Obtaining a dutch driving licence for refugees from Ukraine

To obtain a Dutch driving licence for refugees from Ukraine, the following steps can be taken:

  • Register with the local municipality: The first step is to register with the local municipality where you live in the Netherlands. This will provide you with a sticker for your passport and a citizen service number (BSN), which is required for many government services, including a DigiD for obtaining a driving licence.
  • Attend a theory course: Refugees from Ukraine must attend a theory course and pass the theory exam before being eligible to take the practical driving test. The course is also available in English.
  • Pass the theory exam: The theory exam tests your knowledge of traffic rules and regulations in the Netherlands. You can take the exam in Dutch and English. You can register for the theory exam at the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).
  • Take driving lessons: After passing the theory exam, you can start taking driving lessons with a qualified driving instructor. It is essential to take lessons from a certified instructor as they can help you learn the Dutch traffic rules and regulations and prepare you for the practical driving test.
  • Pass the practical driving test: Once you have taken driving lessons, you will need to pass the practical driving test. The driving test will be conducted by a certified examiner and will test your ability to drive safely and follow Dutch traffic rules and regulations.
  • Obtain a Dutch driving licence: After passing the practical driving test, you will receive a Dutch driving licence, which will be valid for ten years.
Dutch driving licence for refugees from Ukraine

It is important to note that the process of obtaining a Dutch driving licence can be time-consuming and costly. Therefore, it is recommended to start the process as soon as possible and seek guidance from local authorities or a qualified driving instructor.

No driving licence for Ukrainians covered by Temporary Protection Directive

Are you from the Ukraine and do you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD)? Then you will not get a driving licence from the municipality after a successful theory and practical driving test. Because of your status, Dutch law does not allow you to apply for a driving licence. However, it is possible to take driving lessons and tests (theory and practical), which can lead to the undesirable situation that you spend time and money on driving lessons and tests, without ending up with the desired driving licence.

So, are you planning to take theory or driving lessons? Then check carefully whether you can get your driving licence in the Netherlands. On the government’s website you can read whether you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive.

Are you a Ukrainian already in possession of a valid Ukrainian driving licence and do you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive? Then you do not need a Dutch driving licence.

Step by step explanation of obtaining a Dutch driving licence

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