Second-hand vehicle registered in Luxembourg

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?

  • Anyone who lives in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and buys a second-hand vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg.
  • 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 person concerned must apply for a registration number before proceeding with registration, or use a registration number still reserved in his or her name.

Supporting documents

A second-hand vehicle that was last registered in Luxembourg 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);
  • a valid insurance certificate;
  • parts 1 and 2 of the registration certificate or, if the vehicle has already deregisterd (mis hors circulation), the acknowledgement of receipt of the permanently deregistering of the vehicle;
  • the passport or ID card of the holder, owner or keeper of the vehicle;
  • Optional > ** the original invoice, in the case of a sale by a company, or the original sales contract, in the case of a sale between private individuals. If necessary, a translation of this document may be required;
** if the invoice is missing or it is not possible to trace the new owner unequivocally, the SNCA can register you as the holder, even if you can't provide all the supporting documents needed to unequivocally document all successive transfers of ownership. However, you won't be listed as the owner on the registration certificate. Only the holder of the vehicle will be recorded. The registration certificate will contain in the section C.4c following information for the holder "is not identified by the registration certificate as the owner of the vehicle", no owner will be recorded on the registration certificate.
  • If the vehicle was registered for the first time after 1 February 2016;
    • the European certificate of conformity;
  • 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 of Luxembourg.

The original of each document must be produced.

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

Application processing

Please make an appointment online, or send your application by post, preferably by registered post.

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