About RDW, the Netherlands Vehicle Authority

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The Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) is one of Business.gov.nl's content partners. It provides information about the rules and regulations concerning motor vehicles, such as periodic tests, driving licences, and importing a car into the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) contributes to making road transport in the Netherlands as safe, clean, economically viable and well-regulated as possible. RDW has developed extensive expertise in the mobility chain. It has years of experience in executing its statutory tasks, that are assigned by various ministries.

What does the Netherlands Vehicle Authority do?

RDW's tasks lie in the areas of the licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts, supervision and control, registration and information provision, and issuing documents. RDW carries out these tasks in close cooperation with various partners in the mobility chain. This provides RDW with a clear position in this chain, with its mission: RDW, partner in mobility.

Statutory tasks

The Dutch government has assigned four important tasks to RDW:

  • Licensing: The licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts on the Dutch and European market.
  • Supervision and control: Supervising companies accredited by RDW and monitoring the technical condition of vehicles.
  • Registration and information provision: Gathering, storing, updating and managing data concerning vehicles, their owners and vehicle documentation and providing information about this data to interested parties.
  • Issuing documents: Issuing documents that are required for vehicles or owners, including vehicle registration certificates, driving licences and the PTI (Periodic [motor vehicle] Technical Inspection) forms.
RDW is a partner of Business.gov.nl. For all regulations that involve RDW, use the search function. Or go directly to:Importing a car into the Netherlands for business usePerforming periodic technical inspections (APK)Vehicle registration in the company nameTaxi test certificate

Questions relating to this article?

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