You have just arrived in Luxembourg and have a foreign driving license? You may need to have it recorded or transcribed.
By reading this article, you will know if you are concerned by these obligations and will know the administrative procedures to follow to register your driving license in Luxembourg.
Exchange and retranscription of driving licences in Luxembourg
Some holders of foreign driving licenses wish to exchange or retranscribe their driving licenses in Luxembourg for a practical matter. This allows them to easily obtain the validity dates.
Others are obliged to transcribe their foreign driver’s license in Luxembourg.
EU driving license valid in all member states
The people holders of a license obtained in a member country of the European Economic Area (EEA) are not obliged to exchange their driving license . Indeed, the driving licenses issued by a member country of the European Economic Area are automatically recognized in Luxembourg. However, the holder of such a license may, at any time, register his or her foreign license or exchange it for a Luxembourg driving license, without an examination.
In the event of loss or theft of their licence, holders of a licence registered in Luxembourg will thus be able to receive a duplicate more easily, without being obliged to contact the administrations of the country of issue.
Mandatory retranscription for non-EU driving licenses
People who obtained their driving license in a country outside the European Economic Area have one year to transcribe their driving license, after having established their normal residence in Luxembourg.
This means that driving licenses obtained outside the European Union must be exchanged for a Luxembourg driving license. Depending on the category of the driver’s license, a test may or may not be required.
Failure to comply with this regulation will be charged at 74 euros.
Particularity for young foreign drivers
All drivers holding a category B driving license less than 2 years old at the time of taking up residence in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg must attend a one-day training course at the Training Center in Colmar-Berg. cCci concerns all driving licenses, issued in the European Economic Area or not. More information on the young driver training course.
How to exchange your driver’s license in Luxembourg?
The application can be made immediately upon arrival in Luxembourg or within 1 year after taking up residence in the Grand Duchy. During this year, the holder of a foreign license will be able to drive in the Grand Duchy with his foreign license . However, he will be subject to a control and to sanctions if he exceeds the imposed deadlines.
In order to have his license retranscribed and obtain a Luxembourg driver’s license, the driver must apply to the SNCA in Sandweiler.
To do this, he/she will:
- Complete a specific application form with the SNCA driver’s license department
- provide a valid photocopy of both sides of the foreign driver’s license,
- a passport photo,
- a certificate of residence dated less than one month obtained from the local authority of residence,
- a photocopy of a valid identity document.
The form “Application for a Luxembourg driver’s license” can now be completed online via the “MyGuichet” website. More information on the Guichet.lu website.
Validity and renewal of the Luxembourg driver’s license
Finally, once you have registered or retyped your license, don’t forget to ask about its validity period.
In Luxembourg, the period of validity of a driving license depends on its category and its date of issue. Although the SNCA often warns you when it’s time to renew, be sure to get informed!
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