Customs Clearance

Learn about the first step in importing a car to Luxembourg - customs clearance...

A specific sequence of steps must be followed to register an imported vehicle in Luxembourg. The procedure can be time consuming and in the case of a new vehicle, a dealer may take care of the registration process on behalf of the buyer (possibly for an additional fee). There are also some specialist companies providing the service on a fee basis.

Take the car to the Customs & Excise office (Bureau des Douanes et Accises - Centre Douanier). The office provides a Form 705 to be completed and submitted with the documents outlined below. The Vignette 705, which is issued on completion of the process, proves that the vehicle has been correctly imported and may be registered in Luxembourg.

Buying and importing a new car from the EU

When presenting the vehicle at the customs office, provide the following documents with the Form 705:

  • The previous registration certificate (certificat d'immatriculation) if the vehicle has already been in use
  • Original or a certified copy of the Certificate of Conformity (Certificat de conformité Européen) issued by the manufacturer or dealer
  • Original purchase invoice or sale contract as proof of payment
  • All documents associated with the vehicle
  • Insurance certificate issued by an insurance company licenced in Luxembourg

The following personal documents must also be supplied:

  • Proof of identification (identity card or passport)
  • Social security number (11 digit number)
  • Valid certificate of residence issued by the Municipal office/town hall (commune) attesting that the owner is resident in Luxembourg. This certificate is valid for one month after issue

Buying and importing a used car from the EU

A Luxembourg resident follows the same steps as above to register a used imported vehicle. If they have bought the used car in another EU country, three original bills of sale (for the buyer, the seller and the Technical Control centre) are required. Each bill must include the following:

  • Statement the car has been "sold in its present condition" (vehicule vendu dans l'état bien connu de l'acheteur)
  • Name and address of the seller
  • Name and address of the buyer
  • Date
  • Price paid
  • Make, colour and chassis number of the car
  • Original signature of both seller and buyer

The seller must also supply the person importing the vehicle with a signed copy of an identity document and the original vehicle registration document.

In the case of a used car that is owned by the person importing it, and registered in their name, documents required are the same as when importing a new car but sale contracts are not required.

Note: The Vignette 705 is not required for cars imported from Belgium; additional documents issued by the Police Judiciaire and proving that the vehicle is not stolen is required for those brought in from Italy. Cars imported from the UK require technical modifications: the headlights must be altered.

Buying and importing a used car from outside the EU

The procedure is as described above except that the original invoice and buyer's certificate of residence must be stamped by the "Administration de l'Enregistrement - Bureau des Actes Civils"