When you move to or from Lucerne, there are always administrative tasks that need to be taken care of. In this article we have compiled the most important information and addresses about the various offices in Lucerne.

Resident services in Lucerne

The resident services in Lucerne are responsible for the following tasks, among others: Moving in, moving out, changing your address, confirming your residence, issuing an interim or home residence card, changing your place of residence and registration of dogs.

If you are moving to Lucerne, moving within Lucerne or planning to move out of Lucerne, you should report this to the residents’ services within 14 days. You can do this either at the counter or by submitting a form online. All documents and online forms can be found here.

It is important to know that only Swiss citizens can use the online registration and cancellation forms. Foreign nationals are obliged to come by the counter in person.

You will need the following documents to register and deregister in Lucerne:

Swiss nationals:

  • Certificate of origin (original)
  • rental agreement
  • Subtenant: Confirmation of property management and health insurance policy

Foreign nationals:

  • Passport/ID card
  • foreigners card
  • rental agreement
  • contract of employment
  • health insurance policy

Address Resident Services Lucerne

Obergrundstrasse 1
6003 Lucerne
041 208 83 56

The counter opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:00 o’clock
Thursday: 08:00 to 18:30 o’clock

The Road Traffic Office Lucerne

The Lucerne Road Traffic Office is your point of contact when it comes to admission to road traffic (vehicle driver and vehicle). If you move to Lucerne or within Lucerne, this must also be reported to the Road Traffic Office. As always, the registration period is 14 days after the move. However, not only the address in the driving license must be changed, but also the license plates must be adapted if you move from one canton to another.

Moving within Lucerne

A change of address must be reported to the Lucerne Road Traffic Office. Bring the documents in person or send them by post. However, you cannot go to the Road Traffic Licensing Office until you have visited the residents’ registration office. If you want to change your address, it must be registered with the residents’ registration office.

Moving in from another canton

If you are moving to Lucerne from another canton, you must present the following documents:

  • Copy of driving license (front and back)
  • Copy of residence confirmation
  • Foreign nationals: Copy of alien’s identity card

If you still have an old paper driving license, you must apply for a new one. You will need the following documents: a current color passport photo, the original driving license, a copy of your ID/passport and the completed form for exchanging your driving license.

All important forms from the Road Traffic Office can be downloaded online.


Change of driving license: 30 CHF
Driving license in credit card format: 45 CHF
Change of address in vehicle registration document: 25 CHF
Pair of control plates: 40 CHF
Individual control plate: 20 CHF

Address Road Traffic Office Lucerne

Arsenal road 45
6010 Kriens
041 318 11 11

The counter opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 07:30 to 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:30 o’clock
Friday: 07:30 to 16:30 o’clock

Parking space reservation for the move in Lucerne

Reserving a parking space for a move is no easy task in Lucerne. If your new place of residence does not have a private parking space, you must reserve a public one for the time of the move. To do this, you need official reservation signals from the city of Lucerne. The best way to receive these is to call the Office for Transport and Infrastructure (VIF). The employees have a large number of parking lot reservation signals that can be set up the day before the removal date. If you are in possession of official signals, the Lucerne police can distribute fines if the parking spaces are occupied illegally, thus contributing to a guaranteed reservation.

Telephone number VIF: 041 318 12 12

Compensation Fund Lucerne

The Compensation Fund Lucerne is responsible for all questions concerning your social insurance. If you move, you should also inform the Compensation Fund Lucerne.

Address of the Compensation Fund Lucerne

Würzenbachstrasse 8
6000 Lucerne
041 375 05 05

Opening hours Monday to Friday:

Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 16:30
Before public holidays: 16:00 o’clock

Disposal points in Lucerne

REAL” (Recycling Entsorgung Abwasser im Kanton Luzern) is responsible for all types of waste disposal. They operate large collection points for all types of waste disposal. Here you can read all the information and opening hours about the so-called Ökihöfen. In addition to the Ökihöfen, there are also privately run collection points in Lucerne. Take a look at this recycling map to see where the nearest collection point is.

Additional tips:
We have compiled various tips for you for the apartment search in Lucerne. You will learn how to find a suitable apartment in Lucerne more easily.