Examination rules

The civic integration examination is subject to a number of rules. If you do not abide by the rules, you cannot take the examination or your examination is rendered invalid.

Postponing an examination

DUO will send you a letter, explaining where and when you have to take the examination. If you are unable to make it on that day, you can choose another date.

You registered via Mijn Inburgering

In My Integration, you can change the date of the examination. This is possible up to 14 days before the examination.

You registered by filling in a form

Send a letter or an email to DUO. Ask for a new examination date. DUO must have received your letter or email 14 days before the examination.

You were registered by your school

If your school registered you for the examination, the school can change the examination date. This is possible up to 14 days before the examination.

Arrive in time

You have to arrive 45 minutes before the start of the examination.

Valid proof of ID

Before you start the examination, you have to show valid proof of ID, otherwise, you cannot take the examination. Your proof of ID should be undamaged. If you show false proof of ID, DUO can report you to the police.

What is valid proof of ID?
  • a Dutch passport
  • a Dutch ID card
  • a Dutch driving licence
  • a Dutch moped licence (driving licence AM with photograph)
  • a diplomatic passport
  • a service passport
  • a travel document for foreigners
  • a travel document for refugees
  • a Dutch residence document (a residence permit type I, II, III or IV)
  • a W-card
  • an EU, EEA or Swiss proof of ID or passport
  • an EU or EEA driving licence
  • proof of ID, travel document or driving licence from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, bearing a sticker from the IND that demonstrates you are permitted to be in the Netherlands (residence sticker)
  • a passport from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, with a letter from the IND that demonstrates you are permitted to stay in the Netherlands. The letter from the IND can be no more than six months old.

The examination is confidential

The contents of the examination are confidential. Before you start the examination, you have to sign a declaration. This declaration explains that you will treat the examination as confidential. This is why you are not permitted to take photos of the examination or copy the assignment.

More rules

  • You are not permitted to disturb others during the examination.
  • You are not permitted to bring children to the examination.
  • You are permitted to bring friends or family but they cannot enter the examination room.
  • You are not permitted to bring objects into the examination room such as paper, pens, study books, your coat, watch or telephone. These items must be kept in a locker.
  • Large items of luggage cannot be brought to the examination.

All rules

All examination rules can be found in the examination regulations (Dutch only).