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Applying for a French Driving Licence

Posted by Durham Lass-390934 - Created: 4 years ago
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Posted by steverockers-392585 - 4 years ago

Have a look at my recent posting on the Normandy site, cars bikes and driving, 'update'.  This gives all the info but you need to check out your local prefecture as each one seems to have different rules. 

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Posted by Joe-Huelgoat-383105 - 4 years ago

Where do we go to obtain the relevant forms please?

 

Where are you ?

It is a simple process and the cost is the princely sum of a postage stamp.

 

In order to apply for a French permis de conduire you will need to contact your local préfecture.

The application form is a Cerfa n°11247.

 

http://www.droitissimo.com/sites/default/files/formulaires/cerfa_11247_02_demande_permis_conduire_selon_autres_modalites_que_examen.pdf

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Posted by Durham Lass-390934 - 4 years ago

Where do we go to obtain the relevant forms please?

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Posted by Durham Lass-390934 - 4 years ago

Yes Max Clifford, it did cross my mind, but you know what they say - 'better the devil you know . . .'

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Posted by max clifford - 4 years ago

Hello Durham Lass,

It might be a better idea to swap your hubby in and get a newer one,Ive heard Guildford is a good place to look.

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Posted by NellP-986196 - 4 years ago

Having a UK licence with a UK address on it, when you live in France, is not illegal.  The DVLA  have confirmed to us that they have no facility for putting a non UK address on a UK driving licence and as it is actually a European licence it is legal in any member state.  However, changing it as you approach 70 might be a good idea but bear in mind that some prefectures will not change your licence unless it is a requirement by the Gendarmes, eg. when you have committed an offence and points need to be deducted from your licence. 

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Posted by Freckleface-401505 - 4 years ago

One big advantage with having a French licence is that it is a perfect identity document and is accepted whenever one is required.

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Posted by LRV24 - 4 years ago

Not quite jet lag. You can keep your UK licence but you are not able to change your address do the old address stays until the ,incense expires.

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Posted by Durham Lass-390934 - 4 years ago

Thank you everyone for all your comments.  Yes, I should have mentioned that we are actually resident in France and are not intending to return to the UK in the foreseeable future.   Where can we obtain the relevant forms etc. to start the ball rolling?

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Posted by Jet Lag - 4 years ago

But you can keep your UK licence (it is an EU licence after all) providing it has an address where you can be contacted.

The law is still the same.

When it needs renewing they will ask if you are a UK resident. You need to do nothing until that time, except give them an address where you can be contactable.