Travelling To France
Like the UK, France has its share of toll roads, and these are operated by Emovis To avoid waiting in long queues at tolling booths, we’d recommend purchasing an Emovis before you leave the UK. Not only will the save you time, but if .
Latest travel advice for France, including how to stay safe during the coronavirus (COVID) pandemic and information on returning to the UK.
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Documents for driving in France Vehicles from the UK can be temporarily imported into France for up to six months in any period of 12 months. In order to stay on the right side of the law, the following documents should always be carried: Full, valid UK driving licence Proof of ID (passport) Motor insurance certificate V5 registration document.
How to drive to France from the UK
Something to say? Please leave a comment. Do I need to exchange my UK driving licence in France? Directions on how to get this are below. At the end of June , the French government issued new guidance. NB This system will not be live before the beginning of July European Pre-Brexit Licences Legally, a European driving licence does not need to be exchanged for a French one unless you: commit an infraction and incur points need to renew a licence due to loss, theft or expiry wish to add driving categories These rules are outlined in French on the Service Public site.
If you already have a FranceConnect account enabling you to access several public service sites with the same details you can use that, otherwise you will need to create an account on the ANTS site. The best resource for up-to-date information on applying for a French driving licence is the Facebook group of the same name.
You will find a list of all the documents required on the group page. You can find the location of one near you by inputting your post code on the ANTS site. Your photos will have a 22 digit alphanumeric code to be included in your application. See below for an explanation as categories that are included on the standard licence in the UK are covered by this. Everybody needs to provide proof of their right to drive if they have a British licence.
If your licence is in date, even if your photocard has expired, you can go to the DVLA site and use their check code service to download a driving licence summary. Please note the check code is not enough, you have to download the summary document. You can use webchat or phone on the DVLA main number , but be aware that you will probably be cut off multiple times due to the lines being overwhelmed, and once you do get through you will be on hold for up to 30 minutes.
It helps to ring or chat at 9 am French time as that is when the lines open. This is simpler if the licence has been issued in a country which has a reciprocal agreement with France. You will find a list of those countries here. The process is outlined in French here and has now also been moved on line with the link appearing on the aforementioned page. Disclaimer: while we make every effort to keep information on our site correct and up-to-date you are advised to double check current requirements on the government website.
The French Driving Licence The new licence will be sent to your home address. It will be a full licence unless you had passed your test within the 3 years prior to the exchange in which case it will be a probational one. The start date shown is the date of your French licence, so you are best to keep a photocopy of the old one to prove when you first started to drive for insurance purposes.
The French licence is valid for 15 years, unless you are allowed to drive HGVs in which case it will be valid for 5 years. However all that is required at present is to update it with a new photo, as there is no age limit for driving in France and no requirement to attend a medical after a certain age, unlike in the UK.
You can find an explanation of the categories on the UK government site. In France the Cs and Ds are dependent on passing an additional test and a medical. If you are not bothered about driving a small lorry or a minibus then you just need to confirm that you are happy to lose the entitlement.
Go on to the ANTS site to ask for the licence to be renewed before it expires.