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UK to French driving licence

Posted by lob-189383 - Created: 13 years ago
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Posted by lob-189383 - 13 years ago

thks for the pointers guys n girls. I found this on the ol interweb:http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/home/drivinglicence/faq/001_fr.htmand duly went to cop shop where their hook was slung. prolly worth having a print out of that in the car.

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Posted by wendy-179831 - 13 years ago

Ah, wait, in the code de la Route it says that a driver not wearing seatbelt loses 1 point. As I understand it, this means you will have to exchange your licence so that the point can be removed, so...

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Posted by wendy-179831 - 13 years ago

It's in the EU rules:

see here: http://riviera.angloinfo.com/information/1/eudriving1.aspor here: http://europa.eu.int/abc/travel/driving/index_en.htm

Maybe you could try the Europe Direct info hotline: 00 800 6 789 1011

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Posted by lob-189383 - 13 years ago

does anyone know where i could find a document declaring that it is legal to drive on a UK licence even if you are a carte de sejour holder?

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Posted by lob-189383 - 13 years ago

does anyone know if it is a points offence for not wearing a seatbelt? i believe the poice are going to try and "do" me for not having a french licence. if there are no points for not wearing a belt presumably i should go to the cop shop and tell them to sling their proverbial hook.

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Posted by wendy-179831 - 13 years ago

Hi lob

You find all the details on exchanging your driving licence on this page: http://riviera.angloinfo.com/information/1/exlicence.asp

If you are driving on a clean EU country licence then you are under no obligation to exchange it (but you may if you want to - and it's a fairly painless process).

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Posted by lob-189383 - 13 years ago

oh and as a caret de sejour holder perhaps i am supposed to have a french licence as opposed to someone who does not?

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Posted by lob-189383 - 13 years ago

mike - according to the pleasant *ahem* police municipale what stopped me what you say is bishop. the eejits even thought that UK on the licence meant i was from Ukraine - where do they recruit these dullards?they were stopping me for no seatbelt - maybe thats a points means prizes event?

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 13 years ago

You don't have to exchange a GB licence for a local one in any EU country, unless you are forced to do so after an infringement which requires the deduction of points in the 'host' country.

You can legally drive on your GB licence for as long as you wish unless the above applies.

 

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Posted by Jeanne B-196092 - 13 years ago

It probably won't, as there are less people queuing up for an exchange as for a normal licence. It is a different room in the prefecture in Nice. However, it is best to arrive early, before the opening time.Make sure you ring first and ask exactly what is required, otherwise you will be sent home! For what I remember, you should have your current licence, something to prove your identity, and something to prove you reside in France ( an EDF, a service es Eaux or a France telecom bill). I think there is a form to fill in. You can obtain it from your local mairie.Good luck,Jeanne