Exporting vehicles - export plates

A temporary registration certificate, using an export number, can be issued for a vehicle that it to be exported by road. Its validity is limited to the end of the third month after the current month.

  • It is not possible to extend the period of validity.
  • However, it is possible to renew the registration.

Who does this apply to?

  • Anyone who lives outside the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and buys a vehicle that was last registered in the Grand Duchy.
  • Garages and assimilated businesses (able to justify being authorised to deal in road vehicles) may carry out the procedure on behalf of their customers.
  • If the application is submitted by a third party, that person must present a written power of attorney (mandate). In this case, it is important to ensure that all documents mention the name of the holder, owner or keeper of the vehicle in whose name the vehicle will be registered, and not that of their representative (mandate holder).


The last person selling the vehicle must have an official address in the Grand Duchy.


There are a number of stages in obtaining export plates:

  1. Apply to the SNCA for an export number;
  2. Have the vehicle insured by a vehicle insurance company that is approved in the Grand Duchy;
  3. Collect the export plates from a number plate manufacturer; GRÜN SIGNALISATION S.àr.l. (Howald), LUX-SIGNALISATION (Esch-sur-Alzette) or PLAQUES MOINS CHERES S.àr.l. (Sandweiler)
  4. Have the vehicle registered.

The application for an export plate number can only be made at the SNCA in Sandweiler. The following documents must be submitted:

  • In the case of a natural person, his/her ID document ;
  • In the case of a legal person, a document justifying the address of its registered office (e.g. extract from Register of Commerce edited less than six months previously) ;
  • Pay the fee of 72,60€ (during the year 2023).

To proceed with registering the vehicle, the documents to be produced can be viewed using the following links:

Time limits

The process for obtaining and registering of export plates takes longer than a standard registration, considering the time spent with the various parties involved (SNCA, Insurer, Plate manufacturer, ...).

It therefore takes an average of an entire day to obtain a registration under export plates.

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