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 a driving licence, candidates must take at least 12 hours of theoretical training dealing with the general rules of the road and the unique features of the category of driving licence applied for (6 hours if the applicant holds another category of driving licence).
In addition to theoretical instruction, practical learning, whose duration varies according to the category of driving licence applied for and the candidate's ability, is also required. It also depends on whether the applicant already holds another category of licence.
Who is concerned
The practical test to obtain a driving licence is open to anyone who:
- is of the required minimum age, which is:
- 16 for Category AM (mopeds and light quadricycles), A1 (light motorcycles and tricycles whose power does not exceed 15 kW) and F (tractors) licences;
- 18 for A2 (motorcycles with a maximum power of 35 kW which have 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) and C1E (vehicle combination consisting of a category C1 or B tractor and a trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 750 kg or 3.5 tonnes, but the maximum authorised mass of the trailer or semi-trailer is 12 tonnes) category licences;
- 20 for Category A (motorcycles);
- 21 for Category 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 tractor and a trailer or semi-trailer with a maximum permissible mass exceeding 750 kg), D1 (automotive vehicle carrying no more than 17 passengers and of a maximum length of 8 metres) and D1E (vehicle combination consisting of a category D1 tractor and a trailer with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 750 kg) licences;
- 24 for motor vehicles designed to transport more than 9 persons in Categories D and DE;
- For all of these categories, there is no upper age limit;
- resides in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg;
- meets the medical requirements for the selected category.
In order to obtain a driving licence, applicants must meet certain conditions, such as:
- the minimum age requirements;
- the obligation to undergo a medical examination for fitness to drive a vehicle;
- being normally resident in Luxembourg.
As a result, a driving licence cannot be issued if the applicant:
- has severe arrhythmia;
- suffers from angina at rest or in a state of high emotion;
- is dependent on alcohol or is unable to stop drinking and driving;
- has a dependency on 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 prepared by a general practitioner and submitted to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA), the SNCA can ask the opinion of the Medical Commission on a user's ability to drive.
How to proceed
Choosing an approved driving school and applying for a driving licence
For candidates, the procedure for obtaining a driving licence starts with the choice of an approved driving school in Luxembourg.
The minimum age for applying to a driving school for an A and B driving licence is 17 and a half.
The driving school completes the application for a driving licence and submits it, after it is signed by the candidate, to the 'Driving Licence Office' of the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA), accompanied by the following documents:
- a recent passport photograph (taken from the front) in 45 × 35 mm format;
- a medical certificate from the past 3 months, prepared on a specific form by an authorised general practitioner and/or specialist in internal medicine in Luxembourg, certifying that the candidate has the requisite physical and mental abilities;
- a tax stamp of EUR 30 attached by the driving school;
- a recent copy of the criminal record No. 4, if the candidate is at least 18 at the time that the application is filed (and a copy from the country of origin if the candidate has been resident in Luxembourg for less than 5 years);
- if the applicant is not yet 18 years old at the time of application, the signature of a guardian is required, along with a copy of his or her identity document;
- a valid copy of an ID card/passport to formally identify the applicant.
Theoretical learning and test
The theoretical topics regarding the rules of the road are included in the Highway Code (Code de route) published by Sécurité Routière a.s.b.l. It is available at bookstores.
Candidates receive a learner's certificate as proof of the lessons they have taken. This certificate has a validity period of 3 years from the date of issue, except for Category F, for which this certificate is only valid for one year. It may 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 it in their possession while they are taking theoretical and practical lessons.
The number of theory lessons required to be taken at a driving school varies:
a minimum of 12 one-hour lessons for Categories A, A1, A2, AM, B and F;
a minimum of 6 hours for an A, A2 or B licence if the candidate holds a driving licence of another category.
Theoretical learning is approved by means of a computerised test. An appointment must be made beforehand for the theory test. Candidates must arrive with a valid identity document and their learner's certificate. The theory test:
Candidates who fail the theory test must repeat half the mandatory theory hours before retaking it. A readmission application must be made (with payment of the EUR 30 tax stamp).
As regards theoretical learning and testing, a common core has been introduced for the first application for a licence. In case of extension to another category, only instruction and tests focusing on topics specific to that category are required.
Practical learning and test
The minimum number of practical lessons required to be taken at a driving school 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.
The candidate for a Category B licence may also opt for accompanied driving, i.e. continue practical training by driving under the supervision of an accompanying person.
Mandatory participation in practical training
After passing the practical test, candidates shall be issued the driving licence for the chosen category (A2 or B, for example) valid for a period of 24 months, which constitutes a training period. Driving licences will never be given on the day that the practical test is passed. During the training period, the holder has a training record containing 8 detachable forms to record all offences committed by the trainee driver.
During that period, the holder is required to take part in a one-day training course at the Training Centre in Colmar-Berg. This training may be taken starting in the third month following the issuance of the driving licence. The certificate of participation given at the end of the course entitles the holder to a permanent licence valid for a period of 10 years. Although application for the final licence 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.
The candidate for a normal driving licence is not required to purchase special insurance, as this is the responsibility of the instructor.
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 held a Category B driving licence for at least 2 years and have taken at least 7 hours of theoretical and practical training at a 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, and is 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 a driving school is required.
To be admitted to the training course, learners must first pass the theory test for the driving licence.
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