Vehicles that are subject to registration must be fitted with number plates before they can be driven on the public highway.
It is forbidden to change the registration number (the licence plate number) of a vehicle that is already registered in a person's name.An exception is made if the number plate was stolen.
Under the Luxembourg system, there are 2 types of registration number:
- numbers from the current series, which are attached to the vehicles themselves and stay with them throughout their lifetime;
- personalised registration numbers, which remain in the name of their holders, unless they give them up so they can be assigned to another person.
Who is concerned
Any person who resides in Luxembourg must apply for a registration number when registering a vehicle from one of the following categories:
- tricycles and quadricycles;
- mobile homes;
- buses and coaches;
- tractor units and articulated lorries;
- motor-homes and camping-cars;
- light quadricycles.
In the following cases, a new registration number must first be applied for before the vehicle can be registered:
- registration of a new vehicle;
- purchase/registration of a vehicle registered in a another country;
- purchase of a vehicle already registered in Luxembourg under a personalised registration number belonging to the former owner;
- purchase of a vehicle registered under a number with the old format (2 letters and 3 digits or 1 letter and 4 digits);
- re-registration of a vehicle.
A registration number can be reserved free of charge.
Applicants must pay a tax stamp of EUR 50 to the State for the registration of a vehicle under a number from the current series.
When registering the vehicle with a personalised registration number, the following extra charges apply:
- EUR 50 if the number is being used for the first time;
- EUR 24 if a number is being reused by the same owner.
Changing the number on the registration certificate is free of charge if the number plate was stolen. However, the cost of the new number plate is borne by the applicant.
How to proceed
Applying for a registration number from the current series
The application for a registration number from the current series can be filed:
- by using the MyGuichet.lu assistant (see section Forms / Online services);
- or by contacting the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile - SNCA).
The registration number assigned to a person is the first one available from the current series.
The numbers in the current series are composed as follows:
- 2 letters and 2 digits for mopeds or light quadricycles;
- 2 letters and 4 digits for all other vehicles.
Applying for a personalised registration number
There are 4 distinct series of personalised registration numbers:
- for mopeds or light quadricycles: 2 letters and 2 digits;
- for all other vehicles:
- a 5-digit number;
- 2 letters and 4 digits; or
- a 4-digit number.
Personalised registration numbers can be reserved via the MyGuichet.lu assistant (see section Forms / Online services).
Applying for a 4-digit registration number
There are no more 4-digit registration numbers available, so all new applications for a 4-digit registration number are placed on a waiting list in the order they are received, and the numbers are assigned in that same order. It can take several years to be assigned a 4-digit registration number. As such numbers only become very rarely available, the applicant will be assigned a random number.
applications for a 4-digit registration number have to be submitted using MyGuichet.lu (see section Forms / Online services).
Once their application has been processed, applicants may check their position in the waiting list on MyGuichet.lu.
When a 4-digit number has been reserved in the name of an applicant, the applicant will receive mail at his official home address stating what number was assigned to him.
Re-using a personalised registration number on another vehicle
Personalised registration numbers that are currently being used for a registered vehicle can automatically be kept by their holder and transferred to another vehicle, provided that the current vehicle is taken off the road.
The number remains assigned to its holder for 36 months after the vehicle was deregistered and taken off the road. At the end of that period, if the holder has not registered another vehicle under the same number, the number will revert to the SNCA and will become available to another applicant.
Number plates for vintage vehicles and other number plate formats
The appearance of number plates may vary, depending on the date of initial entry into service of the vehicle.
If it is technically impossible to mount a European-format number plate on a vehicle, the owner/holder of the vehicle in question may use a plate with a different format. In such cases, the vehicle owner/holder is advised to file an online application with the SNCA, accompanied by a photograph, to find out what specific conditions apply.
Manufacturing of the number plate
Once a registration number has been reserved, the ministerial authorisation for the assignment of the number is sent to its holder by post.
Once the registration number has been assigned, the person concerned must contact a Luxembourg-registered number plate manufacturer to have the plate made.
If a number plate is damaged or deteriorated, it is recommended that it be replaced.
The current holder of a personalised registration number may assign the number to another person for the purpose of registering a vehicle with the number in question.
When the holder of a personalised registration number dies, their heir, parent or first-degree relative is entitled to keep the personalised registration number.
The transfer of a personalised registration number is still subject to payment of the applicable regulatory tax.
The transfer of a personalised registration number must be made before the vehicle's registration by sending a completed "Transfer of a registration number" form, signed by both parties concerned, to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA).
Once transferred, a personalised number will remain assigned to its new holder for 36 months. At the end of that period, if the new holder has not used the number to register a vehicle, the number will revert to the SNCA and will become available again for other applicants.
Theft of a number plate
If a number plate is stolen, the owner or holder of the vehicle must report the theft to the Police who will draft a declaration of theft or a complaint report.
The owner/holder must then apply for a new registration number as soon as possible to replace the current one.
To change the number on the certificate, applicants must send or bring the following documents to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA):
- the completed and signed registration certificate application form;
- where applicable, the tax stamp;
- a valid insurance certificate, established by an insurance company accredited in Luxembourg and bearing the new registration number;
- the declaration of theft established by the Police;
- parts 1 and 2 (grey and yellow respectively) of the registration certificate;
- a valid roadworthiness inspection certificate, if the vehicle is covered by one;
- a copy of the vehicle owner's/holder's identity document;
- the owner's written consent to have the number replaced, if the applicant is the holder of the vehicle.
The person submitting the registration documents to the SNCA must produce their identity card. If the application is being submitted by a third party, they must produce a power of attorney. In that case, it is important to ensure that the name of the vehicle's owner or holder, and not that of their representative, appears on all the documents.
The old number will be considered unassigned for 5 years from the presumed date of the theft. Nevertheless, it will still be reserved for the owner or holder of the vehicle in question.
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