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Driving Licences


Anyone driving a motor vehicle on the roads in France must be 18 years or older and have a valid driving licence (permis de conduire). This licence must be carried on all journeys and must be presented to an official on demand. Some foreign-issued driving licences are valid in France indefinitely (provided certain requirements are met) and some are valid for a limited period of up to 90 days. Some may be exchanged for French licences provided a reciprocal exchange agreement exists. Foreign issued licences fall into one of three categories:

  1. May be used in France or optionally exchanged for a French one (applies to all EU-issued licences - conditions apply).
  2. Must be exchanged within one year of residency in France.
  3. May not be exchanged. The holder must undergo a full driving test (theory and practical) in order to get a French driving licence.