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Vehicle to be destroyed and carte grise

Verified 12 novembre 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you decide to have your vehicle destroyed, including a car, van or 2-wheel drive, you must turn it over to an approved VHU centre. This vehicle must be whole.

Vehicles registered in France

You must contact an Out of Use Vehicle (HHV) centre. Since used vehicles are considered waste, only HSV centres are authorised to dispose of them.

You can recognise a VHU centre with its logo:

Crédits : Ministry of EnvironmentVHU Logo

Logo of centres dealing with the destruction of end-of-life vehicles - plus de détails dans le texte suivant l’infographie

Logo of centres dealing with the destruction of end-of-life vehicles

You have the carte grise

  • You must enter the entry in a very legible and unalterable way « Sold on (day/month/year) for destruction » or « Assigned on (day/month/year) for destruction » and your signature.
    If there were multiple co-holders, it must be signed by all (unless one of the holders has the power of attorney to do so).
    When the carte grise has a detachable coupon, you must complete, cut and hold it.
    When the carte grise has the cut-out corner on the top right, you must cut and destroy it.
  • Form cerfa 15776 completed, with the contact details of the VHU centre and, if possible, its approval number. Return copy 2 to the centre.

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

You don't have the carte grise

You lost it

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

It was stolen from you

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

Your card was removed because your vehicle was damaged

  • Notice of withdrawal of registration certificate (issued by the police or the gendarmerie)
  • Certificate of Administrative Status less than 15 days old
  • Form cerfa 15776 completed, with the contact information of the VHU centre and, if possible, its VHU approval number. Return copy 2 to the centre.

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

The delivery of your full vehicle at the VHU centre is free. However, a possible transportation service to the VHU centre can be at your expense.

In most cases, this declaration can be registered directly with the VHU centre that takes the vehicle back from you.

Alternatively, you can declare the assignment online using the following online service:

Declare the delivery of a vehicle to an end-of-life vehicle centre (UVC)

Ministry of the Interior

You must identify yourself France Connect.

A digital copy device (scanner, digital camera, smartphone or tablet equipped with a photo function) is required.

You must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the copy n°1 of the completed form cerfa n°15776, on which are indicated the coordinates of the VHU centre and, if possible, its approval number.

Of numeric points (with computers, printers and scanners) are available in every prefecture and in most sub-prefectures. You can do the process there. You can be helped by digital mediators if you encounter difficulties using the internet.

You can also be accompanied by a France Services establishment or a public service house:

Who shall I contact

  Warning : it is no longer possible to file the declaration with prefectures and sub-prefectures (or send it by mail).

Inform your insurance company of the destruction of the vehicle. This information is used to terminate the contract.

Foreigner-registered vehicle

You must contact an Out of Use Vehicle (HHV) centre. Since used vehicles are considered waste, only HSV centres are authorised to dispose of them.

You can recognise a VHU centre with its logo:

Crédits : Ministry of EnvironmentVHU Logo

Logo of centres dealing with the destruction of end-of-life vehicles - plus de détails dans le texte suivant l’infographie

Logo of centres dealing with the destruction of end-of-life vehicles

You have the carte grise

You must return the carte grise of the vehicle to the VHU centre.

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

You don't have the carte grise

You lost it

You should contact the administrative authorities of the country where the vehicle was registered to find out what steps you should take to obtain a copy of your carte grise.

You must return the copy of the vehicle carte grise to the VHU Centre.

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

It was stolen from you

You have to flight declaration the police or the police station.

You must then contact the administrative authorities of the country in which the vehicle was registered to find out what steps should be taken to obtain a copy of your carte grise.

You must return the copy of the vehicle carte grise to the VHU Centre.

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

Your card was removed because your vehicle was damaged

You must have the following documents:

  • Notice of withdrawal of the certificate of registration (issued by the police or the gendarmerie) or the certificate of delivery
  • Form cerfa 15776 completed, with the contact details of the VHU centre and, if possible, its VHU approval number

  Warning : hand over the copy n°2 of form cerfa n°15776 to the VHU centre.

The approved VHU Centre will give you a certificate of destruction.

The delivery of your full vehicle at the VHU centre is free. However, a possible transportation service to the VHU centre can be at your expense.

Inform your insurance company of the destruction of the vehicle.