Before driving a second-hand motor vehicle on public roads 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 need be);
- taking out a civil liability insurance policy;
- paying the tax stamp;
- filing the administrative record with the SNCA.
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 kmph and weighing over 600 kg), trailers (including farm trailers pulled at a speed of over 40 kmph), buses, lorries and semi-trailers.
Buyers must be listed in the National Register of Natural Persons with a Luxembourg address and a valid identity document.
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 details: the VAT on a vehicle must always be paid in the destination country – 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 licence 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.
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 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.
Civil liability insurance
Driving a road vehicle on a public road 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.
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 can be purchased from one of the relevant offices of the Indirect Tax Authority(Administration de l’enregistrement et des domaines – AED), or the tax can be paid by bank transfer to the following bank office account number: LU09 1111 7026 5281 0000.
If paying by bank transfer, the future owner must submit proof of transfer (debit advice) at the time of registration. The following information must be shown 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.
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.
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 numberplate;
- 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
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);
- the 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 first registered after 1 February 2016;
- a photo of the manufacturer's plate for vehicles first registered 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:
- in northern Luxembourg (Wilwerwiltz);
- in central Luxembourg (Sandweiler);
- or in southern Luxembourg (Esch-sur-Alzette).
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.
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 of home address within one month.
When registering the vehicle at the SNCA, the owner is issued with 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 in force. 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.
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
Mandat pour toute démarche nécessaire auprès de la Société nationale de circulation automobile
Who to contact
Assignment of vehicle registration numbers11, route de Luxembourg
Phone : (+352) 26626 - 400
Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority1-3, Avenue Guillaume
B.P. 31 L-2010
Phone : (+352) 247 80800Fax : (+352) 247 90400
Diekirch Agency of the Automobile Club20-22, rue de Stavelot
Phone : (+352) 26 80 04 68