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Recovery of driver's licence points

Verified 23 mai 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You've lost driver's licence points and you want to know when you're going to get them back? This page explains the rules for a normal 12-point permit and 6-point probationary licence.

Normal 12-point permit

Point recovery is automatic after a certain time or by participating in road safety awareness training.

6 months

If you lose 1 point, you get it after 6 months.

You must not commit another crime offence to the highway code during this 6 month period.

Points are removed where the infringement is established.

The time to get the short points from the date on which the offence is established.

The offence is established by:

  • payment of the last standard fine,
  • or issue of enforceable title a standard fineincreased,
  • or the execution of criminal,
  • or by a final judgement.

2 years

You get your 12 points at the end of 2 years if:

  • Your folder does not contain offence or serious offences ( 4th Class and 5th Class)
  • You do not commit a new offence within this 2 year period.
    The period of 2 years shall run from the last offence committed.

Points are removed where the infringement is established.

The time to get the short points from the date on which the offence is established.

The offence is established by:

  • payment of the last standard fine,
  • or issue of enforceable title a standard fineincreased,
  • or the execution of criminal,
  • or by a final judgement.

3 years

You get your 12 points at the end of 3 years if:

  • Your folder contains offence or a serious offence 4th Class and 5th Class)
  • You do not commit a new offence within this 3 year period.
    The 3-year period begins with the last offence committed.

Points are removed where the infringement is established.

The time to get the short points from the date on which the offence is established.

The offence is established by:

  • payment of the last standard fine,
  • or issue of enforceable title a standard fineincreased,
  • or the execution of criminal,
  • or by a final judgement.

10 years

You recover your lost points at the end of 10 years if you fail to recover them because you commit a new offence every time within the time limit.

However, 3 must be completed:

  • Points withdrawn must relate to tickets for 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th classes
  • You must not have reached a zero point balance
  • You must not have returned to 12 points (no total replenishment since this violation)

Points are removed where the infringement is established.

The time to get the short points from the date on which the offence is established.

The offence is established by:

  • payment of the last standard fine,
  • or issue of enforceable title a standard fineincreased,
  • or the execution of criminal,
  • or by a final judgement.

Example :

You have your 12 points. You commit 4th Class Contravention. You lose four points. You pay the fine on 2 January 2020.

You should get back your 12 points within 3 years, on January 2, 2023.

However, in the meantime, you are committing a violation of 2e class. You lose three points. You pay the fine on 20 January 2021.

You will get your 12 points within 3 years, that is 20 January 2024 provided that no new offence is committed during this period.

Example :

You have your 12 points. You have a violation resulting in the removal of 1 point. You pay the fine on 2 January 2021.

You should recover this point after 6 months, that is 2 July 2021.

However, in the meantime you are committing a violation of 4e class. You lose 2 extra points by paying the fine on 10 March 2021.

Your points balance is 9 points out of 12.

You will no longer receive the 1 point refund scheduled for 2 July 2021.

You will get your 12 points within 3 years, that is 10 March 2024 provided that no new offence is committed during this period.

  Please note : points cannot be recovered if your licence is invalidated by an administrative decision or annulled by court order.

You can recover points by following a road safety awareness training.

Your licence must be valid (you must have 1 point or more).

The stage allows to recover up to 4 points within maximum 12 points licence.

Duration 2 days.

You can maximum internship per year.

The internship is paying. The price, freely fixed by the trainee organisation, is on average €200.

You are notified by mail of the recovered points (sending mail may take several weeks).

In practice points added on your licence when the administration registers your probationary certificate. That's the Cert the driver's licence that you depend on.

The online service Telepoints view number of points that you have on your driver's licence.

  Warning : there is shift between the time the traffic violation is committed and the time that Telepoints records the loss of points. Similarly, there is a time lag between when points are reassigned and when Telepoints records the addition of points.

You can also view information on the validity and categories of your driving licence (restricted information).

You can access the online service with FranceConnect.

You can also access it with your NEPH file number and Telephoto PIN.

If necessary, the online service allows get your SMS Telephoto PIN.

The NEPH file number is indicated on the driving licence and on your full disclosure statement.

The Telephoto PIN shall be indicated on the letter accompanying the driving licence in a secure format"credit card"or on a letter advising you of a point withdrawal (48N, 48M, 48SI). The Telephoto PIN is also indicated on your full information statement.

Driver's licence: consult his points and statements (Telepoints)

Ministry of the Interior

You also receive a letter (letter 48).

This letter indicates number of points removed and number of points remaining on your licence (balance).

  Please note : letter sent at the address indicated on the carte grise of a radar-flashed vehicle. If you moved without change address on carte grise, you cannot contest the withdrawal of points by claiming lack of information.

View simulator to find out how many points are withdrawn according to the offence committed:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

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

You make a claim if you are not agree with your point balance.

To find out how to make a complaint, use the online service "Make an online appeal":

Make an online appeal regarding the driving licence

Ministry of the Interior

Accessible without the need to create an account.

You can also the letter informing you of the withdrawal of points to find out how to appeal.

You can administrative appeal the Prefect and/or the Ministry of the Interior and appeal to the administrative judge.

6-point probationary licence

The trial permit concerns you if you have obtained the driving licence for 1re time or following a invalidating or judicial annulment.

You lost 1 point

If you lose 1 point during probationary period, you get it after 6 months.

You must not commit another crime offence to the highway code during this 6 month period.

Otherwise, you lose this point.

Points are removed where the infringement is established.

The time to get the short points from the date on which the offence is established.

The offence is established by:

  • payment of the last standard fine,
  • or issue of enforceable title a standard fineincreased,
  • or the execution of criminal,
  • or by a final judgement.

You lost 2 points

You can choose to follow a road safety awareness training.

The stage allows you to recover up to 4 points within the maximum points of your probationary licence.

Duration 2 days.

You can maximum internship per year.

The internship is paying. The price, freely fixed by the trainee organisation, is on average €200.

You are notified by mail of the recovered points (sending mail may take several weeks).

In practice points added on your licence when the administration registers your probationary certificate. That's the Cert the driver's licence that you depend on.

You lost 3 points

You obligatory follow road safety awareness training to get your points.

The stage allows you to recover up to 4 points within the maximum points of your probationary licence.

Duration 2 days. You can maximum internship per year.

The internship is paying. The price, freely fixed by the trainee organisation, is on average €200.

You are notified by mail of the recovered points (sending mail may take several weeks).

In practice points added on your licence when the administration registers your probationary certificate. That's the Cert the driver's licence that you depend on.

You lost 6 points

If lose 6 points during 1re year of probation, you not recover.

Your licence loses its validity.

You can't drive anymore 6 months, or follow road safety awareness training.

You rewrite permit tests : general theoretical test (code) and practical test (driving).

You can go to the tests without waiting for the end of the driving prohibition period.

  Reminder : if you commit offence during probationary period, the annual increase of points is interrupted.

1 or 2 point indent

You can view the points balance online through Telepoints.

Driver's licence: consult his points and statements (Telepoints)

Ministry of the Interior

You are informed by single letter(letter 48).

This letter indicates number of points removed and number of points remaining on your licence (balance).

Removal of 3 points or +

You can view the points balance online through Telepoints.

Driver's licence: consult his points and statements (Telepoints)

Ministry of the Interior

You are informed by recommended letter AR (letter 48N).

The letter informs you of removing points and the obligation to follow road safety awareness training.

You wait to receive the letter 48N to register for the internship.

This training will allow the fine to be refunded if necessary.

You must follow this course in 4 months upon receipt of the letter.

If you refuse, you risk a fine of €135 and a 3-year suspension of the licence.

  Please note : letter sent at the address indicated on the carte grise of a radar-flashed vehicle. If you moved without change address on carte grise, you cannot contest the withdrawal of points by claiming lack of information.

View simulator to find out how many points are withdrawn according to the offence committed:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

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

You make a claim if you are not agree with your point balance.

To find out how to make a complaint, use the online service "Make an online appeal":

Make an online appeal regarding the driving licence

Ministry of the Interior

Accessible without the need to create an account.

You can also the letter informing you of the withdrawal of points to find out how to appeal.

You can administrative appeal the Prefect and/or the Ministry of the Interior and appeal to the administrative judge.