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International bus licenses

Kiwa supplies Dutch nationals with services in the areas of road, air and water transport on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management. Kiwa issues well over 100.000 licenses to professionals and to companies. Kiwa Licensing has a long history of issuing licenses for the public sector. This results in a broad knowledge and experience when it comes to, (EU) law and regulations, qualifications verification, production and customer support.

Each bus company that has a community license (EU License) can apply for a cross-border regular transport license (international line service license). This application can be made on the basis of EU regulation 1073/2009 by an entrepreneur established in the Netherlands or by an entrepreneur established in the EU. 

Why apply for a international bus license at Kiwa? 

Kiwa is the only commercial licensing authority which issues international bus licenses. Because Kiwa is a company and not a government body, we are customer focussed and efficient. Meaning that Kiwa delivers licenses on average in half the time compared to other licensing authorities. Kiwa also provides full transparency and communication through a dedicated accountmanager. 

How to apply?

You can apply by filling out an application form and send it to Mr Daniel van der Kind, In order to send a complete application, please make sure the following documents are enclosed in that application: 

  • copy of a valid community license from the carrier;
  • a timetable schedule;
  • a driving and resting schedule of driving and rest times for the driver(s);
  • list of stopping points;
  • fare-rate overview;
  • a map to scale;
  • copy of a valid community license from the subcontractors and partners in the intended line. 

What happens after applying? 

The application will be processed immediately after the applicant has submitted all the documents and the invoice has been paid. After the submitted documents have been assessed and approved by Kiwa, the request for advice (approval or consent) is sent to all licensing authorities of the transit countries of the requested service (for example for a regular service Amsterdam-Madrid to Belgium, France, Spain). The approval for the Netherlands will be handled by Kiwa. The license will be drafted directly in order to deliver the license as soon as possible after receiving the approval of all the EU countries. The applicant must receive a decision on his application within 10 weeks after the application has been completed. 


Companies that have an interest in or questions about the application of international bus licenses can contact Kiwa Licensing through the contact form or through Mr Daniel van der Kind, accountmanager international bus licenses. 

His contact details are: