If you’ve never driven a car before (joyriding not included!), you’ll start from scratch. That’s why Driving school Lima created a transparent and easy-to-follow plan according to the RIS-method (Drivingcourse In Steps).

Step 1


Learn how to control the car: steering, breaking etc.

Step 2


Do you see that bicycle? Who is behind you and what does the traffic sign further down the road indicate?

Step 3


A real good driver can almost sense what the car in front is going to do. He watches the boy on the bicycle to check if he is going to run that red light.

Practical exam

After getting your mandatory Theory Exam, the final step towards your Dutch driving license is the Practical Exam. This is a practical driving test. For your Practical Exam, you’ll go to the nearest CBR-location. CBR is the national Dutch Organization for Driving Exams. Your Practical Exam will be with a CBR examiner. On the day of the test, Driving school LIMA Amsterdam drives with you for 1 hour, so you are warmed up for the exam.

The Practical Exam takes 55 minutes, including the preliminary talk and concluding evaluation. First, the examiner checks your ID and explains how the exam works. He also checks your eye sight, having you read out loud a license plate of a car in the parking lot. As you walk up to the car, usually there are a few technical questions. You’ll be driving in the vicinity of CBR. The drive does include entering and exiting the highway. You’ll be asked to perform two of the three special maneuvers (parking, turning around or a stop and go assignment). Your skills in independent driving will be tested, either by navigating using gps, following a cluster of instructions, or by driving towards an orientation point like a highrise building. After the Practical Exam, the examiner gives you the Exam result and motivates his decision.

Enjoyable driving in Amsterdam

Theory exam

The exam for the Dutch driving license includes a mandatory Theory Exam. For your Theory Exam, you’ll go to the nearest CBR-location. CBR is the national Dutch Organization for Driving Exams. To prepare for this Exam, with Driving school LIMA you have the support of our experienced English speaking trainer. In small groups there’s enough room for all your questions about Dutch driving culture. We know it’s different! LIMA candidate drivers get access to the Online Practice Module in English for Theory. For more information, see our rates.

You can take the Dutch Theory Exam in English. The Theory Exam takes one hour and consists of 65 multiple choice questions. 25 Questions test your recognition of dangerous situations in traffic. With 12 or less mistakes, you will have passed this part of the Exam. The other 40 questions test your knowledge of the traffic rules. In this section, you are only allowed 5 wrong answers, to pass the Exam. At the end of the hour you immediately get the results of your Exam.


Responsible and sustainable driving

LIMA has been at the forefront of sustainable driving in Amsterdam for fifteen years. We started out with a Volvo V40, the most sustainable manual car of its time. Later we added a Tesla Model 3. At the start of 2024 we decided that it was the right time to fully convert to electric cars. At LIMA, you will now always be driving a Tesla, either the Model 3 or the Model Y. 

Contact us

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about (or just want to purchase) one of our packages, or to make an appointment for a trial lesson of €65,- for one hour.

You can contact us by phone or email:

06-24577744 (SMS or WhatsApp)

If you would rather have us call you back, than please send us your name, email and phonenumber and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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