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I lost my registration code: what should I do?

When you have a license plate transferred to your name, you will receive the registration code. The registration code consists of 9 digits. You will receive the first part of the code during the registration process; this is on the registration certificate. The second part of the code is in the letter you will receive from RDW a few days later, together with your registration certificate. The code should be kept in a safe place, but it may happen that you lose the registration code by accident. What should you do then? You can read it on Alpina.nl!

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Why is the registration code important?

If you are happy with your car and you are just using it, you don't need to have the registration code handy. However, there are some situations where you will need the registration code. For example, if you are going to buy the car:

  • Sell
  • Demolition
  • Suspension
  • Trade-in
  • Execute

If you sell the car and transfer the registration number to another owner's name, you must use the registration code to prove that you are indeed the owner of the car. Without the registration code, you cannot register the car.

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Lost registration code: should I apply for a new one?

Have you lost the letter with the second part of the registration code? Or you only find out when you are transferring or suspending the car that you can no longer find the code? No problem. If you have lost the registration code, you can request a new one through the RDW. You are not the only one who loses the registration code: according to the RDW, about 200,000 new registration codes are requested every year. When a vehicle changes hands, the registration code is also frequently lost. This is especially annoying if you were just about to register the car. Fortunately, you can immediately download a new registration code when you log in with your DigiD. This means you don't have to wait days for the new code to arrive in the mail.

How to request a new registration code?

You can apply for a new registration code via the RDW website. You can follow the following steps when applying.

  1. Go to 'Lost car registration code' and log in via the button 'Download registration code directly'.
  2. Log in with your DigiD.
  3. Pay the costs of €1 with iDeal
  4. You will then receive two e-mails from RDW. The second e-mail will contain the link to your new registration code

The new registration code is valid for 40 days. Therefore, download it immediately and save it well. As soon as you have your new registration code, the old code is no longer valid.

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