A river licence authorises its holder to navigate on internal waters on a pleasure boat, a sail boat, or a motor boat of up to 20 metres long, or on a jet-ski, jet-bike, or any other watercraft with similar speed and manoeuvrability.
A coastal licence authorises its holder to pilot a pleasure boat of up to 7 metres long, with no habitable cabin, in maritime waters up to 3 nautical miles from the coast.
The coastal-plus licence authorises its holder to pilot a pleasure boat of up to 20 metres long in maritime waters up to 6 nautical miles from the coast.
The open-sea licence authorises its holder to pilor a pleasure boat of up to 24 metres long in maritime waters without any limitations to the navigational area.
To obtain one of these boat licences, the candidate must pass a written test and a practical test after having completed training offered by an organisation accredited by the Minister in charge of Maritime Affairs. Depending on the practical test chosen, the open-sea licence will be for the "sail and motor" category or simply the "motor" category.
Who is concerned
Any person who has reached the age of 16 and wishes to obtain a boat licence.
Parental authorisation is mandatory for minors.
Applicants for boat licences must pay a specific tax of EUR 48. The endorsement of a foreign boat licence costs EUR 36.
Renewing or replacing a boat licence, or the endorsement of a foreign boat licence, requires payment of a tax in the amount of EUR 24.
These taxes are paid using the adhesive tax stamp ('Droit de Chancellerie') provided by the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA - AED).
In addition to these taxes, fees will be charged by the accredited organisations to prepare for the exam.
How to proceed
Applying for the licence
To obtain a boat licence, candidates must apply directly to one of the accredited training organisations, which are in charge of preparing applicants for the boat licence examination.
Applications must specify the applicant's last name, first name, date and place of birth, nationality, domicile and/or residence, as well as the category of licence sought.
The following supporting documents must be attached:
- a medical certificate issued within the last 6 months certifying that the candidate has the necessary physical and mental aptitudes; a medical certificate issued for the purpose of obtaining a driving licence is considered valid;
- proof of payment of the special tax provided for by the related regulation;
- a recent passport photograph, in 45x35 mm format, on paper, full face at least 20 mm in height;
- a statement certifying that the applicant has passed the exam.
Endorsement of a foreign boat licence
Pleasure-boat pilots holding a foreign boat licence must apply to the Luxembourg Maritime Administration to have their licence endorsed, thereby authorising the holder to pilot a boat flying the Luxembourg flag, within the limits of the foreign licence.
Special case: navigation on the Upper-Sûre Lake
Before piloting a boat on the Upper-Sûre Lake, an application must be filed with:
Département de l'environnement
4, place de l'Europe
The following documents should be included with the application:
- a photograph of the boat;
- a copy of the applicant's identity card;
a copy of the bill of sale or sale contract for the boat.
The same form is used to report a change of address, the withdrawal of a boat from circulation, or a change in ownership.
Good to know
Interested parties who already own a recreational vessel can calculate the amount of registration tax due for that vessel using the online tool provided for that purpose.
Forms / Online services
Demande de reconnaissance d’un permis ou brevet de navigation étranger
Demande en obtention d’un permis de circulation pour bateau sur le lac de la Haute-Sûre
Demande de prolongation d’un permis de circulation pour bateau sur le lac de la Haute-Sûre