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BE driver's licence: car with trailer of more than 750 kg

Verified 01 November 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Want to drive a car with a trailer? The BE licence allows you to drive a car coupled with a trailer whose PTAC: titleContent is greater than 750 kg without exceeding 3 500 kg if the PTAC: titleContent of the assembly (car + trailer) exceeds 4 250 kg. This page shows you the requirements to be met and how to pass the BE permit.

The BE licence allows you to drive a vehicle that presents 5 characteristics following:

  • Assigned to transport of persons or goods
  • PTAC less than or equal to 3,5 tons
  • 9 seats maximum (driver included)
  • PTAC of the trailer exceeding 750 kg but not exceeding 3 500 kg (or semi-trailer)
  • Sum of PTAC (car + trailer) greater than 4 250 kg.

If you have an EB licence obtained before January 19, 2013, your grandfathered rights are maintained.

Your B permit is marked 79.06 to allow you to tow a trailer greater than 3,500 kg of PTAC.

The BE permit should not be confused with the extension of the permit B reported by mention 96 .

The entry 96 is necessary where the PTAC: titleContent of the trailer exceeds 750 kg and the sum of PTAC: titleContent (car + trailer) is greater than 3 500 kg without exceeding 4 250 kg.

Age

You must have at least 18 years.

Prerequisite

You must have a B permit in order to pass the BE permit.

Citizenship - Citizenship

You are French

If you are under the age of 25, you must be in compliance with the defence and citizenship day (JDC).

You are European

If you are a national of Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco or the European Economic Area (EEA), you must have your personal and/or professional ties for at least 6 months in France.

You're foreigners

You must have lived in France for at least 6 months and have a valid residence permit.

Please note

medical check is not required to obtain the BE permit.

Through a car school

Upon your request, your school will take care of your registration for the permit exam.

However, you must activate the account created on your behalf on theTWO: titleContent.

You receive an email to activate the account.

It is assigned to you harmonised prefectural registration number (HLN) upon enrolment in the exam.

Your school needs the following documents for your registration:

  • For 1re application for a permit, if you are a french national, 17 years of age or older, but not older than 25 years of age, copy of the individual certificate of participation in the defence and citizenship day (JDC) or provisional certificate pending at the JDC or individual certificate of exemption
  • If you are a foreigner, proof of your regular stay or, if you are exempt from a residence permit, proof of your presence in France for at least 6 months (payroll, rent receipt...)
On your own

You can choose to register for the permit yourself.

You must create an account on theTWO: titleContent and get your IDs.

One harmonised prefectural registration number (HLN) is assigned to you when registering for the exam.

Driver's licence: online application for a NEPH number

To register online, you need the following documents in a scanned version:

  • For 1re application for a permit, if you are a french national, 17 years of age or older, but not older than 25 years of age, copy of the individual certificate of participation in the defence and citizenship day (JDC) or provisional certificate pending at the JDC or individual certificate of exemption
  • If you are a foreigner, proof of your regular stay or, if you are exempt from a residence permit, proof of your presence in France for at least 6 months (payroll, rent receipt...)

You can pass the code (ETG) via a school car or as a free candidate.

To be exempted from passing the code, you must at least one of the following conditions ::

  • Have obtained a favourable result for the theoretical test (code) for a maximum of 5 years
  • Have a licence category for 5 years or less, except AM category
  • Have a French driving licence obtained by exchange (code 70) for 5 years or less
    Code 70 should be followed by the following letters: DE (Germany), AT (Austria), BE (Belgium), BG (Bulgaria), CY (Cyprus, Greek), HR (Croatia), DK (Denmark), ES (Spain), EE (Estonia), FI (Finland), GR (Greece), HU (Hungary), IE (Ireland), IT (Italy), LV (Latvia), LT (Lithuania), LU (Luxembourg), MT (Malta), NL (Netherlands), PL (Poland), PT (Portugal), CZ (Czech Republic), RO (Romania), SK (Slovakia), SI (Slovenia), SE (Sweden), IS (Iceland), LI (Liechtenstein), NO (Norway).

Code waiver may be granted if you present any of the following:

  • Valid driving licence
  • Certificate of temporary examination of the valid driver's licence, paper or dematerialised (4 months maximum)

Warning  

From 2021, categories A1 or A2 no longer allow a code waiver (general theoretical test or GSS).

Training

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.

Accompanying

Attendants are required for the duration of the tests.

Out of circulation test (HC)

The objective of the HC test is to verify your knowledge of the following subjects:

  • Route Code
  • Road safety and signalling
  • Pre-departure vehicle checks
  • Coupling and uncoupling of an assembly
  • Performing a manoeuvre

The HC test includes several exercises: knowledge tests, oral questioning, manoeuvrability exercise.

To be admitted, you must get more than 18 points, do not have a playoff score and have a favourable result for the manoeuvrability exercise.

You retain the benefit of the HC test for 5 circulating tests (CIR) during 3 years following the HC pass date, provided that the theoretical test is validated (code).

Running Test (CIR)

The CIR test takes place on varied itineraries.

The following skills are assessed ::

  • Settle and ensure safety on board
  • Autonomy and risk awareness
  • Know and use commands
  • Take information
  • Adapt your look to the circumstances
  • Enforce Regulation
  • Contact other users
  • Share the pavement
  • Maintain security spaces

To be accepted to the CIR test, you must obtain at least 17 points and do not make any eliminatory errors.

FYI  

the self-schools preparing for driving licences BE, C1, C, C1E, CE, D1, D, D1E and DE may book tickets for the practical event on site pro.permisdecode.gouv.fr in the following departments:

Ain (01), Aisne (02), Allier (03), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Ardèche (07), Ariège (09), Aude (11), Aveyron (12), Bouches-du - Rhône (13), Calvados (14), Cantal (15), Charente (16), Charente-Maritime (17), Cher (18), Corrèze (19), Côtes-d'Armour (22), Creuse (23), Dordogne (24), Drôme (26 Eure (27), Eure-et-Loir (28), Finistère (29), Gard (30), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Gironde (33), Hérault (34), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Isère (3 8), Landes (40), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loire (42), Haute-Loire (43), Ille-et-Vilaine (35), Loire-Atlantique (44), Loiret (45), Lot (46), Lot-et-Garonne (47), Lozère (48), Maine-et-Loire (49), Manche (50), Mayenne (53), Morbihan (56), Nord (59), Oise (60), Orne (61), Pas-de-Calais (62), Puy-de-Dôme (63), Pyrénées-Atlantiques (6 4), Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Pyrénées-Orientales (66), Rhône (69), Sarthe (72), Savoie (73), Haute-Savoie (74), Paris (75), Seine-Maritime (76), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (7 8), Deux-Sèvres (79), Somme (80), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82), Var (83), Vaucluse (84), Vendée (85), Vienna (86), Haute-Vienne (87), Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Sees Wine (92), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94), Val-d'Oise (95), La Réunion (974), Mayotte (976).

After the practical test, the inspector does not communicate the result orally to you.

You should consult the results online on the Road Safety website 48 hours after the exam.

Results of driving licence

If the result is favourable, you can download your driving licence examination certificate (ECC).

This certificate, together with an identity document, serves as a driving licence for 4 months from the day of the examination.

In case of police control, you can present the CEPC in paper version or directly on a smartphone or tablet.

The CEPC does not allow driving abroad.

Before the end of the 4 months, you request that the new category be added to your licence.

FYI  

if you fail a driving test, you cannot take the next test before 2 days (date to date).

The validity of a driving licence (driving licence) format credit card is 15 years.

At the end of this period, renewal is a simple administrative process: there is no driving test or medical check to pass.

However, the period of validity of the title may be reduced for health reasons.

The effective date the title shall be indicated at front, line 4b.

The date of validity of certificate should not be confused with the validity of your licence categories.

Thus, even if your licence is valid for only 15 years, your licence category remains valid for life (except individual restrictions).

The dates on which the categories licences shall be back of the permit columns 10 and 11.

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The infographic explains the information on the driver's licence:

Front of the driving licence:

1. Name of holder

2. First name of the holder

3. Date and place of birth of holder

4a. Date of issue of title

4b. Title End Date

4c Issuing Authority

5. Title number

7. Signature of the holder

9. Categories of licences

Unnumbered legend: symbol and name of the State which issued the driving licence

Back of permit:

9. Categories of licences

10. Date of 1re issuance of each class of licence

11. End date of each licence category

12. Restrictive codes. For example: 01.01 for glasses

Unnumbered Legend: Folder Number (NEPH Number)

FYI  

since 3 June 2016, you no longer have to pass a medical examination to extend the validity of your BE driving licence (formerly EB) unless it is restricted for health reasons.

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Secure driving licence in "credit card" format

You can use your driving licence on which the BE category is in the unextended state until the end of the period indicated on the front of the title in row 4B.

However, you must meet the following 2 conditions:

  • Your BE category should not be restricted for health reasons
  • You must not be deprived of your right to drive

The application for renewal is made online on the website of theTWO: titleContent before the expiry of the period of validity of the driving licence.

The reason for the application to be checked is: "I request the production of a driving licence"

If you do not have a category of heavy vehicle (C1, C, C1E, CE, D1, D1E or DE), you will be issued a driving licence valid for 15 years.

Online application for a driving licence upon expiry

You can follow the production and sending of your driving licence online.

The online service is accessible via FranceConnect or with your ID TWO: titleContent , in French only

If you don't have an ANTS ID, you can create an account to have a personal space on the ANTS website.

Once connected to your space TWO: titleContent, you view your request in the dashboard.

Driver's licence: keep track of the progress of your application to drive

Shipping driver's licence is Expert Letter

This is a secure shipment, with hand-over against signature.

  • The address that you specify during the online procedure must be the fullest possible
    (building number, flat number, mailbox number, floor, corridor, staircase, "resident",...)
  • Your mailbox shall submit first name of the person receiving the mail.

If you are absent when passing the factor, you must go to the Post Office in 15 days with your notice of passage or with the number of the Expert Letter.

If you could not go to the Post Office within 15 days, you have nothing to do.

Your permit will be sent to you.

In other cases, contactTWO: titleContent via the contact form:

Who shall I contact

Driving title in "pink 3-flap" format

You can use your driving licence showing the BE (formerly EB) category in the unextended state until 19 January 2033 (including if your security was issued before June 3, 2016).

However, you must complete 2 following:

  • Your BE category should not be restricted for health reasons
  • You must not be deprived of your right to drive