Importing a vehicle when moving to Luxembourg

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 procedures to be carried out with various organisations, in a specific order:

  • applying for a registration number (if necessary);
  • taking out a civil liability insurance policy;
  • paying the tax stamp;
  • customs clearance of the vehicle;
  • filing the administrative record with the 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.

The information and procedures in this section do not apply to foreign students who wish to further their studies in Luxembourg. Indeed, under the Luxembourg Highway Code, by virtue of attending a university or college in Luxembourg, students are not required to register their vehicle in Luxembourg.

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.

Prerequisites

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.

Preliminary steps

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 document should state how many parts there are.

Luxembourg registration number and number-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 standard-series number or a personalised number.

Unlike many foreign registration systems, the allocation of a registration number does not mean that the vehicle is registered, nor that it has automatically been accepted for registration.

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

Third-party insurance

Driving a road vehicle on a public highway requires a civil liability-type 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 future owner's name.

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.

Tax stamp

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 a vehicle is registered with a personalised registration number, an additional EUR 50 is payable on top of the standard tax stamp. 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.

The stamp may be purchased from one of the competent offices of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA – AED), or the tax can be paid by bank transfer to the following postal checking account: LU09 1111 7026 5281 0000.

Stamps are not sent by post.

If paying by bank transfer, the future owner must submit proof of transfer (debit notice) at the time of registration. The following information must appear on the proof of payment:

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

Tax stamps are also available from the SNCA Registration department. An additional EUR 3 is payable on top of the standard tax stamp.

Technical inspection

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 shall be considered valid if the vehicle is registered in Luxembourg. However, this certificate shall 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.

Costs

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 number;
    • or EUR 24 if the personalised number 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

Motor vehicle registration

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;
  • Droit de Chancellerie stamp(s);
  • the bill of sale, if needed;
  • proof of valid insurance;
  • customs document;
  • 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.

The customer can choose to carry out this procedure at any one of 3 SNCA sites:

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.

An original copy of all the documents that have to be produced must be submitted.

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.

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), a mandate and a copy of the future owner's ID document must be presented at the time of registration. In that case, it is important to ensure that all the documents state the name of the owner and not that of the representative.

Road tax

When registering the vehicle at the SNCA, the owner is issued 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 roads.

Parking permit

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

Demande en obtention d'un certificat d'immatriculation

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Mandat pour toute démarche nécessaire auprès de la Société nationale de circulation automobile

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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