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Now, ten years later, an updated version follows with a new look, other safety features, a different back and a new contact chip.

The Dutch registration certificate is about to undergo a change, with various adjustments being made in both appearance and functionality. These innovations are being introduced by the National Road Transport Agency (RDW) and are scheduled for release from June 11, 2024. This new design marks a decade since the introduction of the one-piece credit card-sized registration certificate, which at the time was a modernization intended to improve the use and improve safety.

"The previous contract for the production of the registration certificate ended after 10 years. A new tender was therefore necessary. We also took this opportunity to renew the registration certificate. The most visible changes are the new appearance, the contact chip."

De planned adjustments to the registration certificate include not only a new appearance but also advanced safety features. These security features are designed to prevent fraud and ensure the authenticity of the document. In addition, the back of the registration certificate will have a new layout, which varies depending on the vehicle category. This makes it possible to make specific, relevant data per vehicle type immediately visible.


Since January 1, 2014, the Dutch registration certificate, better known as the registration card or eVR, has been equipped with an integrated chip. This technological addition is in line with EU regulations aimed at increasing security and combating fraud within the member states. The chip stores vital data about both the vehicle and its holder, providing a fast and secure way to verify relevant information. A technological advancement is the introduction of a new contact chip on the registration certificate. 

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This chip will contain the same data as on the proof itself, but offers digital accessibility that allows for quick verification. However, this chip is not suitable for reading out new software required, which will be available on the RDW website from mid-May. 

It is still unclear what the impact of this new technology will be on the current readout software, developed by ICT service providers and tested in the Practical Test of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) in the past year. A new Practical Test is planned for July 1, 2024, which may provide more clarity about the integration of the old and new systems. An important detail in the new Central Taxi Database (CDT) regulations is the registration of the registration certificates of all taxis on the portal of a ICT Service Provider by reading the chip on the card.

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The impact of this new technology on the current readout software, developed by ICT service providers and tested in the Practical Test of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) in the past year, is still unclear.

Another important aspect of this innovation is the adjustment in the provision of the certificate of conformity. The RDW will no longer issue a certificate of conformity for light commercial vehicles; instead, the towing details will be stated directly on the back of the registration certificate.

These changes reflect the RDW's ongoing efforts to modernize and secure vehicle registration administration, taking into account both technological advances and the needs of vehicle owners and users. The official regulations supporting these changes can be found in the Registration and registration certificates regulations, which provides detailed information about these new procedures.

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Looking ahead to the rollout of these new registration certificates, both the RDW and users are preparing for a smooth transition while maintaining the validity of previously issued registration certificates, ensuring seamless integration of the new and old systems.

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