Purchase of a vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg

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The purchase of a second-hand vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg is subject to certain conditions before you can be authorised to drive it on public highways.

Target audience: Anyone buying a vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg.

If you are buying a second-hand motor vehicle, you must register this vehicle and obtain a registration certificate from the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile - SNCA) before you can drive it on public highways.

There are a number of administrative procedures you have to carry out with various bodies, in a specific order:

  • applying for a registration number (if necessary);
  • taking out a civil liability insurance policy (third-party insurance);
  • paying the tax stamp;
  • submitting the administrative record to the SNCA.

When you buy a vehicle from a professional seller (dealer, garage, etc.), all the administrative formalities are generally taken care of by that seller.

Who is concerned?

Anyone living in Luxembourg and buying a second-hand vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg.

Garages and companies authorised to trade in road vehicles can carry out the procedure on behalf of their customers.

If the documents are submitted by a third party, that person must present a written power of attorney (mandate). In this case, it is important to ensure that the name of the holder, owner or keeper of the vehicle to be registered appears on all the documents, and not that of their representative (mandate holder).

Vehicles concerned

This procedure applies to the following vehicles:

  • cars;
  • motorcycles;
  • mopeds;
  • tricycles;
  • quadricycles;
  • camping-cars;
  • vans;
  • tractors and machinery with a maximum design speed that does not exceed 6 km/h and whose weight exceeds 600 kg;
  • trailers (including agricultural trailers towed at more than 40 km/h);
  • buses;
  • lorries;
  • articulated lorries.


Residence in Luxembourg

You must:

Bill of sale

A bill of sale serves as your proof of ownership and identifies the vehicle and yourself as its legal owner.

When the seller is:

  • a legal person: the document must be a sales invoice printed on letterhead paper, with the business's intra-community VAT number shown on it. Your signature as the buyer is not required on a sales invoice;
  • a natural person: the document must be a sales contract. This document must be signed by both parties. If the vehicle has been sold several times without being registered, the sales contracts must be traceable back to the person registered on the most recent registration certificate.

A number of details must appear on a bill of sale:

  • the date of issue;
  • details of the vehicle: the chassis number, the make (manufacturer) and model (commercial name);
  • information about the seller and buyer:
    • for natural persons: first name, surname, address, signature;
    • for legal persons: company name, address, VAT number;
  • the sales price, and whether or not VAT is included;
  • VAT-related data: the VAT on a vehicle must always be paid in the country of destination – i.e. the country where the vehicle is registered.

Registration certificate

The Luxembourg registration certificate (formerly known as the carte grise, or grey card) now consists of 2 parts:

  • a grey part (part 1); and
  • a yellow part (part 2).

Both parts of the certificate are required to register the vehicle. The seller has no obligation to give the registration certificate to the buyer. However, the seller must forward the registration certificate to the SNCA within 5 working days of the transfer.

The registration procedure for vehicles weighing less or more than 3.5 tonnes is identical.

Luxembourg registration number and licence plates

You must apply for a registration number before proceeding with the registration of the vehicle, or use a registration number that is still reserved in your name.

Unlike many foreign registration systems, the allocation of a registration number does not mean that the vehicle is registered, or that it has been automatically accepted for registration.

Once you have received confirmation that your registration number has been reserved, you must have the licence plate printed by a licence plate manufacturer.

If the vehicle that has been purchased or is to be purchased needs to be driven on public roads without being registered in the name of the new owner yet, it can be driven if it is:

  • fitted with red licence plates or licence plates bearing the number that will be used when the vehicle is registered; and
  • covered by civil liability insurance.

These conditions apply for the direct trip:

  • between the point of sale or vehicle warehouse and the place where the vehicle will be registered; and
  • to a garage or repair shop to undergo a repair, technical modification or conversion, or inspection.

Civil liability insurance

To drive a road vehicle on a public highway, a third-party liability insurance policy (RC Autos) must be taken out with an approved insurance company in Luxembourg.

As soon as you can provide the vehicle's chassis number and Luxembourg registration number, you can ask your insurer to issue an insurance policy. A valid insurance policy is required in order to register the vehicle in your name.

Technical inspection

When registering a vehicle that is already registered, the roadworthiness inspection documents for the vehicle must be current. As such, a valid technical inspection certificate issued for the vehicle by an approved technical inspection body in Luxembourg must be presented at the time of registration of the vehicle.

Vehicles not subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections must be covered by a conformity sticker.


In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself and the insurance fees, the following charges, in particular, will apply:

  • the cost of the licence plates to be purchased, if required;
  • additional registration and acceptance fees for any converted/modified vehicles;
  • if any, the cost of the roadworthiness inspection, or the cost of a roadworthiness sticker for vehicles not subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections (such as tractors and machines).

'Droit de Chancellerie' (stamp duty)

For a vehicle to be registered, you must pay stamp duty by purchasing a tax stamp (timbre fiscal or timbre de chancellerie) in the amount of EUR 50.

When a vehicle is registered with a personalised registration number, an additional EUR 200 is payable on top of the standard amount of stamp duty. In the event of the transfer of a personalised number from one vehicle to another vehicle that is to be registered, the duty payable is EUR 24.

Stamp duty can be paid:

  • at one of the competent offices of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA); or
  • by bank transfer into the account LU76 0019 5955 4404 7000 (BIC: BCEELULL).

If paying by bank transfer, you, as the future owner, must submit proof of the transfer (debit notice) at the time of registration.

The following information must appear on the proof of payment:

  • surname and first name;
  • specific reason for the transfer;
  • vehicle registration and chassis numbers.

Tax stamps are also available from the SNCA Registration department. In this case there will be a EUR 3 supplement for administrative fees.

How to proceed

Registering the motor vehicle

You must register the vehicle purchased in Luxembourg with the National Society for Automotive Traffic (SNCA). To do this, you must complete and sign the form 'Demande en obtention d'un certificat d'immatriculation' (see 'Online services and forms').

The applicant can choose to carry out this procedure at any one of the SNCA's 3 sites:

The Sandweiler, Esch-sur-Alzette and Fridhaff sites invite applicants to make an appointment to submit the administrative documents, either online or by phone on (+352) 26626 - 400.

You must submit the administrative documents in order to register your vehicle with the Luxembourg authorities and obtain a vehicle registration certificate in your name.

The person submitting the registration documents to the SNCA must bring their identity card. If the documents are submitted by a third party (a person other than the new/future owner of the vehicle), the third party must produce a mandate and a copy of the future registered holder's ID document at the time of registration. In that case, it is important to ensure that the name of the owner, and not that of the representative, appears on all of the documents.

Supporting documents

You must also enclose with your application:

  • the tax stamp(s) Droit de Chancellerie;
  • the bill of sale;
  • proof of valid insurance;
  • the registration certificate (parts 1 and 2);
  • the vehicle owner's/keeper's identity document;
  • a valid technical inspection certificate for vehicles subject to regular roadworthiness inspection;
  • the European certificate of conformity for vehicles registered for the first time after 1 February 2016.

Original copies of all required documents must be produced.

If the vehicle has been modified or converted and the modification(s)/conversion have not yet been registered on the registration certificate, the vehicle is subject to a conformity check and proof of the modification(s)/conversion must be produced.

Owner's obligations

Vehicle owners must inform the SNCA of any change of home address within one month.

Road tax

When registering the vehicle at the SNCA, you are issued a temporary road tax certificate, which is valid for 30 days.

Apart from some exceptions, all road vehicles registered in Luxembourg, and used on the public roads, are subject to road tax.

The Customs and Excise Agency (Administration des douanes et accises - ADA) sets the amount of the tax based on the data registered by the registration authorities and according to the applicable rates. The amount of the tax due is communicated to the tax debtor.

If payment of the road tax for the vehicle in question has been outstanding for:

  • fewer than 60 days: the Grand Ducal police and customs and excise officials may issue a fine of EUR 74;
  • more than 60 days: the Grand Ducal police and customs and excise officials may immobilise the vehicle on the public road.

The Customs and Excise Agency (ADA) now offers motorists the option to activate the eDelivery function for road tax invoices. All invoices relating to road tax (Autosteier) can now be sent to motorists' MyGuichet.lu private eSpace in electronic format (PDF).

To benefit from this service, you must first subscribe to the eDelivery function. Users can subscribe in their MyGuichet.lu private eSpace under 'My data', 'Transport', 'Road tax (Autosteier)'. This step is necessary to receive the ADA invoice in the electronic mailbox of the private eSpace.

Moreover, it is now possible to receive the road tax certificate by electronic means. You will need to activate the specific eDelivery function for this. Once the invoice has been paid, the tax certificate will be sent and you can print it out and keep it in your vehicle.

When you receive the new message and the tax certificate in your private eSpace, you will be notified by email.

Parking permit

Many communes now require motor vehicle owners to obtain a residential parking permit for the neighbourhood in which they live. Residents' parking permits are issued by the commune in question upon presentation of the vehicle's registration certificate.

Online services and forms

Who to contact

Central Office

National Society of Automotive Traffic

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Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority

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Automobile Club of Luxembourg


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