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Changing UK for French driving licence

Posted by Suzanne C-192641 - Created: 7 years ago
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Posted by Louise & Dave - 7 years ago

Hi I did it just last week at the Grasse office.  It was pretty painless and free.  Take the usual edf bill, your passport (and copy) and birth certificate (and copy), your original driving licence which they keep - oh and an envelope which you have to get from the post office .  I went 8.30 in the morning and was out in 20mins.  New licence arrived beginning of this week. It's worth taking a handful of 20 centimes in case you have to make copies in the office. Hope that helps and good luck.

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Posted by Garonne - 7 years ago

No, you have to surrender your UK licence if you apply for a French one.

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Posted by Anton Blackie - 7 years ago

Sally, what is the time limit for the exchange? do you get to keep your UK license?

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Posted by sally_in_france - 7 years ago

If you plan to stay here long time then get your licences transferred, it is easy, all the info is on the site at the prefecture.  If you go past the time limit for a transfer from uk to french licnce then you start to un into problems........

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Posted by Suzanne C-192641 - 7 years ago

Thanks for the reply.  Just to clarify, we know we can use our UK licences here but we want to change them as they are very old and worn.  We no longer have a UK address, otherwise we'd have used that and got new British ones.  Thanks for the ink re accompanying learners.

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Posted by jonymar - 7 years ago

Your Uk licence is valid throughout the European Union, so in theory yes, if you fulfill all the other conditions, but you may have a problem convincing the police if get a controle.


You can check out the Information pages on this site, for info on changing your licence.