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Driving licenses: early learning (AAC) from 15 years of age

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

Are you 15 years of age or older and would like to have a driving experience before passing the B license? You may be interested in early learning how to drive (AAC). This page explains how it works. Advance driving is to be distinguished from the other 2 accompanied driving formulas: supervised driving learning from 18 years of age and supervised driving from 16 years of age.

You must have:

  • 15 years or older at the time of enrollment in driving school
  • 17 years or older to present you to the practical test of the driving license B.

Please note

if you are under 21 years of age, the ASSR 2 is required to obtain a 1er driving license. If you can't get the ASSR2, you must get the Road Safety Certificate (RSC). For example, if you have spent all your schooling abroad.

Learning includes 2 steps :

  1. Initial training in a driving school
  2. Early driving with an attendant and pedagogical follow-up by the driving school

The driving school must offer you a  standard driving education contract.

That contract shall specify in particular the program and the course of training, on price training and administrative services, obligations of each, the means of payment.

You are given a apprenticeship book. The booklet indicates the objectives of the training.

Initial training consists of a theoretical part and a practical part.

The duration of the practical part of the training varies according to your situation.

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You are passing the license for the first time

The duration of the training is 20 hours minimum, including 15 hours on lanes open to traffic, or at least 10 hours when using a driving simulator.

You have an AM or B1 license

The duration of the training is 20 hours minimum, including 15 hours on lanes open to traffic, or at least 10 hours when using a driving simulator.

You have an A, A1 or A2 license

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

You pass the automatic gearbox license

The duration of the training is 13 hours minimum, including 10 hours on lanes open to traffic, or at least 7 hours when using a driving simulator.


if you pass the license automatic gearbox (restrictive code 78), you will need to follow a training to be able to drive a car at manual gearbox. You must wait at least 3 months after the permit has been obtained. Training lasts 7 hours. Contact a certified driving school.

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 class of license for up to 5 years
  • To have obtained the certificate of completion of initial training (AFFI)
  • Have your consent legal representative
  • Have the agreement of your car insurance for driving the vehicle(s) used in the course of early learning. One extension of warranty may be required depending on the contract.

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

The instructor gives advice for the early driving period.

He gives a guide to the guide.

The result of the evaluations shall be indicated on a apprenticeship book.

The accompanying person must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Have the B license for 5 years or more
  • Have the agreement of his car insurance for driving the vehicle(s) used during accompanied driving. One extension of warranty may be necessary depending on your contract.
  • Not having had cancelation period or invalidation of the permit in the previous 5 years

It is possible to have several accompanying persons, inside or outside the family setting.

You must participate in 2 educational events each lasting 3 hours:

  • The 1er appointment takes place between 4 and 6 months after the issuance of the AFFI
  • The 2nde appointment must be made when you have traveled at least 3,000 km

These appointments include a practical part and one theoretical part.

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

One 3e date can be organized on the advice of the driving school or at your request or at the request of an accompanying person.

You should also observe the following rules of conduct:

  • Driving during Minimum 1 year
  • Browse 3,000 km minimum
  • Drive in France. Movement abroad is prohibited.
  • Driving on the road and motorway network
  • Respect specific speed limits
Tableau - Speed Limitations

Track Type

Maximum Speed

Motorway section where speed is limited to 130 km/h

110 km/h

Other section of motorway

100 km/h

Road with 2 carriageways separated by a median

100 km/h


50 km/h

Other road

80 km/h

To identify the vehicle as a learning vehicle, you must place a sticker or magnetized distinguishing sign at the rear left (and on the trailer if necessary).

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

If successful, you will receive your Driver's License Examination Certificate (CRC).

The ECCP shall have a period of validity of Four months.

The period of validity of the EPC is short from your 18th birthday.

You must drive with your accompanying person until you're 18. You can only drive on your own from the age of 18.

Please note

the duration of the probationary permit is 2 years in case of early learning to drive (instead of 3 years).