Moving to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - administrative formalities to be carried out

Any road vehicle owned or held by a person with an address in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg can only be put on the road in the Grand Duchy if it has been registered and is covered by a valid registration certificate.

Who does this apply to?

  • Any person who moves to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must have his/her vehicle registered in the Grand Duchy within six months of arrival.
  • Garages and assimilated businesses (able to justify being authorised to deal in road vehicles) may carry out the procedure on behalf of their customers.
  • The owner or holder of the vehicle may give written instructions to a third party to carry out the procedure.

Prerequisites

Before a vehicle can be registered, the person concerned must apply for a registration number.

Supporting documents

A vehicle can be registered on production of the following documents:

  • a duly completed and signed registration certificate application form (Demande en obtention d'un certificat d'immatriculation);
  • the required 'Droit de Chancellerie' tax stamp(s);
  • the original purchase invoice, if the holder of the registration document is not identified on this document as the owner of the vehicle. If necessary, a translation of the document may be required;
  • a valid insurance certificate;
  • the 'vignette 705' customs document;
  • the vehicle's registration document. If necessary, a translation of this document may be required;
  • the passport or ID card of the owner and/or holder of the vehicle;
  • If the vehicle was registered for the first time after 1 February 2016;
    • the European certificate of conformity for vehicles last registered in the EU;
    • If the vehicle is not covered by a European Certificate of Conformity, it will need to be assessed by the Approval Department. If the vehicle complies with the legal framework, registration can be completed. Otherwise, the vehicle cannot be registered in its current condition.
  • If the vehicle is subject to periodic technical inspections:
    • a valid technical inspection certificate issued for the vehicle by an authorised technical inspection body in the Grand Duchy;
    • a valid technical inspection certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country where the vehicle was last registered (for member States of the European Economic Area and Switzerland). This certificate may be accepted when the vehicle is being registered in Luxembourg, on condition that the period of validity of the certificate does not exceed the period of time provided for in Luxembourg law. The technical inspection certificate should be written in one of the official languages of Luxembourg. If necessary, a translation of this document may be required. If necessary, it will have to be translated by a translation agency sworn in Luxembourg in order to be accepted (under cover of the conformity of the technical inspection).
      In the absence of a translated technical inspection certificate, the vehicle can also be presented to an approved technical inspection body in Luxembourg before registration.

The original of each document must be produced.

For any other documents that may be required, please consult the FAQ section.

Time limits

To avoid having to wait, you can:

  • make an appointment online;
  • send your application by post (only if the vehicle does not have to be physically presented).

What to do

To register a vehicle from a country outside the European Union, the vehicle must be taken to the Approval Department (Service Agréation) at the SNCA for a conformity check.

To register a vehicle that has been transformed or altered, the vehicle must be taken to the Approval Department (Service Agréation) at the SNCA to undergo a conformity check and get the alterations listed on the registration certificate. The documents concerning the transformations/alterations must be presented. Depending on the nature of the transformation, the vehicle may also have to undergo a technical inspection by an authorised technical inspection body in the Grand Duchy.

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