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Transportation

Driving with foreign registration plates

If you have registered as a resident in the Netherlands in the municipality where you live, but drive a car or motorcycle that is registered in your name in a foreign country and has foreign registration plates, then you should officially import the car or motorcycle and obtain Dutch registration plates. You may be liable to pay BPM (private motor vehicle tax) but there are exemptions if you are importing it as part of your household goods. You can read more about how to proceed at this link.

For the first 14 days of driving a car with foreign registration plates as a resident of the Netherlands, you can obtain an exemption from paying BPM (see this link).

If you have registered as a resident in the Netherlands and you drive a borrowed, rented or leased vehicle with a foreign registration plate, you will need to pay BPM if you drive for more than 14 days in the Netherlands. You can read about exemptions or how to file on the website of the Belastingdienst here.