If you intend to import car when you move to the Netherlands, you need to fulfill certain demands requested by the RDW (Road Traffic and Transport Authority) and the Tax Office (Belastingdienst)
- Pay for and acquire a vehicle registration certificate
- Pay motor vehicle tax BMP (Bijzondere Verbruiksbelasting van Personenauto’s)
- Obtain Dutch number plates to replace your impart car plates
- Take out insurance, at least third party insurance
- Vergunning vrijstelling BPM bij verhuizing or
- Vergunning vrijstelling voor verhuisgoederen (if moving from a country outside the EU)
Attach the following documents with the vergunning vrijstelling BPM bij verhuizing form:
- proof of registration with Municipal Administration (GBA) where you will be staying in the Netherlands (€10)
- proof of registration with Municipal Administration you are coming from
- copy of passport
- copy of vehicle registration
- copy of proof of purchase
- copy of rental or ownership contract of the place you are coming from
- copy of previous employment contract
- copy of health insurance before moving to the Netherlands
Attach the following documents with the Vergunning vrijstelling voor verhuisgoederen form:
- copy passport + visum (mvv);
- proof of registration with Municipal Administration (GBA) where you will be staying in the Netherlands (€10);
- copy of employment contract;
- copy of employer’s declaration;
- copy of work permit or knowledge migrant permit;
- copy of rental contract;
- copy of vehicle registration;
- copy of proof of purchase.
After having done that, you need to send the filled out form to the following address:
Douane Zuid, afdeling verhuisboedel
5600 HL Eindhoven
You should wait for their reply stating whether or not the exemption authorization has been granted to import car. Once you receive the authorization letter, you need to make an appointment at an inspection station of the Dutch Transport Authority (RDW) so that your car can be inspected. The closest RDW inspection station to Maastricht is in Elsloo. Don’t forget to take the authorization letter with you!
The car inspection takes approximately an hour and costs about € 150. You will receive a BMP form which you need to fill out and hand it in to the Customs BPM Office, located in the same building of the RDW inspection station. After having submitted the BPM return and paid the due BPM fee, unless authorization is granted, you will automatically receive a vehicle registration certificate by post within 5 working days.
After that, it is your responsibility to obtain a Dutch license plate. You can get one at a certified garage by presenting the vehicle registration certificate for your import car.
Here is a list of authorized licence plate manufacturers
Business Park Stein 160
6181 MA Elsloo
Tel: (+31) 598 39 33 30.
Tel: (+31) 43 366 71 01/2
Fax: (046) 437 066