Before driving a second-hand motor vehicle on public highways for the first time, buyers must register the vehicle in their own name and obtain a registration certificate from the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile - SNCA).
There are a number of administrative procedures to be carried out with various organisations, in a specific order:
This procedure applies to the following vehicles:
Buyers must be listed in the National Register of Natural Persons with a Luxembourg address and a valid identity document.
A bill of sale serves as the purchaser's proof of ownership and identifies the vehicle and its legal owner.
When the seller is:
A number of details must appear on a bill of sale, including:
The Luxembourg registration certificate (formerly known as the carte grise, or grey card) now consists of:
Both parts are required to register the vehicle. The seller has no obligation to give the registration certificate to the buyer. However, the seller must forward the registration certificate to the SNCA within 5 working days of the transfer.
When purchasing a vehicle, the purchaser must determine the type of vehicle registration number.
If a vehicle has previously been registered under a standard registration number, the future owner must register the vehicle under the same registration number, unless the purchaser decides to register the vehicle under a personalised number.
The future owner must file a new application for a new registration number if the purchased vehicle has:
Once the purchaser has received confirmation that a registration number has been reserved, they must have the licence plate printed by a licence plate manufacturer.
A vehicle that has been purchased or is to be purchased and has not yet been registered in the name of the new owner may be driven if it is:
These conditions also apply for the direct trip:
To drive a road vehicle on a public highway, a third-party liability insurance policy (RC Autos) must be taken out with an approved insurance company in Luxembourg.
As soon as future owners are able to inform their insurers of the vehicle chassis number and Luxembourg registration number, they can ask them to issue a green card and proof of insurance (in the form of a sticker) attesting that the owner has taken out liability insurance for the vehicle.
Valid proof of insurance is required to register the vehicle in the future owner's name.
When registering a vehicle that is already registered, the roadworthiness inspection documents for the vehicle must be current. As such, a valid roadworthiness inspection certificate issued for the vehicle by an approved technical inspection body in Luxembourg must be presented at the time of registration of the vehicle.
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 charges will apply:
For a vehicle to be registered, the future owner must purchase a 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 amount. 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.
It is possible:
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. An additional EUR 3 is payable on top of the standard tax stamp amount.
The applicant must register the vehicle purchased in Luxembourg with the National Society for Automotive Traffic (SNCA). To do this, they must complete and sign the form 'Applying for a registration certificate' (see 'Forms / Online services' below).
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.
Owners must submit the administrative documents in order to register their vehicle 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), that party must produce a mandate and a copy of the future owner's ID document at the time of registration. In that case, it is important to ensure that the name of the owner, and not that of the representative, appears on all of the documents.
The application must be accompanied by the following:
Original copies of all required documents must be produced.
If the vehicle has been modified or converted and the modifications/conversion have not yet been registered on the registration certificate, the vehicle is subject to a conformity check and documentary proof of the modification(s)/conversion must be produced.
The customer 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.
Original copies of all required documents must be produced.
Vehicle owners must inform the SNCA of any change in home address within one month.
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 road vehicles registered in Luxembourg, and used on the public roads, are subject to road tax.
The Customs and Excise Agency (Administration des douanes et accises – ADA) sets the amount of the tax based on the data registered by the registration authorities and according to the applicable rates. The amount of the tax due is communicated to the tax debtor.
If payment of the road tax for the vehicle in question has been outstanding for:
The Customs and Excise Agency (ADA) now offers motorists the option to activate the eDelivery function for road tax invoices. All invoices relating to road tax (Autosteier) can now be sent to motorists' MyGuichet.lu private eSpace in electronic format (PDF).
To make use of this service, interested parties must subscribe to the eDelivery function. Users can subscribe in their MyGuichet.lu private eSpace under 'My data', 'Transport', 'Road tax (Autosteier)'. This step is necessary to receive the ADA invoice in the electronic mailbox of the private eSpace.
Whenever new mail arrives in the user's private eSpace, the user will be notified by email.
Many communes now require motor vehicle owners to obtain a permit to park in the neighbourhood where they live. Residents' parking permits are issued by the commune in question, subject to the production of a registration certificate.
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