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Invalidation of driving licence (withdrawal of all points)

Verified 16 mai 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The removing all points driver's licence (balance at zero) triggered invalidation your permit? This means you have driving prohibition. We inform you procedures for obtaining a new licence.

  FYI : the withdrawal of driving licence is triggered offences serious. Three procedures result withdrawal of licence : invalidation, suspension, administrative or judicial, judicial annulment. However, while the suspension results in interim withdrawal of the permit reissue permit (code and conduct or only code) following an invalidation or cancellation.

You've had a licence for less than 3 years

Step-by-step approach

You receive a recommended letter with AR (letter 48SI).

This letter informs you that your points balance is zero and your driver's licence has lost its validity.

You driving prohibition.

You render your licence invalidated to your prefecture in 10 days upon receipt of the letter.

Contact your prefecture to find out how your licence is being returned.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact

If you refuse to surrender your licence or if you are driving while your licence is invalidated, you risk 2 years imprisonment and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

You inform your insurance when driving licences are withdrawn.

You must inform him by registered letter with AR within 15 days from notification withdrawal of driving licences.

Invalidation result driving prohibition a vehicle whose driving requires a licence.

You have to wait 6 months to reissue the permit, or 1 Year if you have already lost your zero balance licence in the last 5 years.

6 months or 1 year start from the date of delivery of your licence to the prefect.

To be able to continue at the end of the driving prohibition period, you must pass a psychotechnical examination.

You can take the test without waiting for the end of the driving prohibition period.

You make an appointment to psychologist reported to the prefect.

The examination lasts minimum 40 minutes.

It includes individual maintenanceand one or more psychotechnical tests.

The average cost of the psychotechnical examination is €100 about.

The list of registered psychologists is available on prefectural websites.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact

  Please note : check the notification invalidation if you need to pass medical exams.

To be able to continue at the end of the driving prohibition period, you must pass a medical visitcalled medical check.

You can pass the medical without waiting for the end of the driving prohibition period.

1. Make an appointment

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If you have committed an alcohol or narcotics offence

You must make an appointment with the medical board on the website of your prefecture.

It can also be the commission of the department where you committed the offence, by the prefect's decision.

Who shall I contact

Other offence

You must contact a city doctor approved by the prefect of your department.

This doctor should not be your attending physician.

You can consult the list of accredited doctors on the websites of the prefectures.

The list of accredited doctors is also available in prefectures, sub-prefectures and in the town halls of certain communes.

  FYI : you can take the medical check with a licenced physician in a department other than your home. In this case, it is prudent to include in your file an explanation of the use of a doctor other than that of your department of residence.

2. Prepare documents to be provided 

Prepare the following documents for the medical check-up:

  • Cerfa form 14880, pre-filled
  • ID
  • Licence invalidation decision and letter of notification decision
  • Medical examination results if requested in the notification letter
  • Outcome of the psychotechnical examination

3. Pass the medical examination

The medical check is on your fitness cognitive and sensory driving.

You must present yourself with results of medical examinations requested in notification invalidation.

Of additional reviews and advice from qualified health professionals can be requested.

A licenced physician may also request that you reviewed by the departmental medical commission.

You must then make an appointment at your prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact

4. Pay for medical examination

The price of a medical visit is:

  • Before a licenced physician: €36
  • Before the medical committee: €50

Health insurance does not cover the cost of the check or any additional tests.

However, medical check-ups are free of charge for a disabled person with a recognised disability rate of 50% or more.

5. Receive the result of the check

If the opinion is favourable

The medical opinion is given to you.

The medical opinion has a validity of 2 years.

This document should be attached to your application for the driving licence examination.

If the opinion is unfavourable

A decision of unfitness for driving is yours notified.

The letter specifies the remedies and time limits for appeal.

If you have your licence less than 3 years, you ironing code and conduct.

You can take the tests during the driving ban.

If you had more than one category of licence, you must repeat the practical tests for each category.

The date chosen to calculate the 3-year period is the date of obtaining the 1re category.

  FYI : if you pass the licence, you get a trial permit. You then have 6 points for a period of 3 years probative.

The letter notifier the decision of the prefect following the medical check indicates how to appeal.

You can appeal to the administrative judge.

You can also refer the matter to the Medical Appeals Board.

Your appeal does not prevent the Prefect's decision from applying.

The committee shall examine you, consult the authorised doctor if necessary and forward its opinion to the Prefect.

If the Prefect makes a negative decision again, you can request a new medical check within 6 months of this decision or make a appeal to administrative judge.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact

You have been licenced for 3 years or more

Step-by-step approach

You receive a recommended letter with AR (letter 48SI).

This letter informs you that your points balance is zero and your driver's licence has lost its validity.

You're not allowed to drive anymore.

You render your licence invalidated to your prefecture in 10 days upon receipt of the letter.

Contact your prefecture to find out how your licence is being returned.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact

If you refuse to surrender your licence or if you are driving while your licence is invalidated, you risk 2 years imprisonment and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

You inform your insurance when driving licences are withdrawn.

You must inform him by registered letter with AR within 15 days from notification withdrawal of driving licences.

Invalidation result driving prohibition a vehicle whose driving requires a licence.

You have to wait 6 months to reissue the permit, or 1 Year if you have already lost your zero balance licence in the last 5 years.

6 months or 1 year start from the date of delivery of your licence to the prefect.

If you wish to drive at the end of the driving prohibition period, you must pass a psychotechnical examination.

You can take the test without waiting for the end of the driving prohibition period.

You make an appointment to psychologist reported to the prefect.

The examination lasts minimum 40 minutes.

It includes individual maintenanceand one or more psychotechnical tests.

The average cost of the psychotechnical examination is €100 about.

The list of registered psychologists is available on prefectural websites.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact

  Please note : check the invalidation notification letter for additional medical examinations.

If you wish to drive at the end of the driving prohibition period, you must pass a medical visitcalled medical check.

You can pass the medical without waiting for the end of the driving prohibition period.

1. Make an appointment

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If you have committed an alcohol or narcotics offence

You must make an appointment with the medical board on the website of your prefecture.

It can also be the commission of the department where you committed the offence, by the prefect's decision.

Who shall I contact

Other offence

You must contact a city doctor approved by the prefect of your department.

This doctor should not be your attending physician.

You can consult the list of accredited doctors on the websites of the prefectures.

The list of accredited doctors is also available in prefectures, sub-prefectures and in the town halls of certain communes.

  FYI : you can take the medical check with a licenced physician in a department other than your home. In this case, it is prudent to include in your file an explanation of the use of a doctor other than that of your department of residence.

2. Prepare documents to provide 

On the day of the check, prepare the following documents:

  • Cerfa form 14880, pre-filled
  • ID
  • Licence invalidation decision and letter of notification decision
  • Results of biological examinations if requested in the notification letter
  • Outcome of the psychotechnical examination

3. Pass the medical examination

The medical check is on your fitness cognitive and sensory driving.

You must present yourself with results of medical examinations requested in notification invalidation.

Of additional reviews and advice from qualified health professionals can be requested.

A licenced physician may also request that you reviewed by the departmental medical commission.

You must then make an appointment at your prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact

4. Pay for medical examination

The price of a medical visit is:

  • Before a licenced physician: €36
  • Before the medical committee: €50

Health insurance does not cover the cost of the check or any additional tests.

However, medical check-ups are free of charge for a disabled person with a recognised disability rate of 50% or more.

5. Receive the result of the check

If the opinion is favourable

The medical opinion is given to you.

The medical opinion has a validity of 2 years.

This document should be attached to your application for the driving licence examination.

If the opinion is unfavourable

A decision of unfitness for driving is yours notified.

The letter specifies the remedies and time limits for appeal.

If you got your licence for 3 years or more only theoretical test (code)  provided that 2 following:

  • Duration invalidation of your licence less than 1 year.
    In general, the invalidation time is 6 months.
  • You sign up for the code test 9 months upon delivery of your licence to the prefecture.

You can take the test during the driving prohibition period.

  FYI : if you pass the code, you get a trial permit : you have 6 points during a 3-year probationary period. You get back the licence categories you had before invalidation. However, if you had the A permit, you only get the A2 permit.

The letter notifier the decision of the prefect following the medical check indicates how to appeal.

You can appeal to the administrative judge.

You can also refer the matter to the Medical Appeals Board.

Your appeal does not prevent the Prefect's decision from applying.

The committee shall examine you, consult the authorised doctor if necessary and forward its opinion to the Prefect.

If the Prefect makes a negative decision again, you can request a new medical check within 6 months of this decision or make a appeal to administrative judge.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

Who shall I contact