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Are you a professional truck or bus driver? You need a code 95 indication on your driving licence. This code 95 is proof you meet the (training) requirements for professional drivers (Certificate of Professional Competence, Verklaring van Vakbekwaamheid). You are required to have the code 95 indication on your truck or bus driver licence throughout the European Union when you drive more than 12 hours per week.
How to get code 95
You can get the code 95 indication (in Dutch) on your licence if you pass the initial qualification for professional drivers (basiskwalificatie, in Dutch). The initial qualification exists for all categories of C-licences (trucks, in Dutch) and D-licences (busses, in Dutch). As a resident of the Netherlands, you will be tested by the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen, CBR, in Dutch).
The CBR will test your knowledge of, among others, administrative procedures, traffic rules and driving skills over the course of 6 exams. You need to successfully complete all exams within a 2-year period. You need to meet the following conditions to take the exams:
- You need a valid driving licence (category B)
- You have to be at least 18 years old
- You must have a Certificate of Fitness (Verklaring van Geschiktheid, VvG). To get this certificate, you need to fill out a Statement of Health (Gezondheidsverklaring) and undergo a medical examination.
Upon completing your exams, you can request the code 95 indication on your licence with your municipal authority (in Dutch). It is valid for 5 years.
How to renew code 95
When you have a valid code 95 indication, you need to follow at least 35 hours of periodic training (nascholing, in Dutch) before it expires. When completed, the CBR will notify the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). You can then apply for a new driving licence with the new expiration date of your code 95 indication with your municipal authority (in Dutch).
If you do not meet the requirements for renewal before your code 95 indication expires, you may not drive a truck or bus professionally for more than 12 hours a week.
Register training from other EU countries
Did you receive periodic training in another EU country while living or working there? You can register this training by notifying the CBR (in Dutch). You need to prove the received training follows the criteria set by the proficiency directive (Richtlijn vakbekwaamheid, in Dutch). You need to provide the CBR with a training certificate from either the training institute or the country’s responsible authority. You also need to prove you were living or working there at the time you received the training.
Code 95 for European licences
Do you have a European C or D licence with a code 95 indication? You may drive a truck or bus professionally in the Netherlands. To renew your code 95 indication, you need to complete your periodic training in the country the licence was issued. You may exchange your licence from any EU and EEA countries for a Dutch driving licence.
If you have an European licence but you completed your periodic training in the Netherlands, you may request a Qualification Card with the RDW. This allows you to register your periodic training on your European licence.
Code 95 for non-European licences
Do you have a truck or bus driving licence from a non-EU or EEA country? This licence is not recognized in the Netherlands. You need to follow the procedure to get a code 95 indication to drive a truck or bus in the Netherlands professionally.