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Modified vehicle and registration certificate (ex-gray card)

Verified 01 juillet 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

If you modify (or have your vehicle modified) and this results in a change in the technical characteristics listed on the gray card, you will have to have it modified. This is the case, for example, if you convert a commercial vehicle into a private vehicle or have your motorcycle unridden (after having reached 2 years of experience with your A2 license obtained before your 24 years).

In particular, you must, within 1 month, request an update of the technical data of the gray card of your vehicle, on the website of the National Agency for Secured Securities (ANTS), if you carry out any of the following transformations:

  • Modification affecting the characteristics of the descriptive notice (power, weight and dimensions, axles, braking, controls, steering and visibility, energy, pollutant emissions and noise pollution)
  • Change in vehicle type
  • Unloading of a motorcycle carried out by a professional, making it go from category A2 to A (case of a motorcyclist who has been driving for 2 years with a A license that he obtained before his 24 years).

The following cases shall in particular be covered by the declaration:

  • Adding a sidecar
  • Development of a camper van
  • Development of a car by ambulance or vehicle capable of transporting a person in a wheelchair
  • Transform a commercial vehicle into a specific vehicle or vice versa.

  Warning : the unlocking of motorcycles is authorized for new motorcycles and those already in use provided they are equipped with an anti-lock braking system.

However, a minor transformation does not require a change in your gray card. So, for example,

  • the fitting of a car seat to the passenger vehicle,
  • changing seat covers or floor mats,
  • the installation of a navigation aid system,
  • the installation of decorative elements when they do not reduce the visibility of the driver

do not cause a change in the gray card.

  FYI : films or glazing tinted on front side windows and on the windscreen of the vehicle shall be prohibited if they have a transparency rate of less than 70%.

The request is made online using the following remote service:

Ask for a gray card following the transformation of the vehicle

National Secured Securities Agency (NSA)

You must identify yourself through France Connect..

Of numeric points (with computers, printers and scanners) are available in each prefecture and in most sub-prefectures. You can accomplish the process, helped by mediators if you encounter difficulties with the use of the Internet.

You can also be accompanied in your walk in a house of services to the public.

Who shall I contact

  Warning : it is no longer possible to request a gray card from the prefecture or the sub-prefecture.

The parts to be produced vary according to the transformation: unridding a motorcycle (A2 to A), modification of the bodywork (example: to make a motorhome), change of unladen weight (example: additional facilities for a disabled person).

General case

For any significant transformation (chassis transformation, power, weight and dimensions, axles, braking, actuators, steering and visibility, energy, polluting emissions and noise), you must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the approval report in isolation (RTI).

This document shall be issued by Dreal, unless you live in departments 75, 77, 78, 91, 92, 93, 94 and 95.. In this case, you must ask the regional vehicle reception platform of the DRIEE Île-de-France.

For a vehicle reconstituted from spare parts or a used vehicle without a certificate of registration, you must request an Isolated Approval Report (IIR) at the Dreal..

For any vehicle submitted to the isolated type-approval, you must present proof of a valid roadworthiness test for the vehicles subject to this obligation..

  Please note : in the case of used mass-produced vehicles, a certificate of conformity shall be issued by the processor. This document allows the vehicle to be registered without having to be approved in isolation. It must be kept on board the converted vehicle to be presented during a road test or during visits to periodic technical checks.

Who shall I contact

If you're going to do it for someone else, you need a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification..

You must certify on the honor that the gray card applicant has

  • a vehicle insurance certificate
  • and a driving license corresponding to the category of the registered vehicle.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's license. However, you may be asked to do so when you are examining your file.

Regulation gray card amount must be made by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you will get:

  • a file number,
  • an acknowledgement of your application
  • and an Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print out. The CPI allows you to travel for 1 month, only in France, waiting to receive your gray card.

You will receive the final gray card under secure fold at home a delay that may vary.. You can follow the progress of its manufacture online:

Follow your gray card request

National Secured Securities Agency (NSA)

Bring the Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC).

Unlocking a motorcycle

You must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the certificate of conformity issued and signed by the manufacturer or his accredited representative who carried out the transformation.

If you're going to do it for someone else, you need a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification..

You must certify on the honor that the gray card applicant has

  • a vehicle insurance certificate
  • and a driving license corresponding to the category of the registered vehicle.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's license. However, you may be asked to do so when you are examining your file.

Regulation gray card amount must be made by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you will get:

  • a file number,
  • an acknowledgement of your application
  • and an Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print out. The CPI allows you to travel for 1 month, only in France, waiting to receive your gray card.

You will receive the final gray card under secure fold at home a delay that may vary.. You can follow the progress of its manufacture online:

Follow your gray card request

National Secured Securities Agency (NSA)

Bring the Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC).

Changing the bodywork

You must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the following documents:

  • Certificate of the bodybuilder indicating the nature of the transformation and the type of the new bodywork, as well as the weight of the unladen vehicle (PV), the total permissible laden weight (PTAC) or the total permissible laden weight/total permissible PTRA.
  • If the bodywork has been modified in a third country to the European Union, certificate 846A issued by a French customs office

To obtain the 846A certificate:

If you're going to do it for someone else, you need a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification..

You must certify on the honor that the gray card applicant has

  • a vehicle insurance certificate
  • and a driving license corresponding to the category of the registered vehicle.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's license. However, you may be asked to do so when you are examining your file.

Regulation gray card amount must be made by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you will get:

  • a file number,
  • an acknowledgement of your application
  • and an Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print out. The CPI allows you to travel for 1 month, only in France, waiting to receive your gray card.

You will receive the final gray card under secure fold at home a delay that may vary.. You can follow the progress of its manufacture online:

Follow your gray card request

National Secured Securities Agency (NSA)

Bring the Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC).

Change in vehicle weight

You must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the following documents:

  • In case of change of unladen weight (PV), vehicle weighing report
  • If the PTAC or PTAC/PTRA torque is changed for a vehicle type-approved under several weights, a certificate issued in the course of a technical inspection less than 3 months old.

If you're going to do it for someone else, you need a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification..

You must certify on the honor that the gray card applicant has

  • a vehicle insurance certificate
  • and a driving license corresponding to the category of the registered vehicle.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's license. However, you may be asked to do so when you are examining your file.

Regulation gray card amount must be made by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you will get:

  • a file number,
  • an acknowledgement of your application
  • and an Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print out. The CPI allows you to travel for 1 month, only in France, waiting to receive your gray card.

You will receive the final gray card under secure fold at home a delay that may vary.. You can follow the progress of its manufacture online:

Follow your gray card request

National Secured Securities Agency (NSA)

Bring the Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC).

If you make modifications to your vehicle before redrawing the gray card to your name, the cost will be that of the vehicle with the new features.

If the changes are made later, the cost will vary depending on the type of change made.

You can determine the cost with the simulator:

Calculate the cost of the greycard

Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Dila) - Prime Minister

You must declare the modification of your vehicle within one month of the completion of the work, otherwise you may be fined up to €750 (in general, flat-rate fine of €135).

  Warning : wild unloading is strictly prohibited. The use of an unrestricted moped in public roads is punishable by a fine €135..