Teenage Driving in the Netherlands

The regulations affecting teenage drivers and learners in the Netherlands...

The legal age to drive a car (unsupervised) or motorcycle is 18. 16 year olds may drive a scooter, moped or microcar which has a design speed of under 45 Km/h with a valid AM licence.

On January 19, 2013, new driver licence categories were added in the Netherlands. The Class "A" motorcycle licence is now further defined by the vehicle's maximum cylinder capacity and power, and is categorised into A, A1 and A2 licences. Of these three categories, teenagers aged 18-19 are only eligible to apply for the A1 licence.

Drivers and passengers on both mopeds and motorbikes with maximum speeds faster than 45 Km/h must wear crash helmets. The use of handheld devices, such as mobile phones, is strictly forbidden when driving a scooter, moped, motorcycle, microcar or automobile.

Like other European countries, a driving licence (or passport for those who do not have a photo licence), vehicle registration papers and insurance documents must be carried at all times.

The Netherlands allows 0.2 grams per litre of blood for a driver that has held their licence for under five years. The limit for adult, experienced drivers is 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is punished by fines or custodial sentences for more serious offences. Refusing to submit to a breathalyser test will mean further penalties.

Learning to Drive

Licences are issued and renewed by the local authorities. The CBR (Driving Test Organisation) is the Dutch statutory body responsible for the administering of driving tests. The test itself consists of a theory and practical element. The theory part can be done in English.

Lessons are provided by private driving schools. Instructors will often speak English to a reasonable standard.


In the Netherlands, the 2toDrive scheme allows teenagers to start taking driving lessons from the age of 16.5, take the practical test for a B licence at the age of 17, and drive under the supervision of an experienced adult driver until they can drive independently at the age of eighteen.