On 1 January 2023, more than 11,5 million people had a Dutch driving license, 0,7 percent more than one year previously. The number of driving license holders increased most among young people under the age of 20 and the over-75s. Nevertheless, the number of young driver's license holders was still below the pre-corona level. Statistics Netherlands recently reported this on the basis of new figures on driving licences.
At the beginning of 20, the number of under-2023s with a driving license increased by 5,4 percent to 191 thousand compared to a year earlier. Before the start of the corona pandemic, at the beginning of 2020, 227 thousand people under 20 had a driving licence. Due to corona measures, driving lessons could sometimes not take place and driving exams were postponed.
More and more people over 75 with a driving license
At the start of 2023, 995 thousand people over the age of 75 had a driving license, 5,8 percent more than one year previously. This increase is partly due to the aging population and the associated increase in the number of over-75s. In addition, people over the age of 75 have a driving license relatively more often than in the past. Just under 14 percent of people in this age group were 85 or older.
More driver's licenses than cars among young people
At the beginning of 2023, the Netherlands had more than 6,8 million car owners. Some car owners have more than one car. In total, private individuals owned 7,8 million passenger cars. Not every driver's license holder is also a car owner; young people in particular more often have a driver's license than a car. At the beginning of this year, there were 1,8 million people under 30 with a driving license and 720 thousand car owners under the age of 30. Among the over-75s, the number of driving license holders (995 thousand) and the number of car owners (754 thousand) are closest to each other.
Highest driver's license possession in Staphorst
On 1 January 2023, 91,5 percent of residents aged 17 or older in both Staphorst and Rozendaal held a Dutch driving licence, the highest percentage in the Netherlands. This is followed by Tubbergen (91,2 percent) and Renswoude (90,7 percent). Driving license possession was lowest in Amsterdam at 61,8 percent, it said CBS.