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Registration plates and periodic motor vehicle test (APK) for tractors

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 January 2021

What changes?

Obligatory registration plates

Any vehicle that is being driven (or pulled) down a public road must carry registration plates. This means more vehicles will be obliged to carry plates.

In the category vehicles with a maximum speed over 25 km/h, this affects:

  • trailers and machines that are pulled along
  • vehicles heavier than 750 kg that are pulled along by a tractor at a speed of over 25 km/h

The obligation to register and to carry registration plates also affects vehicles that can drive both faster and slower than 25 km/h:

  • tractors used for agriculture or forestry
  • motor vehicles with limited speed
  • mobile machinery

The duty to register only applies after the law comes into effect. In most cases, registration plates only have to be carried after 1 January 2025. This is not the case if:

  • the vehicle has become liable for periodic motor vehicle tests (APK)
  • the vehicle will drive over 25 km/h on public roads
  • you need an exemption from the road authorities for the vehicle

Periodic motor vehicle test for fast tractors

Tractors with a maximum speed above 40 km/h should undergo periodic motor vehicle tests.

For whom?

  • motor vehicle drivers
  • garage owners


The duty to register and carry registration plates comes into effect on 1 January 2021. The duty to undergo periodic motor vehicle tests (APK-keuring) will be implemented from 1 May 2021.

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This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO