Taking the driving test

Driving licences, regardless of their category, must be obtained through an approved driving school in Luxembourg.

The procedures and conditions for obtaining a licence, including the minimum age required (ranging from 16 to 21), may vary from one category to another.

In order to obtain the driving licence, the candidate must take theoretical and practical training. The duration of the training and the driving lessons varies depending on the candidates' skills and if they already hold another category of licence.

Who is concerned

The practical test for the driving licence is open to any person residing in Luxembourg and meeting the minimum age limit required, i.e.:

  • 16 years for the following categories of licence:
    • AM: mopeds and light quadricycles;
    • A1: light motorcycles and tricycles whose power does not exceed 15 kW;
    • F: tractors;
  • 18 years for the following categories of licence:
    • A2: motorcycles with a maximum power of 35 kW and a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg;
    • B: automotive vehicles carrying no more than 9 persons, with a maximum authorised mass of 3.5 tonnes;
    • C1: automotive vehicles with a maximum authorised mass of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, carrying no more than 9 persons;
    • C1E: vehicle combination consisting of a category C1 or B towing vehicle and a trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 750 kg or 3.5 tonnes, but where the maximum authorised mass of the combination cannot exceed 12 tonnes;
  • 20 years for the following categories of licence:
    • A: motorcycles;
  • 21 years for the following categories of licence:
    • A: tricycles;
    • C: automotive vehicle with a maximum authorised mass of more than 3.5 tonnes, carrying no more than 9 persons;
    • CE: vehicle combination consisting of a category C towing vehicle and a trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 750 kg;
    • D1: automotive vehicle carrying no more than 17 passengers and of a maximum length of 8 metres;
    • D1E: vehicle combination consisting of a category D1 towing vehicle and a trailer with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 750 kg;
  • 24 years for motor vehicles designed to transport more than 9 persons in categories D and DE.

Prerequisites

Candidates must be fit to drive a vehicle.

They must therefore undergo a medical examination carried out by a general practitioner or internist in Luxembourg. The physician must, if such is the case, attest that the candidate possesses the required physical and mental abilities.

As a result, a driving licence cannot be issued if the applicant:

  • suffers from:
    • severe arrhythmia;
    • angina at rest or in a state of high emotion;
  • has a dependency on:
    • alcohol or is unable to stop drinking and driving;
    • psychotropic substances or regularly abuses them without being dependent on them;
  • regularly consumes psychotropic substances:
    • in any form that could impair their ability to drive safely;
    • if the amount absorbed negatively impacts driving ability. The same applies to any other medicinal product or combination of medicinal products which has an influence on the ability to drive.

According to the information on the medical certificate presented to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile - SNCA), the SNCA can ask the opinion of the Medical Commission on a candidate's ability to drive.

Preliminary steps

The candidate must register with an approved driving school in Luxembourg. They can switch to another driving school at any moment.

To make the change, candidates simply have to report with the learner's certificate to another approved driving school of their choice.

The school will then forward the application to the Driving Licence Office of the SNCA:

  • which will record the change;
  • and produce a new learner's certificate for the new driving school.

This change will have no impact on theoretical or practical tests.

Costs

Candidates must cover their driving school fees as well as the cost of a tax stamp in the amount of EUR 30.

How to proceed

Filing an application

The driving school completes the application for a driving licence and submits it to the 'Driving Licence Office' (Service des permis de conduire) of the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA).

The candidate must sign the application. If the candidate is a minor, the application must be signed by their legal guardian.

For the driving licences of category A and B, the minimum age for beginning the training is 17 years and a half.

Supporting documents

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • a recent passport photograph (taken from the front) in 45 × 35 mm format;
  • a medical certificate issued less than 3 months previously;
  • a tax stamp of EUR 30 (attached by the driving school);
  • if the candidate:
    • is a minor: a copy of the identity document of their legal guardian;
    • is an adult: a recent extract of their criminal record - record No 4;
    • has been residing in Luxembourg for less than 5 years: an extract from the criminal record of their last place of residence outside Luxembourg;
  • a copy of their valid ID card.

Theoretical learning

Theoretical learning addresses the applicable rules when driving on public roads which are defined in the Highway Code (Code de route) A common core course is taught in order to obtain a first licence.

In case of extension to another category, only instruction and tests focusing on topics specific to that category are required.

The candidate receives a learner's certificate which:

  • is proof of the lessons they have taken;
  • has a validity period of:
    • 3 years from the date of issue;
    • one year if the driving licence is a category F licence;
  • can be issued 6 months before the candidate reaches the minimum age required to drive vehicles corresponding to the category of driving licence applied for.

Candidates must keep the learner's certificate in their possession while they are taking theoretical and practical lessons.

The number of compulsory theory lessons to be taken varies:

  • at least 12 lessons of one hour for the categories A, A1, A2, AM, B and F;
  • at least 6 hours for the categories A, A2 or B if the candidate already has a driving licence in another category.

Theory test

Theoretical learning is approved by means of a computerised test.

Candidates must make an appointment beforehand to pass the theory test. Appointments can only be made if the candidate is already registered with a driving school and if they have the learner's certificate (with a corresponding file number).

Candidates can:

When taking the test, candidates must present their valid ID card and learner's certificate.

The theory test can:

  • be taken, at the candidate's choice, in Luxembourgish, French, German, Portuguese or English on one of the SNCA's sites:
  • on request, be taken in the form of an oral test, accompanied by a sworn interpreter if necessary, to be held at one of the SNCA's sites.

Candidates who fail the test must repeat half the mandatory theory hours before taking the test again. A readmission application must be made (with payment of the EUR 30 tax stamp). The EUR 30 tax stamp must also be paid in the event of an unexcused absence from the test.

Practical learning and test

The minimum number of compulsory practical lessons varies:

  • 16 one-hour lessons for categories A1, A2 and B;
  • 10 one-hour lessons for category A2 if the applicant already holds an A1 licence.

The candidate may apply as many times as necessary for the practical test, but must, after each failure, take at least 8 one-hour practical lessons.

Candidates for a category B licence can also opt for accompanied driving. In this case, the practical driving lessons are continued under the supervision of an accompanying person.

The practical test takes place by appointment with one of the test centres The approved driving-school must register the candidate for the practical test.

Training period

Candidates who successfully pass the driving test will be issued a driving licence for the corresponding category which is valid for 24 months. This period of 24 months is a training period.

Driving licences will never be issued on the day the practical test is passed.

During the training period, the "trainee driver":

  • must keep a training booklet which contains 8 detachable forms used to record all offences committed by the trainee driver;
  • must take part in a one-day training course at the Training centre in Colmar-Berg.

That training can be taken as from the third month following the issue of the driving licence. The certificate of participation given at the end of the course entitles the holder to their final licence.

Although application for the final permit may be submitted at any time after the course in Colmar-Berg, the final licence is not issued until one month before the expiry date of the probationary licence.

Validity of the driving licence

The final licence is valid for 10 years (5 years if heavy vehicle categories are included in the licence).

Category B licence and driving a light motorcycle

In Luxembourg, a category B driving licence entitles the holder to drive light motorcycles (≤125 cm3) provided:

  • that they have been in possession of a category B driving licence for at least 2 years;
  • that they have taken at least 7 hours of theoretical and practical training at an approved driving school.

The validity of category B for the operation of light motorcycles corresponding to category A1 is:

  • attested by affixing a national code to the driving licence;
  • limited to Luxembourg territory.

Category B is also valid for quadricycles.

Driving a moped (category AM)

To obtain a category AM licence (mopeds and light quadricycles), a theoretical and practical training course of at least 7 hours provided by an approved driving school is required.

To be admitted to the training course, learners must first pass the theory test for the driving licence.

Forms / Online services

Demande de réadmission à l'examen théorique

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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 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

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

Demande en obtention / extension d'un permis de conduire

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 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

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

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