Need to change your driver's license to drive in Luxembourg?

Getting your driver's license recognized in Luxembourg

It's official! You are now a resident of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. You've taken care of all the formalities to get settled in the best possible conditions. But you still have one final concern.

As well as insuring and registering your vehicle, you now need to have your driving license validated so that you can travel legally and safely in Luxembourg.
Find out here what you need to know to register your driving license in your new place of residence, whether you obtained it in a European Union country... or not!

Register your EU driver's license

European driver's license in Luxembourg

European driving licenses are recognized throughout Europe

Good news! Your driving license is valid in Luxembourg if it was issued by a member country of the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA). Mutual recognition between member states makes it easier for you. It allows you toinsure your car without having to go to the local administration to exchange your license. Thank you, Europe!

Nevertheless, we recommend that you at least register your foreign driving license. This will save you trouble, especially in the event of loss or theft.

Loss or theft of your driver's licence: what's the solution?

Lost or had your driving license stolen? Not a chance... You'll have to find another means of transport, as you won't be able to drive in Luxembourg . Even if you have reported the loss or theft to the relevant authorities, this will not be enough to continue driving in Luxembourg without your driving license.

Your only solution is to turn to the country that issued your driver's license. This will enable you to obtain a certificate attesting that you have obtained your driving license. Vehicle category, date of issue and validity date must all appear on this document for it to be considered valid.

To avoid this administrative hassle if you're unlucky, we advise you to think ahead! Register your license with the Grand Duchy's administration, or exchange it for a Luxembourg license.

How do I register my driver's license in Luxembourg?

Would you like to register your EU license and convert it into a Luxembourg license? Nothing could be simpler! All you have to do is register it with the Société Nationale de Circulation Automobile's driving license department in Sandweiler.

If you have registered your driving license in Luxembourg, the SNCA will issue a duplicate free of charge. This will enable you to drive in the Grand Duchy. To register your driver's license, you need to provide the following documents:

  • Your transcription request form (downloadable from their website)
  • Your ID
  • A certified copy of your driver's license

The consequences of registering your driver's license in Luxembourg

Once your driving license has been registered, Luxembourg law applies. 

First of all, you have 12 points on your Luxembourg driver's license. These may be deducted in the event of a traffic offence .

Your Luxembourg driving license is valid for 10 years up to the age of 70. After this age, it will be renewed for 5 years. Then 2 years after the age of 80. Each time, you will receive a letter from the SNCA inviting you to renew it when it expires.

Exchange your driving license obtained outside the European Union

Driving licences outside the European Union in Luxembourg

Obligation to exchange driver's licenses obtained outside the EU

The following information is important for drivers who have taken their driving test outside the European Union or the European Economic Area.

If you still want to sit behind the wheel in the Grand Duchy, you'll need to exchange your foreign license for a Luxembourg one.

Transcribing your driver's license: what to do?

To drive in Luxembourg with a non-EU foreign driver's license, you need to transcribe your license. You have 1 year to do this once you have settled in Luxembourg.

The procedure is the same as for a license obtained in the EU, with one difference: you must apply for a transcription instead of an exchange.

Please contact the SNCA. You'll need to pay 30 euros to have your license transcribed. Here are the documents you need to provide:

  • Your transcription request form (download from their website)
  • Your ID
  • A certified copy of your driver's license
  • Extract from the Luxembourg criminal record
  • Proof of residence.

 Driver's license and bonus: useful information

 How does a "virtual driving licence" work in Luxembourg?

Drivers on the roads of the Grand Duchy who hold a foreign European license benefit from a capital of 12 virtual points.

In the event of a breach of the Luxembourg highway code, points may be deducted from this virtual license. The number of points deducted depends on the offence committed. When the number of points reaches zero, the license holder is no longer allowed to drive in Luxembourg. They will then have to retake their driving test.

How do I keep my insurance bonus?

Even though you're changing country and therefore car insurance, this doesn't mean you're a young driver. You can still keep your car insurance bonus! You should know that our insurance partner AXA Luxembourg offers you a car insurance rate based on your years of experience. So you can keep the bonus you earned in your home country.

On the road to new adventures! You now have all the information you need to get your license recognized in Luxembourg.

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