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How do I get a driver's licence when I have a disability?

Verified 08 April 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You have a disability and you want to get a driver's licence? This is possible if you are recognised as fit by a licenced physician during a medical examination. The examination of the permit is organised according to your disability: physical (reduced mobility), auditory (deaf or hard of hearing), dys disorders...

You must complete 2 to register for the driving test:

Contact the local driving test department: interdepartmental directorate (office of road education) or prefecture.

This service tells you facilities that you need to learn how to drive and the self-schools that teach with these amenities.

You can also request dates of specialised sessions to present yourself at the permit tests.

Who shall I contact

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If you are deaf or hard of hearing

Of specialised sessions are at least 2 times a year to pass the driving test.

One sign language interpreter can assist you.

You can also benefit from adapted communication device of your choice.

The theoretical test (code) lasts 1h30.

Additional time may be allowed during practical test in case of communication difficulties.

If you have a physical disability (reduced mobility)

On practical test, you can be assisted by an expert or an accompanying person.

The inspector may suggest that you begin the examination with the outside questions and technical checks.

One overtime may be granted in case of mobility difficulties.

If dual control vehicle suitable for disabled people is used, it must meet the following conditions:

  • Have been in circulation for up to 10 years, except
  • Have specific equipment: dual-brake control, additional rear-view mirrors outside and inside if the vehicle allows, dual steering control (steering wheel)

If you are dysphasic, dyslexic or dyspraxic

You can pass code in sessions provided that one of the 3 supporting documents following:

  • Recognition of the quality of the disabled worker (RQTH) or recognition of disability obtained from the departmental house of disabled persons (MDPH) and a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or dysphasia and/or dyspraxia
  • Recognition of adjustments to national educational tests for learning disabilities of written, oral and/or written language and/or acquisition of coordination
  • Medical certificate issued for less than 6 months attesting to a specific disorder of the language and/or the reading and/or the acquisition of the coordination and requiring an adjustment of the conditions of passage of the general theoretical test

FYI  

if you have a poor command of french, you can use a translator-interpreter approved by an appeal court, at your own expense. Specify in your driving licence application that you are not fluent in French.

Theoretical Test (Code)

Code passage is free if you complete 2 following:

  • You have a medical opinion on your driving ability given your disability
  • You are required to make periodic medical visits after obtaining the permit

In other cases, you have to pay €30.

The self-school can charge an accompanying fee to the theoretical test of the code.

Practice

Prices are free and vary according to the school.

The disability compensation (PCH) can partially fund driving lessons.

If a driver's licence is required for your business project, you can apply for financial assistance from the following organisations: Agefiph: titleContent, Fund for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities in the Public Service (FIPHFP) or CDAPH: titleContent in your department.

Who shall I contact

Check with your departmental house for disabled people (DDPH).

The permit is issued on favourable medical opinion.

The doctor prescribes period of validity according to disability.

  • If the disability is not stabilised, the period of validity of the permit shall be limited.
    You must pass one again medical visit at the end of this period.
  • If the disability is stabilised, the period of validity of the permit may be permanent.

Please note

any facilities that allow you to drive are indicated as codes on your driving licence.