The European Driving Licence

Find out how long a driver's licence issued in the EU or EEA is valid in Luxembourg...

Driving licences issued in one EU country are recognised by other member states. Holders of EU or EEA licences from another member state may only renew their licence in the country in which they are resident.  For expatriate residents of Luxembourg, this means that renewing a licence in Luxembourg converts it to an EU licence. The validity periods of licences issued in other member states still apply in Luxembourg.

Using a valid EU/EEA-issued Licence in Luxembourg

Driving licences issued by EU/EEA member states are valid in Luxembourg. However the licence should be registered with the Ministry of Transport to avoid complications during loss or theft. A certificate of residence must be provided (and where temporary accommodation has been used in more than one commune before registration, a certificate of residence of each commune has to be provided).

The licence-holder may also exchange their permit for a Luxembourg one if they choose to. Luxembourg operates a points system, retracting points for driving offences. If the licence holder commits a violation, an exchange becomes compulsory so that points can be retracted.

To register an EU/EEA licence

Deliver a completed form and a copy of the license to the town hall of the place of residence; this is sent on to the SNCA for registration and the licence holder receives a letter of confirmation. There is no charge.

An application form can be downloaded and supplied with the following documents:

  • Form Demande en obtention d’un permis de conduire
  • Photocopy of both sides of the foreign licence
  • Certificate of residence (certificat de résidence) no more than one month old, issued by the municipality office (commune)
  • Photocopy of valid photo ID

To request a licence exchange

Complete the application form which can be downloaded and provide the following documents:

  • Form Demande en obtention d’un permis de conduire
  • Recent ID photograph 45 x 35 mm
  • Certificate of residence (certificat de résidence) no more than one month old, issued by the municipality office (commune)
  • Photocopy of both sides of the foreign licence
  • Photocopy of valid photo ID
  • Tax stamp (Timbre de Chancellerie), available from the SNCA or the Administration de l'enregistrement et des domaines
  • A certificate of no criminal record (Bulletin number 2 from Casier Judiciere Luxembourg), no more than three months old (in French)

The licence will be exchanged for one in an equivalent category; the original licence is held by the SNCA.