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What obligations to register a vehicle purchased from the foreigner?

Verified 12 November 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Prerequisite

To drive in France, a vehicle must comply with the safety and construction rules provided for by the highway code. This obligation shall apply to vehicles acquired at the foreigner in European Union or departments and communities overseas.

Upon entering France, the vehicle must have valid registration plates. If they are not, you riskasset of the vehicle by police forces.

Some countries issue temporary export plates. When the plates have lost their validity, the vehicle shall operate with a special registration certificate WW.

Other countries require the vehicle to be removed from their national registers or/and the return of licence plates before leaving their territory.

To find out the rules of each country, you have to contact the consulate of the country concerned in France.

Formalities with customs and taxes

You will have to make formalities with the customs and tax services.

These formalities are different depending on the origin of the vehicle, depending on whether it is from a department of overseas, a overseas community, a country of European Union (EU) or another country.

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New or used vehicle from an overseas department or territory

You don't have to pay any customs duties.

However, you have to pay VAT: titleContentto the company Tax Department (EIS) of your home.

Contact your EIS in advance to find out the authorised payment methods (cash, regular check or bank check, credit card,...).

New vehicle from an EU country

You don't have to pay any customs duties.

However, you have to pay VAT: titleContentto the company Tax Department (EIS) of your home.

Contact your EIS in advance to find out the authorised payment methods (cash, regular check or bank check, credit card,...).

Used vehicle from an EU country

You don't have to pay any customs duties.

However, you must submit a tax. To do this, go to the company tax department (SIE) of your home.

Vehicle from a non-EU country

General case

You must pay the customs duties and VAT: titleContent at a customs office.

You must obtain an Isolated Receipt Report (IAN) from the Dreal: titleContent competent according to your home if you do not have one of the following documents:

  • Type Certificate EC: titleContent
  • EC type identification certificate

These 2 documents are submitted by the manufacturer at the time of the initial sale of the vehicle. They can also issue copies (usually for a fee). The certificate of conformity may be issued as a digital document.

Who shall I contact
Departments 75, 77, 78, 91, 92, 93, 94 and 95

You must pay the customs duties and VAT: titleContentat a customs office.

You must obtain an Isolated Receipt Report (IAN) if you do not have one of the following:

  • Type Certificate EC: titleContent
  • EC type identification certificate

These 2 documents are submitted by the manufacturer at the time of the initial sale of the vehicle. They can also issue copies (usually for a fee). The certificate of conformity may be issued as a digital document.

RTI's request for a report is to be made to the regional vehicle reception platform of the DRIEE Ile de France: titleContent.