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Non-European driving licence - Exchange

If you hold a valid driving licence issued by a recognised non-European country, you may drive on public roads for a maximum of 185 days from the date of your registration in Belgium.

However, you may need to exchange your non-European driving licence for a Belgian one.

You must exchange your non-European driving licence for a Belgian driving licence if you meet the following conditions:

  • You must have been registered in Belgium for at least 185 days
  • Your main residence must be located in the City of Brussels
  • You must be in possession of a valid driving licence issued by a non-European country recognised by Belgium and obtained before your registration in Belgium

These are the general requirements. Each application submitted to the City's departments is assessed on an individual basis. Special conditions may apply. 

1. Application for exchange of driving licence: with an External siteappointment taken online via MyBXL, at the counter of the Brucity Administrative Centre or the liaison offices of Laeken, Louise and Neder-Over-Heembeek.

Your exchange application is sent to the FPS Mobility for examination and approval.

2. Exchange: once you have received a favourable response from the FPS Mobility, you will be informed by the City of Brussels that your non-European driving licence can be exchanged for a Belgian licence. In this case, you need to take the following steps to order your driving licence:

  • Application: with an External siteappointment taken online via MyBXL, at the counter of the Brucity Administrative Centre or the liaison offices of Laeken, Louise and Neder-Over-Heembeek
  • Collection: without appointment, at the counter where the application was submitted.

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  • Valid ID card or Belgian residence card
  • Valid original non-European driving licence
  • Translation by a sworn translator if the original driver's license is not in French, Dutch or English
  • 1 recent passport photo on a white background in accordance with External siteICAO standards, not older than 6 months 

30 euros 

  • Exchange application: 5 working days
  • Driving licence application: 5 working days 

 

Last update on 07/06/2024

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