Vehicles that are subject to registration must be fitted with number plates before they can be driven on the public highway.
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.
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.
Who is concerned
All information provided hereafter is aimed at:
- businesses who wish to register a car in the name of the company;
- professionals in the automotive industry.
Professionals in the automotive industry are considered to be car dealerships, car rental businesses, vehicle registration service providers or transport companies.
Anyone residing in Luxembourg must apply for a registration number when registering a vehicle falling in 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.
In order to access the online application form, professionals in the automotive industry must first have their professional eSpace certified for professionals in the automotive industry by the National Society of Automotive Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile - SNCA).
To certify the business eSpace, the persons concerned must complete the online procedure for the certification of a business eSpace and attach:
- a certificate from the employer attesting that the employee has power of signature and acts in the interest and on behalf of the company (scanned document in PDF format);
- a copy of the company's business permit (scanned document in PDF format).
The reservation of registration numbers is free of charge.
To register a vehicle with a number from the current series, applicants must purchase a government tax stamp in the amount of EUR 50.
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 by a professional in the automotive industry
The reservation of a registration number from the current series by a professional from the automotive industry can be made online with the MyGuichet.lu assistant.
Clients of professionals from the automotive industry can reserve their personalised registration numbers via the online procedure without LuxTrust authentication (except for applications for a 4-digit number plate) by completing the application with the details of the person in whose name the vehicle will be registered.
Application for a registration number by all other businesses
Registration number from the current series
The application for a registration number from the current series can be filed:
- either online via MyGuichet.lu;
- 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.
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 using the MyGuichet.lu online assistant.
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 (see section Forms / Online services).
The assignment of 4-digit numbers is restricted to one number per person.
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 registration 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 completed before the number can be used to register a vehicle. The transfer can be made by sending a completed "Transfer of a registration number" form (Transfert d'un numéro d'immatriculation) via email, signed by both parties concerned and accompanied by a copy of their identity document, to the National Society of Automotive Traffic (SNCA, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 completed and signed application form for a registration certificate;
- 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
Demande de réservation d'un numéro d'immatriculation pour les professionnels de l'automobile
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