Buying a vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg

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. These must take place in a specific order:

  • applying for a registration number (if necessary);
  • taking out a civil liability insurance policy;
  • paying the tax stamp;
  • filing the administrative record with the SNCA.
When a private individual purchases a vehicle from a trader (dealer, garage forecourt, etc.), the related procedures are generally performed by professional sales people.

Who is concerned

Anyone purchasing a vehicle already registered in Luxembourg and wishing to register the vehicle in their own name must make sure these procedures are performed.

The vehicles to which this procedure relates are cars, motorbikes, mopeds, tricycles, quad bikes, motor homes, vans, tractors and machinery (with a maximum design speed of 6 km/h and weighing over 600 kg), trailers (including farm trailers pulled at a speed of over 40 km/h), buses, lorries and semi-trailers.

Prerequisites

Buyers must be listed in the National Register of Natural Persons with a Luxembourg address and a valid identity document.

Preliminary steps

Bill of sale

A bill of sale acts as the purchaser's proof of ownership and identifies the vehicle and its legal owner.

If the seller is a legal person, the document must be a sales invoice on headed paper bearing the business' intra-community VAT number; The buyer's signature is not required on a sales invoice.

If the seller is a natural person, the document must be a sales contract. This document must be signed by both parties. If the vehicle has been sold several times without being registered, the sales contracts must be traceable back to the person registered on the most recent registration certificate.

A number of details must appear on a bill of sale:

  • date of transaction;
  • details of the vehicle: the chassis number, the make (manufacturer) and model (commercial name);
  • information about the seller and buyer:
    • for natural persons: surname, first name, address, signature;
    • for legal persons: company name, address, VAT number;
  • the sale price, and whether or not VAT is included;
  • VAT-related data: the VAT on a vehicle must always be paid in the country of destination – i.e. the country where the vehicle is registered.

Copy of the registration certificate

The Luxembourg registration certificate (the former grey card) is now composed of Part 1 (grey) and Part 2 (yellow).

They are required for motor vehicle registration. The seller has no legal obligation to issue the registration certificate to the buyer. However, the seller must deliver the registration certificate to the SNCA within 5 working days of the transfer.

Luxembourg registration number and number-plates

When purchasing a vehicle, the purchaser must determine the type of vehicle registration number.

If a vehicle has previously been registered under a current 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.

When a vehicle has previously been registered under a personalised registration number, the future owner must apply for a new registration number for the vehicle he or she wishes to purchase. Applicants can choose either a standard-series number 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 confirmation has been received that a registration number has been reserved, the licence plate must be printed by a licence plate manufacturer.

A vehicle that has been or will be purchased and not yet registered in the name of the new owner may be moved using red (temporary) plates or using registration plates bearing the number to be used for the registration and insurance of the vehicle. This applies to the direct journey between the point of sale or the vehicle storage site and the place where registration will take place, as well as for direct transfer to a garage or repair shop for repair, modification, technical conversion or inspection.

Third-party insurance

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 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) signifying that the owner has an insurance policy that covers civil liability.

Proof of a valid insurance policy is required in order to register the vehicle in the future owner's name.

Tax stamp

For a vehicle to be registered, the future owner must buy a tax stamp (droit de chancellerie or timbre de chancellerie) 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. 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.

The stamp may be purchased from one of the competent offices of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA – AED), or the tax can be paid by bank transfer to the following postal checking account: LU09 1111 7026 5281 0000.

Stamps are not sent by post.

If paying by bank transfer, the future owner must submit proof of transfer (debit notice) at the time of registration. The following information must appear on the proof of payment:

  • surname, first name;
  • specific reason for the transfer;
  • vehicle registration and chassis numbers.

Tax stamps are also available from the SNCA Registration department. An additional EUR 3 is payable on top of the standard tax stamp.

Technical inspection

When registering a vehicle that is already registered, the inspection documents for the vehicle must be current. For this purpose, a valid roadworthiness inspection certificate issued for the vehicle by an authorised technical inspection body in Luxembourg must be presented at the time of registration of the vehicle.

Vehicles not subject to periodic technical inspections must be covered by a roadworthiness sticker.

Costs

In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself and the insurance fees, the following are payable, in particular:

  • EUR 50 tax stamps in order to register the vehicle, as well as:
    • EUR 50 for a personalised number;
    • or EUR 24 if the personalised numberplate is being transferred;
  • the purchase of licence plates, if required;
  • additional registration and acceptance fees for any converted/modified vehicles;
  • if any, the fees for technical inspection or a conformity sticker for vehicles not subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections (such as tractors and plant).

How to proceed

Motor vehicle registration

In Luxembourg, notice of registration of a vehicle that has been purchased must be given to the SNCA using the following documents:

  • an application for a registration certificate, completed and signed;
  • Droit de Chancellerie stamp(s);
  • bill of sale;
  • proof of valid insurance;
  • copy of the registration certificate;
  • a valid technical inspection certificate for vehicles subject to regular technical inspection;
  • the European certificate of conformity for vehicles registered for the first time after 1 February 2016;
  • a copy of the identity document, if the seller and/or buyer is a natural person.

The customer can choose to carry out this procedure at any one of 3 SNCA sites:

The Sandweiler, Esch-sur-Alzette and Wilwerwiltz sites invite applicants to make an appointment to submit the administrative documents, either online or by phone on (+352) 26626 - 400.

An original copy of all the documents that have to be produced must be submitted.

If the vehicle has been modified or converted and the vehicle has not yet been registered on the registration certificate, the vehicle is subject to a conformity check and the documents proving the modifications or conversions must be presented.

By submitting the administrative documents, owners can register vehicles with the Luxembourg authorities and obtain a vehicle registration certificate in their own name.

Vehicle owners must inform the SNCA of any change in home address within one month.

The person submitting the registration documents to the SNCA must have an identity card. If the documents are submitted by a third party (a person other than the new future owner of the vehicle), a mandate and a copy of the future owner's ID document must be presented at the time of registration. In this event, it is important to ensure that all the documents state the name of the owner and not that of the representative.

Road tax

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 roads, are subject to road tax.

The Customs and Excise Agency determines the tax due on the basis of the data registered by the registration authorities and according to the rates that apply. The decision of the final tax is sent to the debtor of the tax.

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 issue a EUR 74 fine.

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.

Parking permit

Many communes now require motor vehicle owners to obtain a permit to park in the neighbourhood where they live. Residents' parking permits are distributed by the commune in question upon submission of a registration certificate.

Forms / Online services

Demande en obtention d'un certificat d'immatriculation

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.

Mandat pour toute démarche nécessaire auprès de la Société nationale de circulation automobile

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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Your vehicles and license plates

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.

Véhicules et numéros d'immatriculation

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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