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Vehicle registration card

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If you have a vehicle registered in your name in the Netherlands, you will need a vehicle registration cardExternal link. Since 2014 the paper vehicle registration certificate has been replaced by a vehicle registration card, containing a chip. The vehicle registration card is issued by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW).

Receiving a vehicle registration card

New vehicles are delivered with a vehicle registration card. Vehicles currently in use will receive a vehicle registration card when the vehicle is transferred or when the current vehicle registration certificate has to be replaced for some reason. You can also request your paper vehicle registration certificate be replaced with a vehicle registration card. After a 5-year transition period (December 2018), the RDW will start an obligatory conversion of registration certificates into registation cards.

Transfer

Your vehicle registration card is connected to a registration code. You can use this code to change vehicle ownership, suspend your vehicle registration, after scrapping or exporting your vehicle. You can also transfer your vehicle registration certificates to another private owner (including sole traders) online.

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