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Deterioration of driving licence

Verified 13 mai 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Additional cases ? Loss

25 euro stamp duty

Law n°2016-1918 of 29 December 2016 of Amending Finances for 2016 introduces a stamp duty to obtain a new permit in case of deterioration.

An order must specify the effective date of this measure.

The information on this page remains current and will be modified as soon as the text enters into force.

You live in France

If your driver's licence is damaged, you can ask to change it. You will then get a new permit or a duplicate.

The request is made online on the website of theCHILDREN.

You need the following documents, photographed or scanned.

  • Digital Signature . If you don't have access to a digital signature and photo service, you can complete and mail a photo signature (FPS) form during the remote procedure.
  • Justification identity and home
  • Medical advice if it is a Class C or D licence. If you do not provide medical advice, you will get a duplicate the same period of validity as the damaged licence.
  • Driving licence deteriorated

Online application for a new permit for loss, theft, damage or change of marital status

National Secured Securities Agency

Accessible with your ID CHILDREN or FranceConnect

Your new permit will be sent to your home and you will be asked to destroy the damaged permit upon receipt of the new one.

You follow the production and sending of your driving licence online.

Once connected to your space CHILDREN, you view your request in the dashboard.

Driver's licence: follow the progress of his driving application

National Secured Securities Agency

Accessible with FranceConnect or with your IDs.

Shipping driver's licenceExpert Letter.

This is a secure shipment, with hand-over against signature.

  • The address you specify during the online procedure must be as complete as possible
    (building number, flat number, mailbox number, floor, corridor, staircase, "resident",...)
  • Your mailbox must include the first and last name of the person receiving the mail.

If you are absent when the postman passes, you must go to the Post Office in the 15 days with your notice of passage or with the number of the Expert Letter.

If you couldn't get to the Post Office within 15 days, you don't have to do anything.

Your permit will be sent to you.

In other cases, contactCHILDREN via the contact form:

Who shall I contact

You are in Europe

If your driving licence is damaged while you are in a country European, the approach varies if you live in this country or are studying there.

The French authorities are not competent if you have normal residence in another country European.

You must contact the appropriate authorities in that country to obtain a new permit.

If your French licence is damaged while you are in the country European for studies, training or a mission, contact the relevant local authorities to apply for a permit.

The authorities of this country check your driving rights through the European Union's "RESPER" network of driving licences.

You're in another country

If your driver's licence is damaged, the process varies if you live in this country or are studying there.

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Less than 18 months (1 year and a half)

You must send by mail to Crepic an application for renewal or duplicate of your driving licence.

The folder must include the following documents:

  • Application form for driving licence, excluding EEA, to be downloaded from your consulate
  • Form cerfa 14882
  • Form cerfa 14948
  • Duplex copy of your deteriorated licence
  • Duplex colour copy of a identification
  • Copy of proof of domicile
  • 2 identical identity photos and compliant. Enter your first and last name on the back. The photos should be pasted on the cerfa forms.
  • Justification of the right to stay in the foreigner
  • Recent proof of installation in the country and departure from France for less than 185 days
  • Proof of previous residence in France before expatriation. For example, lease agreement, rent receipt, gas bills, electricity, telephone...
  • Medical advice if it is a Class C or D licence. If you do not provide medical advice, you will get a duplicate of the same validity period as the deteriorated licence.
  • Resource centre for exchange of driving licences foreigners and international driving licences (Crepic)

    By mail only

    Paris Police Prefecture

    DPG / SDCLP

    Foreigners and International Driving Licence Exchange Resource Centre (Crepic)

    1 bis rue de Lutèce

    75 195 Paris Cedex 04

Over 18 months

So you bought your normal residence for over a year.

You can no longer apply for a renewal or duplicate of your French licence: you must obtain a local permit.

If you are studying, training or doing a mission, you are assumed to have kept your normal residence in France.

You must send by mail to Crepic an application for renewal or duplicate of your driving licence.

The folder must include the following documents:

  • Application form for driving licence, excluding EEA, to be downloaded from your consulate
  • Form cerfa 14882
  • Form cerfa 14948
  • Duplex copy of your deteriorated licence
  • Duplex colour copy of a identification
  • Copy of proof of domicile
  • 2 identical identity photos and compliant. Enter your first and last name on the back. The photos should be pasted on the cerfa forms.
  • Justification of the right to stay in the foreigner
  • Recent proof of installation in the country and departure from France for less than 185 days
  • Proof of previous residence in France before expatriation. For example, lease agreement, rent receipt, gas bills, electricity, telephone...
  • Copy of any document attesting to the continuation of studies, training, internship or mission.
    Attach an official French translation. If you are an agent of the State or an employee of an international organisation, you can attach a copy of your special or equivalent residence permit.
  • Medical advice if it is a Class C or D licence. If you do not provide medical advice, you will get a duplicate of the same validity period as the deteriorated licence.
  • Resource centre for exchange of driving licences foreigners and international driving licences (Crepic)

    By mail only

    Paris Police Prefecture

    DPG / SDCLP

    Foreigners and International Driving Licence Exchange Resource Centre (Crepic)

    1 bis rue de Lutèce

    75 195 Paris Cedex 04

You will need to present yourself at the consulate or embassy with an ID to collect your licence.