Before driving a new 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, in a specific order:
- applying for a registration number;
- taking out a third-party insurance policy;
- paying the tax stamp;
- clearing customs and paying Luxembourg VAT;
- filing the administrative record with the SNCA.
Who is concerned
Anyone purchasing a new vehicle from a trader and wishing to register the vehicle in their own name in Luxembourg 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.
Buyers must be listed in the National Register of Natural Persons with a Luxembourg address and a valid identity document.
During the various administrative procedures involved in purchasing a vehicle in a foreign country, buyers will be required to state their identity on several different occasions.
Bill of sale
When purchasing a vehicle, buyers must obtain a bill of sale from the retailer which acts as the purchaser's proof of ownership, identifying both the vehicle and its legal owner. This is, essentially, a sales invoice on the firm's headed paper.
A number of details must appear on a bill of sale:
- date of invoice;
- details of the seller;
- details of the vehicle: the chassis number, make (manufacturer) and model (commercial name);
- details of the buyer:
- for private individuals: surname, first name, address, signature;
- for businesses and companies: business name, address (+identification number);
- sale price, and whether or not it includes VAT;
- 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.
Luxembourg registration number and licence plates
Before starting the process, future owners must apply for a registration number for the vehicle that they wish 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.
Vehicles purchased abroad can be moved to Luxembourg on a trailer or semi-trailer. This avoids temporary registration procedures which, depending on the country, may be rather complicated, to varying degrees. In fact, no registration at all is required for a vehicle that is being transported on a trailer. In addition, each country has its own laws and procedures that may be more or less costly and complex for temporary registration with a view to selling vehicles abroad.
Road vehicles that need to be registered and are covered by insurance can be driven on a public road in Luxembourg without being registered if they have red plates or licence plates bearing the number that will be used when the vehicle is registered. This applies for the direct journey between the point of sale and the place of registration, as well as for direct transfer to a garage or repair shop for repair, technical modification, conversion or inspection.
Driving a road vehicle on a public road requires a third-party 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 motor vehicle civil liability.
Proof of a valid insurance policy is required in order to register the vehicle in the future owner's name.
Clearing customs and, where necessary, paying Luxembourg VAT
When someone buys a new vehicle, they then have to pay customs duty on the vehicle in Luxembourg so that they can be issued with the road tax disc (vignette 705) needed for final registration in the Grand Duchy.
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 the 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 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 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.
In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself and the insurance fees, the following are payable, in particular:
- VAT in Luxembourg for any new vehicle purchased, payable to the Customs and Excise Agency;
- 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 number is being transferred;
- licence plates;
- additional registration and acceptance testing fees for any new vehicles purchased outside the EU, or for vehicles that have been converted/modified;
- a conformity sticker for vehicles not subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections.
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);
- bill of sale;
- proof of valid insurance;
- customs document;
- a European certificate of conformity;
- a photo of the manufacturer's plate;
- ID document if the purchaser is a natural person.
The customer can choose to register their vehicle 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 to obtain a vehicle registration certificate in their own name.
Vehicle owners must inform the SNCA of any change of home address within one month.
Validity of the registration certificate and the conformity sticker
The validity of the registration certificate or the conformity sticker expires when:
- the end of the period of validity is reached;
- the document has been lost;
- the vehicle has been lost or stolen;
- the vehicle has been declared as scrapped or as being off the road;
- the vehicle has been sold or transferred to a new owner;
- the vehicle has been modified or converted;
- vehicles subject to periodic roadworthiness inspections are no longer covered by a valid technical inspection certificate for more than 2 years.
When a vehicle's registration certificate expires, the vehicle's owner must have a new certificate issued in order to get the vehicle in question back on the road.
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 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 in accordance with 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
Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority1-3, Avenue Guillaume
B.P. 31 L-2010
Phone : (+352) 247 80800Fax : (+352) 247 90400
Customs Office – East, Grevenmacher6, rue de la Moselle
Phone : (+352) 2818 - 3000Fax : (+352) 2818 - 3290Mon.-Fri. from 8.00 to 17.00
Customs Office – Diekirch North2, rue Clairefontaine
Phone : (+352) 81 70 45-1Fax : (+352) 81 70 45-71
Customs office – Luxembourg-Howald Customs CentreCroix de Gasperich
Phone : (+352) 28 18-1Fax : (+352) 28 18 41 00Mon.-Fri. from 8.00 to 17.00
Customs Agency – Disputes and Cooperation Department22, rue de Bitbourg
Phone : (+352) 28 18 28 18Fax : (+352) 28 18 92 00
The eDouane (eCustoms) Helpdesk
Phone : (+352) 28 18 20 00Fax : (+352) 28 18 92 01
Alcohol licence – Customs and Excise AgencyCentre douanier Luxembourg-Howald Croix de Gasperich - rue in Bouler
Phone : (+352) 28 18 - 1Fax : (+352) 2818 - 4150
Diekirch Agency of the Automobile Club20-22, rue de Stavelot
Phone : (+352) 26 80 04 68
Assignment of vehicle registration numbers11, route de Luxembourg
Phone : (+352) 26626 - 400