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Driver's licence: Early Learning (CAA) from age 15

Verified 05 novembre 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Additional cases ? Permit B / Framed driving

You are 15 years of age or older and would like to have a driving experience before taking the B licence? Advance Driving (ATC) may be of interest to you. This page explains how it works. Advance driving should be distinguished from the other 2 forms of driving: supervised driving from the age of 18 and supervised driving from the age of 16.

You must have:

  • 15 years or older when registering for a car school
  • 17 years or older to present yourself to the practical test of driving licence B.

  Please note : if you're under 21, ASSR 2 is required to get a 1to driving licence. If you cannot have ASSR2, you must get road safety certificate (ASR). For example, if you have completed all your schooling at the foreigner.

Learning includes 2 steps :

  1. Initial training in a car school
  2. Advance driving with an attendant and educational follow-up by self-study

Auto-school must offer you a standard contract for the teaching of driving .

This contract shall specify in particular programme and course of training, price training and administrative services, obligations of each means of payment.

It is given to you learning booklet. The booklet indicates the objectives of the training.

Initial training shall consist of theoretical part and practical part.

The duration of practical part of training varies depending on your situation.

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You're on the first time

The duration of the training is 20 hours minimumincluding 15 hours on taxiways, or at least 10 hours in the case of a driving simulator.

You have an AM or B1 licence

The duration of the training is 20 hours minimumincluding 15 hours on taxiways, or at least 10 hours in the case of a driving simulator.

You have an A, A1 or A2 permit

The duration of the training depends on your progress in learning.

You pass the automatic gearbox licence

The duration of the training is 13 hours minimumincluding 10 hours on taxiways, or at least 7 hours in the case of a driving simulator.

  FYI : if you pass the permit automatic gearbox (restrictive code 78), you will have to follow a training to drive a car to manual. You must wait a minimum 3 months after the permit. Hard training 7 hours. Contact labelled autoschool .

To enter the early learning phase of driving, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Have 15 years or older
  • Pass the code (general theoretical test or ETG) or hold a licence category for up to 5 years
  • Credit Memo Completion of Initial Training (AFFI)
  • Have your consent legal representative
  • Have your car insurance agreement for driving the vehicle(s) used during early learning. One warranty extension may be required under the contract.

Early learning of driving begins with prior appointment a minimum of 2 hours with a driving instructor and in the presence of at least one attendant.

The instructor gives advice for the early driving period.

He gives a guide to the attendant.

The results of the evaluations shall be indicated on learning booklet.

The attendant must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Have it licence B for 5 years or more
  • Have his car insurance agreement for driving the vehicle(s) used during the accompanied driving. One warranty extension may be required under your contract.
  • Not having had cancellation or invalidation of the licence in the previous 5 years

It is possible to have several attendants, in or out of the family setting.

You take part in 2 educational appointments each lasting 3 hours:

  • 1to appointment takes place between 4 and 6 months after the issuance of the AFFI
  • 2e appointment must take place when you have travelled at least 3000 km

These appointments include practical part and theoretical part.

The presence of at least one of the guides is mandatory at each appointment.

One 3e appointment can be organised on the advice of the school or at your request or at the request of an attendant.

You must also comply with the following driving rules:

  • Drive while 1 year minimum
  • Browse 3,000 km minimum
  • Drive in France. Foreigner traffic is prohibited.
  • Drive on road and motorway network
  • Respect specific speed limits
Speed Limitations

Track Type

Maximum Speed

Highway section where speed is limited to 130 km/h

110 kph

Other section of highway

100 kph

Road with 2 roads separated by a central median

100 kph

Agglomeration

50 kph

Other

80 kph

To identify the vehicle as a learning vehicle, you must place a distinctive sticker or magnetised sign left back (and on the trailer if necessary).

You can introduce yourself from the age of 17 to practical tests permit B.

If successful, you will receive your driving licence examination certificate.

The CEPC shall have a period of validity of 4 months.

The period of validity of the ECSC is short from the date you turn 18.

You must drive with your companion until you're 18. You can only drive when you are 18.

  Please note : the duration trial permit is 2 years in case of early learning of driving (instead of 3 years).