How to register a car in Luxembourg

In this article, we will guide you through the process of registering a car in Luxembourg: gathering the necessary documents, completing the registration, getting license plates, and the information you need to know to ensure a hassle-free experience.

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Registering a car in Luxembourg is a necessary process for all vehicle owners in the country. However, for first-time car owners, expats, or those who are not familiar with the usual way of things concerning car ownership legislation in the Grand Duchy, it can seem complicated and overwhelming. 

Before starting the registration procedure, it's important to determine whether you actually need to do it. Generally, you will need to register a car in Luxembourg in the following cases:

You have moved to Luxembourg or plan to do so

If you are a new resident in Luxembourg, you are required to register your vehicle within 6 months of the date of your declaration of arrival in your commune of residence. This applies to both EU and non-EU citizens. If you are a temporary resident, such as a student or a worker, you may be exempt from registration.

You plan to import a car you own from abroad

If you already own a car that you want to bring into Luxembourg from another country, you will need to register it. This applies to both new and used cars. In some cases, you may be exempt from paying customs duties or VAT, depending on your personal circumstances.

In addition to these cases, there may be other situations in which you are required to register a car in Luxembourg, such as if you purchase a car from another individual or if you acquire a company car.

There are two exceptions for special groups of people:

Foreign students who intend to study in Luxembourg are not subject to car registration

According to the Luxembourg Highway Code, these students are not obligated to register their vehicle in Luxembourg merely because they are attending a university or school in the country.

Workers in Luxembourg who are given a vehicle by a company that is registered in another EEA Member State

The vehicle does not have to be registered in Luxembourg under two conditions: you must use the vehicle in your role as a director, manager, or employee of the company, and the vehicle should be properly registered in the country where the company is registered.

After determining whether you need to register your vehicle, the next step is to collect the paperwork that you must provide for the procedure. The first two necessary documents (invoice and registration) are supposed to be in your hands when you became the owner of a car. If you for some reason don't — contact the person or company with whom you purchased the vehicle.

Necessary documents
Something's missing
Make sure you've gathered all the documents before applying.
*The mandatory items are marked with red asterisks.
Payment invoice
Proof of obtaining the car. Needed also in case you are not written as the owner of the vehicle on the previous registration documents; you must present the original invoice.
Foreign registration documents
It is essential to present the documents in full, as in the EU, several countries provide a two-part registration certificate. Both parts are required.
The tax stamps
Proof of taxes and fees payments, that you will collect during your preparation.
Certificate of compliance (COC)
This document confirms, that the car meets EU safety and environmental standards.
Proof of valid insurance
A certificate of insurance, policy, or green card (international certificate), that is commonly used to demonstrate that your car is insured when traveling abroad.
The customs document
The 705 sticker is issued by the Customs and Excise Agency in Luxembourg, proving that a vehicle is in order with regard to VAT.
An identity document of the owner and/or holder of the vehicle
Required for identification.
Roadworthiness certificate
A special document, that indicates that the car is safe to drive and tested regularly, including details on test results, vehicle identity, and the date of the next test.
Something's missing
Make sure you've gathered all the documents before applying.
*The mandatory items are marked with red asterisks.

Luxembourgish license plates consist of two letters, followed by four numbers. The first letter on the license plate can indicate the region in Luxembourg where the vehicle is registered, while the second letter is usually chosen by the vehicle owner. The four numbers in the middle of the license plate are assigned sequentially by the Luxembourgish authorities.

lisence plates in Luxembourg
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License plates here have a yellow background with black lettering and are made of aluminum. They also feature the European Union flag and the letter L under it: which stands for Luxembourg.

It is necessary to install license plates on a vehicle before driving it on public roads in the country. Before initiating the registration process, you must request a registration number for the vehicle.

Getting legalised can be very confusing for some people from different contries. Usually you buy a car firstly, then you go to the registration office, they check it and issue the documents, and after that you have the plates. In Luxembourg, it's the other way round. First you get the number plates!
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Getting the registration number in Luxembourg
Getting the license plates in Luxembourg
Plate manufacturerAddress
CT For You SARL-S26, rue Principale L-8805 RAMBROUCH
EASY-DRIVE SARL226 Route de Thionville L-5821 Howald
Garage R&C Boewer SARL55, Haaptstrooss L-9835 Hoscheid-Dickt
Garage Schiltz Büderscheid2, route de Wiltz L-9643 Büderscheid-Wiltz
GMC SHOP MARNACHNordstrooss Shopping Mile 2 , Marbuergerstrooss L-9764 Marnach
GRÜN SIGNALISATION35 Rue des Scillas L-2529 Howald
LUX SIGNALISATION SARLZone Industrielle J-P Thill L-9085 Ettelbruck
LUX SIGNALISATION SARL164A, rue de Belvaux L-4026 Esch/Alzette 1, rue Jos Kieffer L-4176 Esch/Alzette
LUX SIGNALISATION SARLRue de Luxembourg "Op der Hokaul" L-5230 Sandweiler
LUX-PLAQUES S.A.R.L.202 Route de Luxembourg Bereldange
LUX-PLAQUES S.A.R.L.2 Grand-Rue L-9710 Clervaux
PLACKEN-ATELIER FRIDHAFFRond Point Fridhaff L-9209 Diekirch
PLAQUES MOINS CHERES S.A.30 Rue Jos Kieffer L-4176 Esch-sur-Alzette
PLAQUES MOINS CHERES S.A.53 Rue de Noertzange L-3670 Kayl
PLAQUES MOINS CHERES S.A.Rue de Luxembourg "Op der Hokaul" L-5230 Sandweiler
PLAQUES MOINS CHERES S.A.216, route d'Arlon L-8010 Strassen
WEROCO SARLZone Industrielle Rolach, Hall 2 L-5280 Sandweiler

When registering a car in Luxembourg, this certificate is one of the required documents that must be provided to the authorities. The EU Certificate of Conformity (COC) is a document that confirms that a car meets the safety and environmental standards set by the European Union.

It is valid in all EU countries once you receive it for your vehicle. Do not mix it up with National Certificates of Compliance, which are only valid in the country where it was issued. The document is obligatory for all new cars that are sold or registered, so if you plan to buy a brand-new car in Luxembourg, you will receive these documents with it.    

The certificate contains information about the car
Make and model
Engine type
Fuel type
Emissions data

The certificate includes details about the car's safety features, such as airbags, seat belts, and braking systems. The COC is issued by the car manufacturer and is a legal document that certifies that the car meets the requirements for approval.

To obtain a compliance certificate for a car, the manufacturer must carry out a series of tests and inspections to ensure that the car meets the requirements of the system. The certificate is then issued by the manufacturer and provided to the owner of the car.

For previously owned cars

If your old manufacturer cannot provide you with the certificate, but you have the technical data documented in the foreign registration certificates or previous technical reports, you may attach these documents when registering the vehicle. SNCA should be able to proceed with the registration without problems or guide you to the next step.

If you don’t have a COC and the technical data is incomplete, you must visit an authorized technical service center in Luxembourg to obtain a technical report for the vehicle.

Before driving your car on public roads in Luxembourg, it is mandatory to have a third-party civil liability-type insurance policy in place. To get insurance for your vehicle, you need to provide the vehicle number and Luxembourg registration number to an approved insurance company.

Once the insurer has verified the details of your vehicle, they will issue you a white card and proof of insurance in the form of a sticker. This proof of insurance is necessary to register the vehicle in your name.

There are various companies, that provide insurance services in Luxembourg. You need to choose the right one, based on the compensation amounts, best offers, and other important factors. The most popular insurance companies in Luxembourg are AXABâloiseFoyer, and LALUX.    

If you're purchasing a new or used vehicle from a country outside the European Union, you'll need to carry out certain customs clearance formalities to register it in Luxembourg. This procedure includes customs formalities for the payment of customs duties and the VAT if it’s a new car.

To customs clear the vehicle, you must bring it to one of the customs offices of the Customs and Excise Agency in person to obtain a 705 sticker. This sticker is a document proving that the vehicle is in order regarding VAT and is required for registration

You will need to bring the originals of the following documents to the agency (they will give them back to you later):

  • The Certificate of Conformity (COC).
  • An invoice or a sales contract.
  • The registration number reservation paper.
  • The previous registration certificate (if the vehicle has already been operated).
  • The insurance certificate.
  • Your national identification number.
Of the purchase price of the vehicle are the custom duties
Of the purchase price of the vehicle is VAT

Customs duties and VAT can be an important amount so be sure to factor that into your plans.

It is almost impossible to do anything without a customs agent. There are several customs agents in Luxembourg. I would recommend anyone who has to go through such a procedure to search for them. In Luxembourg it is not as frightening as it seemed.
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As a car owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your car is in a roadworthy condition at all times. This means that your car should be regularly maintained and serviced, and safe to drive. You are required to present your car for roadworthiness testing, which is a mandatory inspection that assesses the safety and environmental standards of your vehicle and gives you a Certificate of roadworthiness.    

After 4 years
Is the first technical inspection test after the initial registration
Every 2 years
Technical inspection test thereafter
When you move to another EU country with a car

You will need to provide proof that it has passed a roadworthiness test in your previous country of residence. That means, that if you already have a certificate for a vehicle in another EEA Member State or Switzerland, it will remain valid as long as you register the vehicle in Luxembourg within 6 months of arriving at the commune.

A certificate that is done correctly is valid even if the ownership of the car changes: you won't need to obtain a new certificate if you buy your car from an individual.

How to pass a technical inspection

If you don't have a valid certificate, or the inspection documents are not up to date, you must have the vehicle inspected by an approved technical inspection body in Luxembourg before you can register it. The inspection will cover the safety and roadworthiness of the vehicle, so it's important to make sure that the vehicle is in good condition before you take it in for inspection.    

It is impossible to pass the technical inspection before you initiate the process of registration for the vehicle. If there is no information on the registration form of the car, then the inspection will not be carried out.

There are several companies, that can perform authorized inspections for the registration of cars in Luxembourg. All of them have convenient online appointments available on the website, and price rates for all types of vehicles can be found there.

Inspection companies
Company nameAddressContactsWorking hoursPrice (personal car inspection)
DEKRA4 Rue du puits Romain, BertrangePhone: (+352) 27 40 0791 Email: Website: www.dekra.luMonday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday: closed79 euros;  28 euros (recheck)
LUKS30 Route de Luxembourg, Lorentzweiler 5 rue Robert Stumper, GasperichPhone: (+352) 28 22 43 1 Appointment: (+352) 28 22 43 333 Website: www.luks.luMonday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday: closed69 euros;  40,5 euros (recheck)
SNCT11 rue de Luxembourg, Sandweiler 22 rue Jos Kieffer, Esch-sur-Alzette 251 route de Luxembourg, Livange 23 Marbuergerstrooss, MarnachPhone: (+352) 26 15 62 500 Appointment: (+352)26 15 62 222 or Website: www.snct.luMonday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except Livange and Marnach) Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday: closed64,5 euros;  33,5 euros (recheck)

To register your car, you will need to pay the stamp duty. We mentioned before, that you will need to pay for your license plates later when you reserve them. The moment had come. The amount will depend on the registration number type you have chosen:

  • 50 euros for the current series numbers;
  • 100 euros for personalized numbers (50 euros of the normal tax + 50 euros extra fee);
  • 74 euros for personalized numbers – reuse (50 euros of the normal tax + 24 euros extra fee).

To pay the stamp duty you have two options, paying in-person, and with a wire transfer:

Personal visit

Visit one of the official offices of the Registration Duties, Estates, and VAT Authority (the SNCA for example).

Make a bank transfer into the account LU76 0019 5955 4404 7000 (BIC: BCEELULL)

In this case, the proof of payment should include your first name and surname, an indication of the specific reason for the transfer, and vehicle registration and chassis numbers. This proof will be required when registering the car.

After the technical Inspection, you should already have all the necessary documents, now it’s time to take them all and go to the SNCA to register your vehicle. To avoid mistakes, follow the instruction:

  1. Make an appointment on the official SNCA website
  2. Wait for a response email

    They will send you an email with an application form (registration certificate application form), a memo, and the date of the appointment. You must complete that form and bring it along with the full package of documents for car registration on the day of the appointment.

  3. Get registration approval

    Within 8-10 days, you will receive an answer about whether the registration is approved or not.

  4. Pay the registration fee

    If it is approved, you must go to SNCA and pay the registration fee.

  5. Receive the document and check them carefully

    Special attention should be given to the correct spelling of the owner's name and surname, model of the car, color, and other data in the received documents.

  6. Receive your registration certificate and temporary tax sticker

    If everything is in order, the SNCA will issue your registration certificate and a provisional tax sticker valid for 30 days. All vehicles registered in Luxembourg, are subject to the road vehicle tax that needs to be paid to the Customs and Excise Agency every year. With the provisional tax sticker, you have 30 days to pay that tax, you will be notified of the amount to be paid and once the payment has been made, you will receive the permanent road tax receipt by post.

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How much does it cost to register a car in Luxembourg?

The cost depends on the prices of the specific companies and other services you might need, but on average the registration of a car in Luxembourg will cost you about 1000 euros of fees and service payments, not including the VAT. We calculate the price based on these numbers:

  • Obtaining license plates: 50 euros or 100 euros for personalized numbers.
  • Production of license plates: 35 euros (price may vary from manufacturer company).
  • Customs broker: 250-500 euros.
  • Certificate of compliance for the car, if there is no EU certificate: 250-500 euros.
  • Fee for car registration: 88,4 euros (SNCA).
  • Technical inspection: 70 euros.
  • PTI (production of documents and subsequent registration fee): 126 euros (SNCA)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What documents do I need to register a car in Luxembourg

How do I apply for a registration number for my car

Do I need to pay customs duties and VAT when registering a car from outside the EU

What is the process for obtaining a technical inspection certificate

How much does it cost to register a car in Luxembourg

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Authors: Aleksandr, Daria
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