Renewal of driving licences
You have to renew it before expiry by applying to the competent authorities of the state in which you have your normal residence.
In order to renew your
driving licence, you have to apply to the authorities of the
state where you have your normal residence. These will then
issue you with a national driving licence with all its
Directive 91/439/EEC provides for the application of the relevant national provisions. In the Netherlands the period of validity of driving licences is 10 years. The change of normal residence will therefore have effect on the period of validity of the Belgian licence. The validity will henceforth be 10 years as from the day of taking up residence in The Netherlands. After this period of ten years, the Belgian licence will have to be exchanged for a Netherlands licence with the same period of validity applicable to all citizens having their normal residence in the Netherlands.
No, in such case it is no longer possible to apply to the country of origin for the renewal of a driving licence. You must address the authorities of the country of normal residence. It is not possible to choose between the two states for the renewal of the licence.
When the driving licence expires and has to be exchanged a medical certificate may be required. This requirement differs according to the Member State. You are therefore advised to contact national authorities of the country of residence.
No, it is not necessary to provide a translation of your driving licence in the event of renewal in another Member State. Directive 91/439/EEC stipulates that the Member State effecting the exchange has to examine whether the licence submitted is still valid. It is, therefore, the host Member State's responsibility. However, Member States are bound to provide mutual assistance in the application of the directive and, where necessary, exchange information.
As a principle, acquired
rights are retained when a licence is renewed. Commission
Decision 2000/275/CE of 21 March 2000 (as rectified by Commission
Decision 2002/256/CE) on equivalences between the various
categories of driving licence confirms this principle.
|last update: 03-02-2009|