Anyone wishing to drive a vehicle must be in possession of a driving licence valid for the category of vehicle being used. The points system for driving licences was set up in the Grand Duchy in 2002. The standard European driving licence was introduced in the Grand Duchy in January 2013.
The driving licence department of the National Society for Automobile Traffic (Société nationale de circulation automobile, SNCA) handles everything connected with driving licences except for matters involving the points system, disputes, and medical issues. These last are dealt with directly by the Department of Transports.
Obtaining a driving licence
To obtain a driving licence in the Grand Duchy, candidates must:
- be at least 18 years old for vehicles in category B (17 years in the case of learning to drive under the accompanied learning scheme). Minimum age requirements for driving motorised vehicles in other categories are indicated on the website of the Department of Transport;
- sign up with a driving school approved by the Minister responsible for Transport for at least 12 hours of theory lessons and 16 hours of practical lessons;
- pass a theoretical exam organised by the National Society for Automobile Traffic (SNCA);
- pass a practical examination.
Having a foreign driving licence transcribed or registered
- If your licence was issued by an EU or EEA member country, it is recommended that you have your licence registered so that the Luxembourg authorities can quickly issue you with a Luxembourgish licence if your own licence is lost or stolen.
- If your licence was issued by a country that is not in the EU, you are entitled to use your licence for a period of one year before having it transcribed, i.e. exchanged for a Luxembourgish license.
Replacing a driving licence that has been stolen, lost, or damaged
Under Luxembourgish legislation, a driver is not allowed to drive a vehicle if he/she is unable to produce a valid driving licence when a check is carried out.