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How long is a driver's licence valid?

Verified 10 September 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Wonder how long your driver's licence is valid? This page shows how long a credit card permits and permitted in cardboard format (3-pane pink).

Driving licence in "credit card" format

General case

A driving licence in "credit card" format issued since 2013 is valid 15 years.

1ers renewals 2028.

Renewal shall consist of simple administrative : there will be no driving test or medical check.

This renewal will update your address and photo.

Heavy Vehicle Permit

The validity period of the "heavy goods" driving licence depends on your age.

A "heavy goods vehicle" licence corresponds to the categories C, EC, C1, C1E, D, OF, D1, D1E.

In case of medical condition

The validity period of a driving licence may be reduced for health reasons.

Warning  

the validity of driving licence should not be confused with validity of licence categories. So even if your licence is valid for only 5 or 15 years, your B licence allowing you to drive a car remains valid for life (except individual restrictions).

The date of expiry of driving licence indicated on the front, line 4b.

The dates on which classes of licences are granted and terminated are on the 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 the holder

4a. Date of issue of title

4b. Title End Date

4c Issuing Authority

5. Title number

7. Signature of the holder

9. Licence Categories

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

Back of permit:

9. Licence Categories

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: File number (NEPH number)

Driver's licence pink (3 flaps)

General case

Your pink cardboard driver's licence remains valid until 19 January 2033.

You can request a replacement only if deterioration, loss or flight.

Heavy Vehicle Permit

The validity period of a "heavy goods" driving licence depends on your age.

A "heavy goods vehicle" licence corresponds to the categories C, EC, C1, C1E, D, OF, D1, D1E.

In case of medical condition

The validity period of a driving licence may be reduced for health reasons.

Warning  

the validity of driving licence should not be confused with validity of licence categories. Thus, even if your licence is valid only until 19 January 2033, your B licence allowing you to drive a car remains valid for life (except individual restrictions).