When a person 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 bodies, in a specific order:
Each person who:
The information and procedures in this section do not apply to foreign students who wish study in Luxembourg. Under the Luxembourg Highway Code, students are not required to register their vehicle in Luxembourg by virtue of attending a university or school in Luxembourg.
In addition, when a natural person with their usual place of residence 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, provided that:
Any person taking up normal residence in Luxembourg must, as soon as they arrive in Luxembourg, declare their presence to the census office (Bureau de la population) of the communal administration of their new place of residence.
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 (EU). 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 .
A foreign registration document is required to register a vehicle in Luxembourg. All parts of this 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.
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.
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 the vehicle owner has received confirmation that a registration number has been reserved, they must have the licence plate printed by a licence plate manufacturer.
The registration procedure for vehicles weighing less or more than 3.5 tonnes is identical.
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 white 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.
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 Luxembourg.
When registering a vehicle that is already registered, the inspection documents for the vehicle must be current.
Roadworthiness inspection certificates for vehicles previously registered in another EEA Member State or in Switzerland that have been issued by the competent authorities of that State remain valid if the vehicle is registered in Luxembourg. However, the validity period of such certificates is that provided for by Luxembourg legislation.
The vehicle may also be taken to an approved technical inspection body in Luxembourg prior to registration.
Vehicles not subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections must be covered by a roadworthiness sticker.
In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself and the insurance fees, the following, in particular, are payable:
For a vehicle to be registered, the future owner 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 50 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 amount payable is EUR 24.
Stamp duty can be paid:
If paying by bank transfer, 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:
Tax stamps are also available from the SNCA Registration department. There will also be a EUR 3 supplement for administrative fees.
In order to register a vehicle previously registered in another country (EU or non-EU) in Luxembourg, applicants must apply to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA). To do so, they must submit the 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate' form (Demande en obtention d’un certificat d’immatriculation), completed and signed (see under 'Forms / Online services').
The applicant can choose to carry out this procedure at any one of the SNCA's 3 sites:
The Sandweiler, Esch-sur-Alzette and Marnach sites invite applicants to make an appointment to submit the administrative documents, either online or by phone on (+352) 26626 - 400.
By submitting the administrative documents, owners can register vehicles with the Luxembourg authorities and obtain a vehicle registration certificate in their own name.
The application must be accompanied by the following:
For vehicles originating from the EU, the European certificate of conformity must also be presented for vehicles registered for the first time after 1 February 2016.
Some documents may need to be translated by a sworn translator in Luxembourg.
No additional specific documents are required and the SNCA can proceed with the registration if:
For vehicles that do not have a European certificate of conformity the technical data is verified during registration.
However, it is necessary to go to an authorised technical service to have a technical report on the vehicle draw up if:
These different cases and the related procedures are also valid for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.
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 of the amount to be paid to the Customs and Excise Agency. Once payment has been made, the person will receive the permanent road tax receipt 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.
The Customs and Excise Agency (ADA) now offers the activation of the eDelivery function for road tax invoices. All invoices relating to road tax (Autosteier) can now be issued in electronic format (PDF) in the private eSpace on MyGuichet.lu.
To benefit from this service, interested parties must subscribe to the eDelivery function. Users can subscribe in their MyGuichet.lu private eSpace under 'My data' in the 'Transport' section, under 'Road tax (Autosteier)'. This step is necessary to receive the ADA invoice in the electronic mailbox of the private eSpace.
Deposits of new documents in the private eSpace will be notified by email.
Many communes now require motor vehicle owners to obtain a residential parking permit for the neighbourhood in which they live. Residents' parking permits are distributed by the commune in question upon presentation of a registration certificate.
Anyone wishing to settle in Luxembourg can have their foreign driving licence transcribed. In the event of loss, theft or renewal of a driver's licence, this step considerably simplifies administrative procedures.
It is now possible to use MyGuichet.lu without a LuxTrust product in order to make an appointment with the reception desk of the Customs and Excise Agency (Administration des douanes et accises - ADA).
The applicant selects:
Mandat pour toute démarche nécessaire auprès de la Société nationale de circulation automobile
Road tax (Autosteier) invoices
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Factures concernant la taxe sur les véhicules routiers (Autosteier)
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