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Crit'Air Thumbnail or Tablet (Air Quality Certificate)

Verified 01 juin 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The Crit'Air tile, or air quality certificate, is mandatory to travel during peak pollution in case of differentiated circulation and low emission mobility zone (ZFE-m). The Crit'Air label indicates the pollution level of a vehicle. A simulator allows you to know which category of thumbnail to buy. You can purchase the thumbnail online or by mail. The price is €3.67, including shipping. You must pay a fine if you violate the law.

The Crit'Air label, which is visible on a vehicle, indicates its pollution level.

There 6 thumbnails : the higher the number of the sticker, the more polluted the vehicle.

All vehicle types must have a Crit'Air label: car, utility, motorcycle, scooter lorry...

It is mandatory to drive:

Example :

In the ZFE-m of the Greater Paris Metropolis , light vehicles (PTAC ⩽ 3.5 tons) not classified or bearing the Crit'Air 4 or Crit'Air 5 sticker may not circulate from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm, excluding public holidays. This traffic restriction applies to heavy goods vehicles 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

However, access to a ZFE-m may not be prohibited for vehicles displaying a mobility card with disabled parking.

If you have collection car, check with your town hall to find out which rules apply.

Who shall I contact

  FYI : the ZFE-m replaced the restricted area (ZCR). The communities shall establish a ZFE-m when air quality standards are not regularly met.

The Crit'Air tile depends on the following criteria:

  • Vehicle type: car, utility, motorcycle, scooter lorry...
  • Type of energy or fuel: electric, diesel, petrol...
  • Euro Standard or date of 1re registration

Use the simulator to find out which Crit'Air sticker to buy for your vehicle.

Calculate the Crit'Air category of your vehicle (Crit'Air label)

Ministry of Environment

Car

Hybrid electric car, gas and hydrogen

Class of hybrid electric car, gas and hydrogen

Class

Thumbnail Colour

Vehicle type

Electric

Green

Electric and hydrogen regardless of the date

1

Violet

- Gas regardless of the date

- Rechargeable Hybrid regardless of the date

Petrol or diesel car

Class of a petrol or diesel car

Class

Colour of the tablet

Date of 1st registration or Euro standard

Car

Diesel

Petrol

1

Violet

_

From 2011

EURO 5 and 6

2

Yellow

From 2011

EURO 5 and 6

January 2006 to December 2010

EURO 4

3

Orange

EURO 4

Between 2006 and 2010

January 1997 to December 2005

EURO 2 and 3

4

Bordeaux

Between 2001 and 2005

EURO 3

-

5

Gray

Between 1997 and 2000

EURO 2

-

Uncategorised

No tablet

Before 1997

EURO 1 and before

Before 1997

EURO 1 and before

Thin Utility

Hybrid Light Electric Utility, Gas and Hydrogen

Class of Hybrid Light Utility, Gas and Hydrogen

Class

Thumbnail Colour

Vehicle type

Electric

Green

Electric and hydrogen regardless of the date

1

Violet

- Gas regardless of the date

- Rechargeable Hybrid regardless of the date

Light Petrol or Diesel Utility

Class of a light gasoline or diesel utility

Class

Colour of the tablet

Date of 1st registration or Euro standard

Light Utility Vehicle

Diesel

Petrol

1

Violet

_

From 2011

EURO 5 and 6

2

Yellow

From 2011

EURO 5 and 6

January 2006 to December 2010

EURO 4

3

Orange

January 2006 to December 2010

EURO 4

October 1997 to December 2005

EURO 2 and 3

4

Bordeaux

Between 2001 and 2005

EURO 3

-

5

Gray

Between 1997 and 2000

EURO 2

-

Uncategorised

No tablet

Before October 1997

EURO 1 and before

Before October 1997

EURO 1 and before

2 wheels, tricycle, quadricycle

2 wheels, tricycle, electric hybrid quadricycle, gas or hydrogen

Class of 2 wheels, tricycle, hybrid electric quadricycle, gas or hydrogen

Class

Thumbnail Colour

Vehicle type

Electric

Green

Electric and hydrogen regardless of the date

1

Violet

- Gas regardless of the date

- Rechargeable Hybrid regardless of the date

2 wheels, tricycle, quadricycle petrol or diesel

Class of 2 wheels, tricycle, quadricycle petrol or diesel

Class

Colour of the tablet

Date of 1st registration or Euro standard

2 wheels, tricycle, quadricycle

1

Violet

From 2017 for motorcycles

From 2018 for mopeds

EURO 4

2

Yellow

From January 2007 to December 2016 for motorcycles

From January 2007 to December 2017 for mopeds

EURO 3

3

Orange

July 2004 to December 2006

EURO 2

4

Bordeaux

June 2000

30 June 2004

No standard

5

Gray

-

Uncategorised

No tablet

Until 31 May 2000

No standard

You can purchase the Crit'Air label online or by mail.

Online

Your carte grise must be up to date.

Otherwise, you have to change of address before requesting the certificate.

Request a Crit'air label online

Ministry of Environment

Prepare your carte grise.

You can use this online service to find out what is happening with your request.

Prepare your carte grise, as you must enter the vehicle registration number.

Follow your request for Vignette Crit'Air 

Ministry of Environment

The time limit for issuing the certificate is approximately 10 days.

In case of difficulties, you can contact the Crit'Air label delivery service:

Who shall I contact
  • Air Quality Certificate Issuing Service (Crit'Air label)

    Phone

    0 800 97 00 33 (free from a fixed position)

    Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

    Email

    Use contact form .

    By mail

    Air Quality Certification Service

    BP 50637

    59506 Douai Cedex

By mail

Your carte grise must be up to date.

Otherwise, you have to change of address before requesting the certificate.

Download the Crit'Air tile application form.

Prepare your carte grise to complete the form.

Once completed and signed, send the form to the national certificate issuing service.

Attach payment by check to the order of theNational Printing.

Who shall I contact
  • Air Quality Certificate Issuing Service (Crit'Air label)

    Phone

    0 800 97 00 33 (free from a fixed position)

    Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

    Email

    Use contact form .

    By mail

    Air Quality Certification Service

    BP 50637

    59506 Douai Cedex

You can use this online service to find out what is happening with your request.

Prepare your carte grise, as you must enter the vehicle registration number.

Follow your request for Vignette Crit'Air 

Ministry of Environment

The time limit for issuing the certificate is approximately 10 days.

In case of difficulties, you can contact the Crit'Air label delivery service:

  • Air Quality Certificate Issuing Service (Crit'Air label)

    Phone

    0 800 97 00 33 (free from a fixed position)

    Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

    Email

    Use contact form .

    By mail

    Air Quality Certification Service

    BP 50637

    59506 Douai Cedex

The price of the Crit'Air decal is €3.67 shipping included.

You must stick the sticker to the front of the vehicle so that it is visible from the outside:

  • For a 2 or 3-wheel drive: on the fork
  • For car, utility, lorry....: inside the vehicle, front visible from the outside, on the lower right of the windscreen

A vehicle keeps the same Crit'Air label throughout its life.

Once purchased, the label remains valid for as long as it remains legible.

Move in low emission mobility zone (ZFE-m) with an unauthorised vehicle or without a Crit'Air sticker is fined up to €450.

In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €68.

The same fine is provided if you do not respect the traffic restrictions in case of differentiated circulation during a peak of pollution.

The following vehicles are involved:

  • Private car
  • 2 or 3 wheels, quadricycles
  • Thin Utility

This offence may immobilisation of the vehicle and impound.