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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:

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.

UK registered vehicles after Brexit

The UK has left the European Union. This means that as of 1 January 2021 the UK is considered a third country. Vehicles that were previously registered in the UK with an EU registration certificate or a UK registration certificate are no longer registered in the Netherlands. If you import vehicles from the United Kingdom, they will need to be inspected by RDW. To find out more visit the UK's Vehicle Certification Agency website.

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