Who’s allowed to drive in France? You are settling in France and you want to drive: you can do it thanks to your own (foreign) driving license, subject to conditions: - Your DL must be valid, - Issued by your home country (or the one you were used to live), - Your DL must be in French (or you need to have a certified translation), - You must be 18 years old (to drive a car), - You must respect medical information published on your license (such as wearing glasses). Authorization to drive with your DL differ according to your status and nationality: - Diplomat, you can drive for your entire mission in France, - UE citizen, you can drive maximum 18 months, - Non-UE citizen you cannot drive more than 12 months (unless you are student allowed to drive during all your studies). Beyond these deadlines, you will need to transfer your DL to a French one. Be careful, if you drive with an invalid DL, you could receive a fine, your car could be confiscated, or you could even go to jail! Transfer your DL …. Administrative headache ahead! First step: hope your home country is in the list! If your country belongs to one’s trading DL transfer with France, you’re lucky … otherwise you cannot get it. The list of countries is available on French government web site (https://www.service- public.fr/particuliers/ vosdroits/F1460). Few examples below: - China drivers cannot ask for French driving license but Hong-Kong residents can. - Some American states are in the list (South Carolina), others not (North Carolina) - Australian residents can transfer to certain driving licenses, while New Zealand’s cannot at all. Second step: get CERFA number XYZ! You will then need to find the appropriate legal document, fill it, bring it with a long list of supporting documents (such as ID, proof of residence, photos, visa, etc ...) to the administration.
Last but not least, since French public administration no longer provide copies, you will need to present original documents and copies … Obviously, you will have to pay a fee to get your valuable document, and be very patient ... the procedure can last for months. It's better to go ahead! Rules to drive in France You finally succeed to get it? Good news: it’s generally valid for 15 years. Bad news: you only have 12 points. Traffic violations can make you lose some, and with no points, no drive. You can lose 1 to 6 point per infringement (8 max at a time). See below: - Drink-driving or narcotics usage: 6 points - Speeding: 1 to 6 points - Traffic and Parking: 1 to 4 points (3 points if you phone while driving) - Safety belt missing: 3 points In order to be in good standing with the regulations, before you drive, make sure you have the following: Checklist before driving - Your Driving license (12 points) - A proof of vehicle ownership or hire “carte grise” - The vehicle insurance - « Contrôle technique » (if your car has more than 5 years, you need to get this valid check every 2 years) - A spare set of bulbs must be in the car - A breathalyzer kit - A hazard warning triangle - At least 2 High-visibility waistcoats
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