Periodic motor vehicle inspection (APK)

The algemene periodieke keuring, APK (periodic technical inspection) is a mandatory inspection in Europe for traffic safety and environment protection. A car needs its first APK when it is 3 years old, and after that, every year.


The APK monitors the vehicle's technical standards, and helps to keep the roads safe. Prices of the APK vary, so it is wise to check several APK checking stations (local garages recognised by the RDW can also do the inspection).


It is your personal responsibility to arrange the APK on time. Nobody is going to tell you that it is time for your APK. Driving around in a car without APK means that the RDW will send you an invoice with a huge fine.






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