision or accident and licence plates from a different country
- The Dutch insurance company will not insure your car if it is on different licence plates than Dutch.
- The insurance company from a different country may not be fully taken into account by the coefficients, as the rate in a different countries currency will be applied.
- In the event of failure to notify the insurance company from a different country of a new, permanent place of residence, they will be able to completely refuse to pay compensation. In this case, the cost of the collision may range from a few to several thousand euros.
Change of licence plates from a different country to Dutch – how much time do we have for this?
Changing your licence plates from a different country to Dutch is one of the first things you should do after moving to the Netherlands.
In the event of a collision, it is checked how long the car has been in the Netherlands. If the period of stay has been exceeded, the insurer may not pay compensation to the injured party, in which case the perpetrator of the accident will have to pay it.
Changing licence plates from a different country to Dutch – step by step
- Make an appointment at RDW. Information on how to make an appointment and what documents you will need can be found on the RDW website.
- File a tax return (BPM). All information can be found on the Belastingdienst website. You can apply for a fee waiver. The conditions are here.
- Go to an authorised licence plate manufacturer to get new ones. The list of places is here.
- Licence plates ready? Insure your vehicle at Polisa.nl and enjoy Dutch insurance with Polish customer service.
If you have additional questions regarding insurance, we encourage you to use our form or contact us directly by phone: 088 1021 544 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a car on Polish plates, can I insure it in the Netherlands?
To insure a car in the Netherlands, you must first re-register it with the RDW. This means that you must first change the number plates from Polish to Dutch before you insure the car. In the Netherlands, it is not possible to take out insurance for cars with foreign registration plates. How to change the plates to Dutch is explained in detail here. You have 3 months from registration in the Netherlands to do this.
How much does it cost to re-register a car from a different country’s licence plates to Dutch ones in RDW?
In the case of re-registering a car from Poland, the price of the plate is conditioned by many factors, e.g. BPM tax. The fee for re-registering a car in RDW is approximately €130. This may result in BPM being levied on you, the amount of which depends on the type of car you have. You may be covered from this tax if you comply with the conditions. If you are driving a vehicle on Polish plates, it is worth changing them to Dutch ones. Find out why in this blog!