When a person from another country moves to Luxembourg on a permanent basis, they are required to register their vehicle in Luxembourg within 6 months of the date of their declaration of arrival in their commune of residence.
There are a number of administrative formalities to be carried out with various bodies, and in a specific order. These include:
- applying for a registration number (if need be);
- taking out a civil liability insurance policy;
- paying the tax stamp;
- customs clearance of the vehicle;
- filing the administrative record with the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile – SNCA).
Who is concerned
Any non-resident who is about to move, or who has already moved, to Luxembourg from another country, and who wishes to import their vehicle.
In addition, when a a natural person who is normally resident in Luxembourg is provided with a vehicle by a company whose registered office is located in a different EEA Member State, that vehicle need not be registered in Luxembourg. This applies so long as the person in question uses the vehicle themselves as an administrator, manager or employee of the company, and the vehicle is properly registered in the country where that company has its registered office.
Any person taking up normal residence in Luxembourg must, as soon as they arrive in a Luxembourg commune, declare their presence to the census office (Bureau de la population) of the communal administration of their new place of residence.
Bill of sale
The bill of sale is a form of proof of ownership enabling the identification of the vehicle and its owner.
To register a vehicle in Luxembourg, the bill of sale is needed when the holder of the registration document is not specified thereon as the owner of the vehicle.
This is commonly the case in many countries of the European Union. The holders named on the registration document in section 'C.1.' or 'C.3.', or for whom the registration document contains a form of wording to the effect that 'the holder of the registration certificate is not identified as the owner of the vehicle' or 'This document is not proof of ownership', must present a bill of sale if they wish to register the vehicle in their name.
Foreign registration documents
A foreign registration document is required to register a vehicle in Luxembourg. All the various parts of that registration document must be provided. In the EU, many countries issue a two-part registration certificate for registered vehicles. The number of parts is usually displayed on the document.
Luxembourg registration number and licence plates
Before starting the process, owners must apply for a registration number for the vehicle that they wish to purchase.
Applicants can choose either a number from the current series or a personalised number.
Once confirmation has been received that a registration number has been reserved, the licence plate must be printed by a licence plate manufacturer.
Civil liability insurance
Driving a vehicle on a public highway requires a civil liability insurance policy (RC Autos) to be taken out with an approved insurance company in Luxembourg.
As soon as future owners are in a position to provide the vehicle chassis number and Luxembourg registration number, they can ask their insurer to issue a green card and proof of insurance (in the form of a sticker), establishing that the owner has an insurance policy that covers motor vehicle civil liability.
Proof of a valid insurance policy is required in order to register the vehicle in the name of the future owner.
Clearing customs and, where necessary, paying Luxembourg VAT
When a person wishes to register their foreign-registered vehicle in Luxembourg, they must have the vehicle cleared through customs in Luxembourg to obtain a 705 tax disc (vignette), which is required for permanent registration in the Grand Duchy.
To register the vehicle, the owner must purchase a so-called tax stamp (droit de chancellerie or timbre de chancellerie) in the amount of EUR 50.
When the vehicle is registered with a personalised registration number, an additional EUR 50 is payable on top of the standard tax stamp. If a personalised number is transferred from one vehicle to another vehicle that is to be registered, the duty payable is EUR 24.
The stamp can be purchased from one of the relevant offices of the Indirect Tax Authority(Administration de l’enregistrement et des domaines – AED), or the tax can be paid by bank transfer to the following bank office account number: LU09 1111 7026 5281 0000.
If paying by bank transfer, the future owner must submit proof of payment (notification of debit) at the time of registration. The following information must be shown on the proof of payment:
- surname, first name;
- specific reason for the bank transfer;
- vehicle registration and chassis number.
Tax stamps are also available from the SNCA Registration department. An additional EUR 3 is payable on top of the standard tax stamp.
When registering a vehicle that is already registered, the inspection documents for the vehicle must be current.
The roadworthiness inspection certificate for a vehicle previously registered in another EEA Member State or in Switzerland that has been issued by the competent authorities of that State will be considered valid if the vehicle is registered in Luxembourg. However, this certificate will not be valid for longer than the period allowed under Luxembourg law.
The vehicle may also be taken to a certified technical inspection body in Luxembourg prior to registration.
Vehicles not subject to periodic technical inspections must be covered by a roadworthiness sticker.
In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself and the insurance fees, the following are payable, in particular:
- VAT in Luxembourg for any vehicle considered to be new, or originating outside the EU;
- EUR 50 in tax stamps to register the vehicle, as well as:
- EUR 50 for a personalised numberplate;
- or EUR 24 if the personalised numberplate is being transferred;
- licence plates;
- additional registration and acceptance testing fees for any new vehicles purchased outside the EU, or for vehicles that have been converted/modified;
- if any, the fees for technical inspection or a conformity sticker for vehicles not subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections.
How to proceed
When a foreign-registered vehicle is registered in Luxembourg, it must be declared to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA) by submitting the following documents:
- an application for a registration certificate, completed and signed;
- the tax stamp(s);
- the bill of sale, if needed;
- proof of valid insurance;
- the customs document;
- the foreign registration documents;
- a valid technical inspection certificate for vehicles subject to regular technical inspection;
- the European certificate of conformity for vehicles registered for the first time after 1 February 2016;
- a photograph of the manufacturer's plate for vehicles registered for the first time after 1 February 2016.
The customer can choose to register their vehicle at any one of 3 SNCA sites:
- in northern Luxembourg (Wilwerwiltz);
- in central Luxembourg (Sandweiler);
- and in the south of the country (Esch-sur-Alzette).
The Sandweiler, Esch-sur-Alzette and Wilwerwiltz sites invite applicants to make an appointment to submit the administrative documents, either online or by phone on (+352) 26626 - 400.
Original copies of all required documents must be produced.
If the vehicle is not covered by a European certificate of conformity—for example, the vehicle originating outside the European Union—or if the documents attesting to the vehicle's conformity are incomplete or show inconsistencies, a vehicle conformity check will be required.
By submitting the administrative documents, owners can register vehicles with the Luxembourg authorities and obtain a vehicle registration certificate in their own name.
When registering the vehicle at the SNCA, the owner is issued with a temporary road tax disc which is valid for 30 days.
Apart from some exceptions, all vehicles registered in Luxembourg, and used on the public highway, are subject to road tax.
The person in whose name the vehicle is registered is notified, by post, by the Customs and Excise Agency, of the amount payable. Once payment has been made, the person will receive the permanent road tax disc by post.
If the road tax for the vehicle in question remains unpaid for more than 60 days, the Grand-Ducal Police and customs and excise officers may immobilise the vehicle on public highways.
Many communes now require motor vehicle owners to obtain a permit to park in the neighbourhood where they live. Residents' parking permits are distributed by the commune in question upon submission of a registration certificate.
Conversion of foreign driving licence
Any person wishing to take up residence in Luxembourg is advised to have their foreign driving licence converted as soon as possible. Doing so makes the administrative procedures considerably less burdensome in case of loss, theft or renewal of the licence.
Forms / Online services
Mandat pour toute démarche nécessaire auprès de la Société nationale de circulation automobile
Who to contact
Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority1-3, Avenue Guillaume
B.P. 31 L-2010
Phone : (+352) 247 80800Fax : (+352) 247 90400
Customs Office – East, Grevenmacher6, rue de la Moselle
Phone : (+352) 2818 - 3000Fax : (+352) 2818 - 3290Mon.-Fri. from 8.00 to 17.00
Customs Office – Diekirch North2, rue Clairefontaine
Phone : (+352) 81 70 45-1Fax : (+352) 81 70 45-71
Customs office – Luxembourg-Howald Customs CentreCroix de Gasperich
Phone : (+352) 28 18-1Fax : (+352) 28 18 41 00Mon.-Fri. from 8.00 to 17.00
Customs Agency – Disputes and Cooperation Department22, rue de Bitbourg
Phone : (+352) 28 18 28 18Fax : (+352) 28 18 92 00
The eDouane (eCustoms) Helpdesk
Phone : (+352) 28 18 20 00Fax : (+352) 28 18 92 01
Alcohol licence – Customs and Excise AgencyCentre douanier Luxembourg-Howald Croix de Gasperich - rue in Bouler
Phone : (+352) 28 18 - 1Fax : (+352) 2818 - 4150
Assignment of vehicle registration numbers11, route de Luxembourg
Phone : (+352) 26626 - 400