Understanding the points-based driving licence

The Luxembourg points-based driving licence, which came into effect on 1 November 2002, is an administrative-law instrument based on a weighted deduction of points depending on the offence committed. Loss of all of the points initially available to each holder of a driving licence results in suspension of the licence.

Who is concerned

The points-based driving licence does not have an exception for professional drivers, and applies to all drivers on the road, including non-Luxembourg residents.

Those who do not hold a Luxembourg driving licence are granted a virtual licence, which also starts with 12 points, upon entering the country. If the driver violates the traffic laws, the virtual licence will be docked the number of points attached to the offence committed.

In practical terms, in the event of a suspension of driving privileges (by losing all 12 points), holders of a Luxembourg licence will not have the right to drive anywhere. The licence will be physically confiscated by the police. This also applies to holders of EEA licences who are normally resident in Luxembourg.

In all other cases, the Luxembourg authorities may not physically confiscate the licence. However, the loss of the points will still result in a ban on driving a motor vehicle or moped in Luxembourg for the duration of the suspension.

How to proceed

The points deduction system

Each driving licence begins with a balance of 12 points. The balance is reduced automatically by a given number of points, based on the type of offence committed.

The points-based system provides each holder of a driving licence a margin for error, because it essentially targets long-term behaviour, and therefore affects people who commit multiple offences over time.

Under no circumstances will a driver's points be reduced to zero all at once.

Where a single act corresponds to several offences, only the largest reduction of points is applied. Where a driver successively commits several offences (for example: excessive speed one day, then the same individual's failure to stop at a red light the following day), the reduction in points is applied for each offence, up to a limit of:

  • 6 points, where the offences are all misdemeanours;
  • 8 points, where there is at least one felony among the offences.

The reduction in points pursuant to a court decision takes effect when the decision becomes final. A reduction in points due to a warning coupled with a fine takes effect when the fine is paid.

Drivers may see how many points remain on their driving license on MyGuichet, by logging into their Private eSpace. There, they can click on the tab 'My data', then 'Authentic sources' and 'Transport', and finally on the tab 'Points-based driving licence'.

Offences resulting in a loss of points

Involuntary manslaughter

6 points

Felony speeding

6 points

Drunk driving – blood alcohol ≥ 1.2 ‰ or a repeated offence within 2 years (blood alcohol ≥ 0.5 ‰ and < 1.2 ‰)

6 points

Driving under the influence of drugs or medications

6 points

Refusal to submit to screening for alcohol, drugs or medications

6 points

Unintentional injuries

4 points

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 % of the maximum allowed speed, with the excess being greater than 40 km/h

4 points

Driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol ≥ 0.8 ‰ and < 1.2 ‰)

4 points

Driving without a valid driving licence

4 points

Driving uninsured

4 points

Failure to stop

4 points

Vehicles carrying 10 % or more over the maximum authorised weight

4 points

Driving more than 15 km/hour over the speed limit in the city, more than 20 km/hour over the speed limit in open country, or more than 25 km/hour over the speed limit on the highway

2 points

Driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol ≥ 0.5 ‰ and < 0.8 ‰)

2 points

Defective tyres

2 points

Failure to yield or failure to comply with a signal such as a red light or stop sign

2 points

Refusal to yield to a pedestrian

2 points

Overtaking where it is not allowed (including attempting to overtake)

2 points

Driving the wrong way on a one-way street

2 points

Violation of rules specific to highways and roads for motor vehicles

2 points

Driving a vehicle that is not validly registered or without a valid roadworthiness inspection certificate

2 points

Non-compliance with the minimum safety distance between vehicles

2 points

Failure to wear a seatbelt or failure to use child car seats as required by regulations

2 points

Not wearing a safety helmet

2 points

Using a telephone or tablet computer at the wheel

2 points

Refusal to obey the orders of law enforcement officials

2 points

Drivers may see how many points remain on their driving licence on MyGuichet, by logging into their Private eSpace. There, they can click on the tab 'My data', then 'Authentic sources' and 'Transport', and finally on the tab 'Points-based driving licence'.

Notice to the offender

The points-based driving licence legislation includes a formal requirement that the law enforcement officer inform the offender of the number of points that will be lost upon payment of the fine for an offence resulting in a reduction in points.

When the fine is paid, offenders must sign a statement certifying that they have received this information. The statement is included in the model fined caution.

The offender is also duly informed by registered letter of any points reduction, so they are always aware of the number of points remaining to them. Any increase in the number of points available will be notified to the person in question by ordinary letter.

Drivers may see how many points remain on their driving licence on MyGuichet, by logging into their Private eSpace. There, they can click on the tab 'My data', then 'Authentic sources' and 'Transport', and finally on the tab 'Points-based driving licence'.

Driving licence suspension

If all 12 points have been lost, driving privileges are suspended.

The suspension remains in effect for a period of 12 months. If the holder of a driving licence loses all 12 points for the second time in 3 years following the end of the first suspension, the duration of the suspension is doubled to 24 months.

Unlike court-ordered driving bans or an administrative withdrawal of a licence, the suspension of the right to drive in connection with the points-based licence allows for no deviation from the rules, as might otherwise be the case to take account of the need to drive for work, for example.

This approach is justified by the fact that the measure applies only to those who have committed multiple offences at different times, and therefore allows people the opportunity to modify their behaviour based on the number of remaining points after one or more offences. Thus, each person is responsible for managing their own points.

How to recover a driving licence after a suspension of the right to drive

During the suspension period, the driver must take a 5-day awareness course (a 12-point course) offered at the Driving Safety Training Centre (Centre de formation pour conducteurs) in Colmar-Berg.

The purpose of the course is to reinforce participants' awareness of the dangers of driving and their understanding of the responsibility required of drivers.

At the end of the suspension period, the driver is reissued with all 12 points.

How can drivers recover points?

By behaving responsibly behind the wheel

Holders of driving licences who lose some of their points and who, for a period of 3 consecutive years, do not commit any additional offences (resulting in a loss of points) will have their 12 points restored in full.

This period begins to run either on the date when the last conviction for one of the listed offences becomes final or on the date when the person in question has paid their last cautioned fine for one of these offences.

The duration of the suspension of the right to drive, the duration of a court-ordered driving ban without exception and without a stay, and the duration of an administrative withdrawal of a driving licence are not counted when calculating the aforementioned 3-year period.

By voluntarily taking an awareness course

Drivers who have lost some of their points may, once every 3 years, recoup 3 points by participating in a one-day awareness course offered at the Driving Safety Training Centre in Colmar-Berg.

Course registration is by telephone. The course is approximately 7 hours long.

The purpose of the course is to reinforce participants' awareness of the dangers of driving and their understanding of the responsibility required of drivers.

After the course, the Department of Transport at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure is informed of the driver's participation. The candidate automatically receives 3 points (at most), but the total number of points on the licence may not exceed 12.

Forms / Online services

Authentic sources

Points-based driving licence

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Permis à points

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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Driving licence details

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Détail du permis

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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Diese Informationen werden von der Behörde für den zur Verarbeitung erforderlichen Zeitraum gespeichert.

Die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sind die im Rahmen Ihres Antrags zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörden. Um die Empfänger der in diesem Formular erfassten Daten zu erfahren, wenden Sie sich bitte an die für Ihren Antrag zuständige Behörde.

Gemäß der Verordnung (EU) 2016/679 zum Schutz natürlicher Personen bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten und zum freien Datenverkehr haben Sie das Recht auf Zugang, Berichtigung und gegebenenfalls Löschung Ihrer personenbezogenen Informationen. Sie haben zudem das Recht, Ihre erteilte Einwilligung jederzeit zu widerrufen.

Weiterhin können Sie, außer in Fällen, in denen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten verpflichtend ist, Widerspruch einlegen, wenn dieser rechtmäßig begründet ist.

Wenn Sie diese Rechte ausüben und/oder Einsicht in Ihre Informationen nehmen möchten, können Sie sich unter den im Formular angegebenen Kontaktdaten an die zuständige Verwaltungsbehörde wenden. Sie haben außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei der Nationalen Kommission für den Datenschutz Beschwerde einzulegen (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette).

Wenn Sie Ihren Vorgang fortsetzen, akzeptieren Sie damit, dass Ihre personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihres Antrags verarbeitet werden.

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