All motor vehicles, trailers and articulated lorries subject to registration and driven in Luxembourg must pass a periodic technical inspection.
This check is carried out at a precise frequency by one of the approved technical inspection bodies in Luxembourg: the National Vehicle Testing Centre (SNCT) or DEKRA.
Who is concerned
This requirement applies to all persons residing in Luxembourg who are the owners or keepers of a vehicle registered and driven in Luxembourg, for which the technical inspection certificate has expired or will soon expire.
The following are not subject to periodic technical inspections:
- small trailers (with maximum weight of under 750 kg);
- motor vehicles not exceeding a maximum speed of 25 km/hour;
- mopeds and light quadricycles;
- tractors and mobile machines with a maximum speed of 40 km/hour, with a non-laden mass over 600 kg, and that are not designed to exceed 25 km/hour when towing one or more other vehicles;
- classic vehicles driven for the first time prior to 1 January 1950.
Vehicles subject to registration in Luxembourg but not subject to technical inspection may be driven only if they bear a currently valid registration sticker.
Expiry of mandatory technical inspection
Technical inspections must be conducted:
- before the re-entry into service of a vehicle that has had its technical characteristics modified from those of the approved series model (for example, by tuning);
- after major repair works following an accident (wheels, suspension, crumple zones, steering, brakes, airbags, etc.);
- after a repair or transformation of the chassis;
- upon special notice if an insurance-company inspector has noted a technical defect in a part that could affect the vehicle's safety in an accident;
- in connection with periodic technical inspections;
- upon special notice if the police have noticed during a stop that:
- the vehicle is not compliant with official approved technical specifications;
- the vehicle has an obvious technical malfunction.
Frequency of technical inspections
The required frequency of technical inspections for automobiles (including driving-school cars and rental cars), for motorcycles, and for lorries (maximum weight of between 750 kg and 3,500 kg) are as follows:
- first periodic inspection: 4 years after the vehicle is entered into service;
- for the second periodic inspection: 6 years after the vehicle is entered into service;
- and every year thereafter.
The following are subject to technical inspection annually:
- heavy-duty lorries and trailers of more than 3,500 kg;
- trailers intended for the transport of passengers;
- vehicles intended for transportation of persons and including no more than 9 seats, including the driver's seat, registered as taxis, rental cars or ambulances.
If the vehicle is imported or purchased abroad, the technical inspection certificate of a road vehicle previously registered in another Member State or in Switzerland remains valid in the event of registration of the vehicle in Luxembourg, in accordance with the validity provided for under Luxembourg law.
The amount to be paid during the technical inspection carried out in a control station of the National Vehicle Testing Centre (SNCT) is indicated in a fee schedule available on their site.
How to proceed
Type of inspection
Technical inspections relate to the condition and maintenance of the vehicle, and in particular to:
- vehicle identification (chassis number, licence plates);
- environmental nuisances (noise, exhaust emissions);
- the braking mechanisms;
- lights and reflectors;
- the electrical equipment;
- axles, wheels, tyres and suspension;
- the chassis and its accessories;
Organisation of the technical inspection
With respect to the periodic inspection, a notice is sent by post approximately 8 weeks before the expiry of the technical inspection certificate.
This letter invites the holder of the vehicle concerned to make an appointment with one of the technical inspection bodies in Luxembourg.
This appointment can be made:
- directly online with the SNCT, or;
- directly with DEKRA or through a partner garage.
Vehicles must be presented for inspection in a satisfactory state of cleanliness and be covered by insurance.
A person presenting a vehicle for a periodic inspection must bring the following documents relating to the vehicle:
- registration card (grey card) or registration certificate Part I (grey) or Part II (yellow);
- previous technical certificate;
- European conformity certificate (for vehicles registered after 1 January 1998);
- proof of currently valid insurance (green card);
- currently valid tax disc.
The technical inspector has the right to refuse to conduct the inspection if the requested vehicle documents are not provided.
Additional technical inspection
If the vehicle undergoing inspection fails for one or more counts of failure to conform to the current Luxembourg highway code, the owner is required to make the repairs and bring the vehicle into compliance.
In that case, an inspection certificate is issued that is valid for 4 weeks. The vehicle's owner is required to remedy the violations and to return for an additional technical inspection within 4 weeks.
During that period, the certificate covers the vehicle in Luxembourg for travel:
- between the inspection centre and the location where the vehicle will be immobilised, repaired, brought into compliance or destroyed;
- between the inspection centre and the registered office or residence of the vehicle's owner or keeper;
- between the registered office or residence of the vehicle's owner or keeper and the location where the vehicle will be immobilised, repaired, brought into compliance, or destroyed;
After the defects are repaired or the non-compliance is corrected, a new technical inspection certificate is issued.
Technical inspection certificate
The technical inspection results in a technical inspection certificate issued to the person who brought the road vehicle for inspection (the owner, the keeper or their agent) if no major problems are detected.
Defects or minor non-compliance issues having no notable impact on the vehicle's safety or on the environment will result in a valid technical inspection certificate. Such problems must be rectified.
Validity period of the technical inspection certificate
The validity of the technical inspection certificate is calculated from the date of the inspection. However, if the technical inspection is performed less than 8 weeks prior to expiry of the previous certificate's validity, the validity of the new certificate is calculated from the expiry date of the previous certificate.
Technical inspection certificates issued before 1 February 2016 remain valid for the duration of the validity stated on the certificate.
Vehicles currently in circulation and which, since 1 February 2016, are no longer subject to technical inspections, may continue to be driven under their technical certificate until it expires. After expiry of the certificate, such vehicles may remain in use on public roads only if they have a currently valid conformity sticker.