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 plates were stolen.
Under the Luxembourg system, there are 2 types of registration number:
Any person who resides in Luxembourg must apply for a registration number when registering a vehicle from one of the following categories:
In the following cases, a new registration number must first be applied for before the vehicle can be registered:
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:
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.
The application for a registration number from the current series can be filed:
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:
There are 4 distinct series of personalised registration numbers:
Personalised registration numbers can be reserved via the MyGuichet.lu assistant (see section Forms / Online services).
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 the MyGuichet.lu online assistant with authentication.
The assignment of 4-digit numbers is restricted to one number per applicant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using a vehicle without a number plate may lead to a fine.
To change the number on the certificate, applicants must send or bring the following documents to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA):
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.
Mandat pour toute démarche nécessaire auprès de la Société nationale de circulation automobile