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If you sell a vehicle from your company’s stock, you must put the registration in the new owner’s name.
Changing vehicle registration
If you want to be able to transfer a registration certificate online, your company needs to be authorised for Vehicle Registration (bevoegdheid Tenaamstelling Voertuigbedrijf, in Dutch). You apply for this authorisation to the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). In order to apply, you first need an acknowledgement vehicles in company stock.
If you sell a vehicle to a private individual, you first need to print the client authorisation form (digitale machtiging), which the new owner must sign . After the signing, you can transfer the vehicle in the name of the buyer. You must keep this signed authorisation for at least 2 years and destroy it after 3 years at the latest. After RDW has checked and authorised the information you entered regarding a registration transfer, the RDW will send the vehicle registration card (kentekencard) to the new owner.
You can also have a registration changed at the following locations:
- Registration counters of PostNL post offices
- (Car) companies that are a member of Kentekenloket BV (in Dutch)
- RDW counters (in Dutch)
Accelerated issue of vehicle registration certificates
If you import or manufacture vehicles and want to apply online for vehicle registration certificates for cars, motorcycles or trailers (new, unused vehicles with type approval) without the need to have them inspected first, you can use the accelerated issue authorisation (Versnelde Inschrijving, VI). In order to obtain this authorisation, you need a company supply stock acknowledgement from RDW and must be registered with a provider. You must submit the authorisation application form to the Recognition and Supervision Unit of RDW. You will pay an annual fee.
On 31 January 2020 the UK has left the European Union, which marks the start of the transition period until 31 December 2020. During this transition period, the UK is no longer a member of the EU, but will still be subject to EU regulations. If you import vehicles from the United Kingdom with e11 type approvals, they may then be treated as an import from a country outside the EU or EFTA and will need to be inspected. To find out more visit the UK's Vehicle Certification Agency website.