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Mini motorcycle, quad: what rules for reporting and driving?

Verified 15 June 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You bought a mini motorcycle or a quad not approved (cross bike, pocket bike, pit-bike, dirt bike...)? You have to purchase declaration. All change must also declared later (theft, sale...). We tell you the rules to know and how to do the steps.

The reporting obligation shall apply to motor vehicles which fulfil 2 following:

  • Gear not subject to EC type-approval (not approved), which is not intended for use on public roads
  • A device whose speed may exceed, by construction, 15 mph

In practice, this is mini motorbikes (cross bike, pocket bike, dirt bike, bike...) and quads.

Please note

the seller must inform you about the precautions to use. He hands you charter that indicates the rules to be followed.

You are 18 or older

You buy, rent and use an unapproved mini motorcycle or quad bike.

You are 15 to 17 years old

You can't buy a mini motorcycle.

However, you can rent and use an unapproved mini motorcycle or quad bike.

You are 14 or younger

You cannot buy or rent an unlicenced mini motorcycle or quad bike.

You can use a mini motorcycle only for activities organised by an approved sports association.

For example, French Motorcycling Federation, French Union of Secular Physical Education Works.

You have to file within 15 days of the date of purchase.

You can make this statement using a portal accessible below.

You can connect to it by FranceConnect or send an email.

General case

Join proof of domicile, in numeric format:

Declaration of mini motorcycle or mini quad

Once the online declaration is completed and validated, a secure declaration and unique identification number will be available in your online space.

You can also send the return by mail by completing the form Cerfa 13853. The form indicates the address and supporting documents to be attached.

Engines of an association

Attach the following documents in numeric format:

  • Proof of domicile
  • Proof of the filing of the statutes of the association in prefecture
  • Proof of identity of the legal representative of the association if he is different from the person making the declaration

Declaration of mini motorcycle or mini quad

Once the online declaration is completed and validated, a secure declaration and unique identification number will be available in your online space.

You can also send the return by mail by completing the form Cerfa 13853. The form indicates the address and supporting documents to be attached.

Company gear

Attach the following documents in numeric format:

  • Proof of domicile
  • Proof of identity of the company's legal representative if different from the person making the declaration

Declaration of mini motorcycle or mini quad

Once the online declaration is completed and validated, a secure declaration and unique identification number will be available in your online space.

You can also send the return by mail by completing the form Cerfa 13853. The form indicates the address and supporting documents to be attached.

Warning  

failure to report is punishable by a fine of up to €750.

You must file the return within 15 days of the change (for example, change of marital status, change of address, sale, theft or destruction of the device).

You can make this statement through the portal below.

You can connect to it by FranceConnect or send an email.

General case

Attach in numeric format:

  • If you changed your address : proof of domicile
  • If change of marital status : credential (excluding authentication via FranceConnect)
  • If the equipment is sold : proof of domicile
  • In case of theft : filing of complaint
  • In case of destruction of the device : credential (excluding authentication via FranceConnect)

Declaration of mini motorcycle or mini quad

Once the online declaration is completed and validated, a secure declaration will be available in your online space.

You can also send the return by mail by filling in the form corresponding to your situation, cerfa 13853 or cerfa 16230. The forms indicate the address and supporting documents to be attached.

Engines of an association

Attach in numeric format:

  • If you changed your address : one proof of domicile
  • If the equipment is sold : one proof of domicile
  • In case of theft : a complaint
  • In case of destruction of the device : credential (excluding authentication via FranceConnect)
  • Proof of the filing of the statutes of the association in prefecture
  • Proof of identity of the legal representative of the association if he is different from the person making the declaration

Declaration of mini motorcycle or mini quad

Once the online declaration is completed and validated, a secure declaration will be available in your online space.

You can also send the return by mail by filling in the form corresponding to your situation, cerfa 13853 or cerfa 16230. The forms indicate the address and supporting documents to be attached.

Company gear

Attach in numeric format:

  • If you changed your address : one proof of domicile
  • If the equipment is sold : one proof of domicile
  • In case of theft : a complaint
  • In case of destruction of the device : credential (excluding authentication via FranceConnect)
  • Proof of identity of the company's legal representative if different from the person making the declaration

Declaration of mini motorcycle or mini quad

Once the online declaration is completed and validated, a secure declaration will be available in your online space.

You can also send the return by mail by filling in the form corresponding to your situation, cerfa 13853 or cerfa 16230. The forms indicate the address and supporting documents to be attached.

Warning  

failure to report is punishable by a fine of up to €750.

You engrave ID on a fixed part of the vehicle.

Choose a part of the vehicle that cannot be changed.

You must also show this number on a plate staring.

However, this plate can be removed as part of a sports practice.

Driving a mini motorcycle without an identification number is punishable by a fine of up to €750.

It prohibited drive with an unapproved mini motorcycle or quad on a road open to public traffic : road, path, track...

You can only use your motorcycle on specially designed field : approved circuit, adapted terrain.

Failure to comply with this rule is punishable by fines up to €1,500.

The vehicle may be confiscated, locked and impounded.

Owner must have insurance to guarantee personal and property damage.

If you rent or lend your gear, make sure that the person is covered by your insurance or his insurance.

Driver coverage is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended.

You must carry the following equipment:

  • Full Headset single piece
  • Protective clothing resistant material covering the legs, torso and arms
  • Gloves resistant material
  • Rising shoes