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How to get a carte grise collection vehicle?

Verified 26 January 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You can request a carte grise collection vehicle only if you own or purchase a vehicle that is over 30 years old, is no longer produced and has not changed its technical specifications.

You have a vehicle over 30 years old

If your vehicle is already registered in your name, you must ask for the "collection" on your carte grise.

You must attach to your application a certificate drawn up either by the manufacturer or his representative in France or by the French Federation of vintage vehicles (FFVE),

The

collection vehicle

is a vehicle over 30 years old, which is no longer produced and whose technical characteristics have not been modified.

Passage into a collection vehicle for the 30-year-old vehicle is neither automatic nor mandatory.

The

collection vehicle

allows the specific licence plates if desired (on a black background and without a territorial identifier). This entry is in the Z entry on the carte grise.

You can drive in France and at the foreigner with a collector's vehicle.

As regards technical control, the rules differ PTAC: titleContent vehicle.

PTAC of less than 3,5 tons

Vehicle put into circulation from 1960

The vehicle shall undergo a technical inspection every 5 years.

Vehicles put into circulation before 1960

No technical control

PTAC greater than 3.5 tons

The vehicle shall be exempt from technical inspection irrespective of the date of entry into service.

To obtain your "collection vehicle" carte grise, you must request it from a qualified automotive professional and approved by the State, either online using the following online service:

Request a carte grise for a collector vehicle

You must identify yourself France Connect.

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 request a carte grise from the prefecture or sub-prefecture.

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

  • Old carte grise, or if you don't have it, a part proving the origin of ownership of the vehicle
  • Certificate issued by the manufacturer or his representative in France or by the French Federation of vintage vehicles - FFVE (a template is available online)
  • For a vehicle of PTAC: titleContent less than or equal to 3,5 tons, technical inspection report less than 6 months if the vehicle
    • already benefits from the Collection vehicle and that it was put into circulation the first time from theto January 1960
    • or does not yet benefit from the Collection vehicle

If you do the walk for someone else, you must have a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification.

You must certify on the honour that the carte grise applicant has a vehicle insurance certificate and a driving licence corresponding to the category of the vehicle registered.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's licence. But this can be requested when you are investigating your file.

Regulation carte grise amount must be made by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you get 3 items:

  • A file number
  • An acknowledgement of your application
  • An Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print. The CPI allows you to move for 1 month only in France, waiting to receive your carte grise.

You will receive the final carte grise under secure at home a time limit that may vary.

You can follow the progress of its production online:

Follow your carte grise request

Warning  

If your vehicle was registered in the form 123-AB-75, you will get a new registration registered in the Vehicle Registration System (SIV), in the form AB-123-CD. You will need to have new plates made and settled that will have a black background with white or chrome.

You buy a vehicle over 30 years old

If you have just bought an old car, you must ask the French Federation of vintage vehicles (FFVE) for an authorisation.

The FFVE will certify the age of your vehicle and allow you to request the registration of the vehicle in use "collection car".

The

collection vehicle

is a vehicle over 30 years old, which is no longer produced and whose technical characteristics have not been modified.

Passage into a collection vehicle for the 30-year-old vehicle is neither automatic nor mandatory.

The

collection vehicle

allows the specific licence plates if desired (on a black background and without a territorial identifier). This entry is in the Z entry on the carte grise.

You can drive in France and at the foreigner with a collector's vehicle.

As regards technical control, the rules differ PTAC: titleContent vehicle.

PTAC of less than 3,5 tons

Vehicle put into circulation from 1960

The vehicle shall undergo a technical inspection every 5 years.

Vehicles put into circulation before 1960

No technical control

PTAC greater than 3.5 tons

The vehicle shall be exempt from technical inspection irrespective of the date of entry into service.

To obtain your "collection vehicle" carte grise, you must request it from a qualified automotive professional and approved by the State, either online using the following online service:

Request a carte grise for a collector vehicle

You must identify yourself France Connect.

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 request a carte grise from the prefecture or sub-prefecture.

You must have transfer code, provided by the former owner of the vehicle.

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

  • Proof of domicile less than 6 months (or, in the case of co-holders, proof of the person whose address will appear on the carte grise)
  • carte grise of the vehicle

    Sold on (day/month/year)

    or

    Assigned on (day/month/year)

    , and with the signature of the former owner (or all co-owners if any)
  • Certificate issued by the manufacturer or his representative in France or by the French Federation of vintage vehicles - FFVE (a template is available online)
  • For a vehicle of PTAC: titleContent less than or equal to 3,5 tons, technical inspection report less than 6 months if the vehicle
    • already benefits from the Collection vehicle and that it was put into circulation the first time from theto January 1960
    • or does not yet benefit from the Collection vehicle

If you do the walk for someone else, you must have a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification.

You must certify on the honour that the carte grise applicant has a vehicle insurance certificate and a driving licence corresponding to the category of the vehicle registered.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's licence. But this can be requested when you are investigating your file.

Regulation carte grise amount must be made by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you get 3 items:

  • A file number
  • An acknowledgement of your application
  • An Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print. The CPI allows you to move for 1 month only in France, waiting to receive your carte grise.

You will receive the final carte grise under secure at home a time limit that may vary.

You can follow the progress of its production online:

Follow your carte grise request

Warning  

If your vehicle was registered in the form 123-AB-75, you will get a new registration registered in the Vehicle Registration System (SIV) in the form AB-123-CD. You will need to have new plates made and settled that will have a black background with white or chrome.