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Periodic motor vehicle test (APK)

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

During a periodic motor vehicle testExternal link (APK) your vehicle is inspected by a garage or by a testing station. The inspector carrying out the APK will check whether the vehicle is roadworthy, environmentally safe and registered correctly.

Where to get an APK

In the Netherlands, the garage or testing station where you have your vehicle tested, must be approved by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW).

When to get an APK

When you need to have your car, commercial vehicle or trailer tested for the first time depends on the following factors:

  • the type of vehicle (car, light commercial vehicle, heavy commercial vehicle);
  • the date when the vehicle was first allowed to go on public roads;
  • the type of fuel (petrol, diesel, LPG).

How often to get an APK

After the initial test, your vehicle needs to be tested annually or every two years. The RDW website includes a (Dutch-language) tableExternal link which shows when you need to have your vehicle tested.

Foreign APK inspection

If your car, trailer or van has a Dutch registration number, you can have them tested at one of the car inspection centres in BelgiumExternal link and SpainExternal link (in Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO