Permanently deregistering a vehicle

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When a vehicle registered in Luxembourg is permanently deregistered, its owner or holder must inform the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile – SNCA) within 5 days.

Who is concerned?

Each person residing in Luxembourg and planning to:

  • sell the vehicle;
  • export the vehicle;
  • scrap the vehicle.


In the event of the export of a vehicle, an export certificate is issued against payment of EUR 19.80.

Payment may be made either directly at the SNCA counter or by wire transfer to the account IBAN LU55 0019 4755 8078 4000 – BIC: BCEELULL before submitting or sending the request by post; the vehicle's (or vehicles') registration number(s) must be indicated in the 'reference' area of the wire transfer, and proof of the bank debit must be submitted with the application.

How to proceed

Procedures for deregistering a vehicle

Once a road vehicle registered in Luxembourg has been transferred, sold, exported or destroyed, the owner or keeper of the vehicle in question must inform the SNCA, within 5 business days, using the downloadable form to declare the vehicle deregistration, duly completed and signed.

This declaration may be made:

  • either by registered letter to the SNCA;
  • or by going in person to one of the SNCA sites with the required documents.

The vehicle can also be deregistered online via the procedure on the platform.

If the road vehicle is transferred or sold to a new owner living in Luxembourg, or is destroyed, the person making the declaration must attach Parts I and II of the registration certificate to the notice.

If the road vehicle is exported or sold to a new owner living abroad, the person must attach Parts I and II of the registration certificate to the notice. In this case, an export certificate will be issued by returning the two parts of the registration certificate (Parts I and II) bearing the words 'unregistered vehicle'. This will enable the vehicle to be registered abroad.

Reimbursement of the road tax following the permanent deregistration of a vehicle

When deregistering a vehicle temporarily or permanently, as well as in the case of the transcription of a vehicle subject to tax, the tax paid in excess may be refunded under the following conditions:

  • the amount of the tax to reimburse is more than EUR 1;
  • the tax disc must be sent or handed in to the competent tax collector of the Customs and Excise Agency at the latest 60 days after its end of validity, with the indication of the IBAN number of a bank account with an accredited financial establishment in Luxembourg.

The deregistration or transcription date of the vehicle as registered in the database of the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works is taken into account to calculate the amount of the tax to be reimbursed.

The tax collector from the Customs and Excise Agency reimburses the amount of the tax paid in excess, at the rate of 1/365 per day not yet passed of the annual tax year, to the bank account indicated by the debtor. The amount to be paid is rounded down to the next Euro.

Annual lump-sum taxes for classic vehicles are not reimbursed.

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Who to contact

National Society of Automotive Traffic

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Central Office

Ministry of Mobility and Public Works

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Related procedures and links


Applying for a duplicate of the document issued by the SNCA


Further information

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