Driving licences issued by European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) member states are mutually recognised within these spaces.
When relocating within the EEA, the holder of a Luxembourg driving licence may apply to have their national driving licence exchanged for a license issued in their new country of residence. However, apart from a few exceptions, this is generally not a requirement.
Since 19 January 2013, all new driving licences issued in the EU are identical. They are made of plastic and resemble a credit card.
Valid driving licences remain valid and will be exchanged for a licence in the new format when they are renewed, or at the latest by 2033.
Relocating to an EEA country
Before moving to another country, the holder of a Luxembourg licence should ensure that their licence has not expired.
Temporary licences or certificates issued by Luxembourg are not recognised in other EEA countries.
Holders of a Luxembourg driving licence who are relocating to another country within the EU or EEA may drive using their current licence for as long as it remains valid, provided that their right to drive has not been suspended, restricted or cancelled in the country of issue.
The following categories are recognised in all EU countries: AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE, B1, B1E, C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE.
Validity of driving licences in EU countries
|Germany||15 years||Latvia||10 years|
|Austria||15 years||Lithuania||10 years|
|Belgium||15 years||Luxembourg||10 years|
|Bulgaria||10 years||Malta||10 years|
|Cyprus||15 years||The Netherlands||10 years|
|Denmark||15 years||Poland||15 years|
|Spain||10 years||Portugal||15 years|
|France||10 years||Czech Republic||10 years|
|Finland||10 years||Romania||10 years|
|France||15 years||United Kingdom||10 years|
|Greece||15 years||Slovakia||15 years|
|Hungary||10 years||Slovenia||10 years|
|Ireland||10 years||Sweden||10 years|
|Italy||10 years||Croatia||10 years|
Renewal/exchange of licence
The holder of a Luxembourg driving licence may only have their license renewed (or exchanged) by the authorities of their country of residence.
Several EEA countries require driving licences to be exchanged when their holder has committed a driving offence resulting in the restriction, suspension, or cancellation of the licence, or a loss of points.
To exchange a driving licence, in most cases the local authorities require a certificate of authenticity in addition to the usual documents needed to apply for a driving licence. The 'certificate of authenticity' is a document attesting to the applicant's right to drive. It is issued by the state that issued the licence and includes details concerning:
- the origin;
- the scope;
- the validity of the right to drive;
- and where necessary, an official translation.
In Luxembourg, this certificate may be issued in German, French or English. Applications for a certificate of authenticity should be sent to the Department of Transport (Département des transports), "Road Safety and Traffic" department, mentioning the licence holder's:
- driving licence number;
- date of birth;
- current address (to which the certificate will be sent).
Department of Transport
4, Place de l'Europe
Tel.: (+352) 247 - 84472
Fax: (+352) 26 47 89 48
The authorities of the country of residence will then send the holder a local driving licence in exchange for their Luxembourg licence. On receipt of the local licence, the licence holder is subject to the same rules as the nationals of their new country of residence as regards the validity of the licence, medical examinations, etc.
When the local licence is issued, the Luxembourg licence is taken from the applicant and returned to the issuing authorities.