Crit'Air sticker or pellet (air quality certificate)

Verified 15 September 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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What is the Crit'Air sticker? Which vehicles are involved? What category of Crit'Air vignette to buy? What's the price? How do I apply? We'll show you the rules to know on the Crit'Air vignette.

The Crit'Air vignette specifies the pollution level of the vehicle.

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

All vehicles must have a Crit'Air vignette : car, utility, motorcycle, scooter, heavy goods vehicle...

The Crit'Air sticker must be bonding in a manner that visible on the vehicle.

The Crit'Air vignette depends on :

  • Type of vehicle : car, lightweight utility, motorcycle, scooter, heavy goods vehicle...
  • Type of energy or fuel : electric, diesel, petrol...
  • Euro Standard of the vehicle 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 sticker)

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Car

Hybrid electric car, gas and hydrogen
Tableau - Class of hybrid electric car, gas and hydrogen

Class

Thumbnail Color

Type of vehicle

Electric

Green

Electrical and hydrogen whatever the date

1

Violet

  • Gas whatever the date
  • Rechargeable hybrid whatever the date
Petrol or diesel car
Tableau - Class of a petrol or diesel car

Class

Pellet Color

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

-

Unclassified

No lozenge

Before 1997

EURO 1 and before

Before 1997

EURO 1 and before

Lightweight Utility

Hybrid electric light utility, gas and hydrogen
Tableau - Class of a light-duty electric hybrid utility, gas and hydrogen

Class

Thumbnail Color

Type of vehicle

Electric

Green

Electrical and hydrogen whatever the date

1

Violet

  • Gas whatever the date
  • Rechargeable hybrid whatever the date
Light gasoline or diesel utility
Tableau - Class of a light petrol or diesel utility

Class

Pellet Color

Date of 1st registration or Euro standard

Light commercial vehicle

Diesel

Petrol

1

Violet

_

From 2011

EURO 5 and 6

2

Yellow

From 2011

EURO 5 and 6A

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

-

Unclassified

No lozenge

Before October 1997

EURO 1 and before

Before October 1997

EURO 1 and before

2 wheels, tricycle, motor quadricycle

2 wheels, tricycle, hybrid electric quadricycle, gas or hydrogen
Tableau - Class of a 2-wheel, tricycle, hybrid electric quadricycle, gas or hydrogen

Class

Thumbnail Color

Type of vehicle

Electric

Green

Electrical and hydrogen whatever the date

1

Violet

- Gas whatever the date

- Plug-in hybrid whatever the date

2 wheels, tricycle, quadricycle petrol or diesel
Tableau - Class of 2 wheels, tricycle, quadricycle petrol or diesel

Class

Pellet Color

Date of 1st registration or Euro standard

2 wheels, tricycle, motor quadricycle

1

Violet

From 2017 for motorcycles

From 2018 for mopeds

EURO 4 and 5A

2

Yellow

January 2007 to December 2016 for motorcycles

January 2007 to December 2017 for mopeds

EURO 3

3

Orange

July 2004 to December 2006

EURO 2

4

Bordeaux

June 2000

as at 30 june 2004

No standard of any kind

5

Gray

-

Unclassified

No lozenge

Until 31 May 2000

No standard of any kind

The price of the Crit'Air vignette is €3.72 shipping costs included for a shipment in France.

There's one Crit'Air sticker per vehicle.

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Vehicle registered in France

On the Internet

The approach is available in English, French and German.

Carte grise The vehicle's Certificate of Registration (C of R) must be up to date.

Otherwise, you must do the change of address before requesting the certificate.

Apply online for a Crit'Air sticker (air quality certificate) for a vehicle registered in France

You can use this online service to find out where your request is.

Carte grise Prepare your vehicle, as you must provide the vehicle registration number.

Follow your request for Crit'Air Vignette 

The time for issuing the certificate is approximately 10 days.

In case of difficulties, you can contact the Crit'Air sticker issuing service:

Who shall I contact
By mail

Carte grise The vehicle's Certificate of Registration (C of R) must be up to date.

Otherwise, you must do the change of address before requesting the certificate.

Download the Crit'Air sticker application form.

Carte grise Prepare your person to complete the form.

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

Attach the payment by check to the orderImprimerie Nationale SA.

Application for Crit'air vignette by mail (air quality certificate)

Who shall I contact

You can use this online service to find out where your request is.

Carte grise Prepare your vehicle, as you must provide the vehicle registration number.

Follow your request for Crit'Air Vignette 

The time for issuing the certificate is approximately 10 days.

In case of difficulties, you can contact the Crit'Air sticker issuing service:

Who shall I contact

Foreign registered vehicle

The approach is available in English, French and German.

Carte grise The vehicle's Certificate of Registration (C of R) must be up to date.

Apply online for a Crit'Air sticker (air quality certificate) for a foreign-registered vehicle

FYI  

The application for a Crit'Air sticker is only made online for a foreign registered vehicle.

You need to paste the thumbnail front of the vehicle so that it is visible from the outside:

  • For a 2 or 3 wheels: on the fork
  • For a car, utility, heavy goods vehicle...: inside the vehicle, front visible from the outside, on the lower right part of the windshield

Video: How to affix the Crit'Air sticker (air quality certificate)?

Vidéo - How to affix the Crit'Air sticker (air quality certificate)?

Operating instructions for a vehicle with windshield

Clean the inside of the windshield at the bottom right.

The surface should be clean and dry before application.

Peel off the whole from the back of the document and paste it onto the cleaned area.

The Crit'Air sticker must be visible from the outside.

Once glued, do not attempt to reposition the assembly as this will tear the thumbnail.

Operating instructions for a vehicle without a windshield

Remove the patch that is on the front of the mail

Take off the certificate gently. Be careful, the surface is sticky.

Return the certificate and reposition it in the same place.

Take off the whole from the back of the document.

The Crit'Air sticker must be affixed, visible from the outside, to a surface located at the front of the vehicle in a highly visible manner: fork, mudguard, right front fairing.

No, a vehicle keeps the same Crit'Air vignette throughout his life.

Once purchased, the sticker remains valid as long as she stays legible.

During a pollution episode, the thumbnail is obligatory for circulate in the event of implementation of the differentiated (alternating) circulation .

FYI  

the road signs indicate any reductions in maximum permitted speeds or traffic deviations.

The thumbnail is obligatory for circulate in a low-emission mobility zone (m-EPZ).

However, access to an m-EPZ cannot not be prohibited to vehicles displaying a mobility card inclusion with the mention parking for disabled people.

Consult the Bison Futé app for know the m-EPZs and their movement restrictions :

Smart Bison: Reviewing Low Emission Zones (m-EPZ) and Traffic Restrictions (Crit'Air Vignettes Allowed)

Example :

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

Move in a low-emission mobility zone (m-EPZ) with a unauthorized vehicle or without a Crit'Air sticker shall be sanctioned by a fine up to €450.

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

The same fine is planned if you don't respect the movement restrictions in case of alternating traffic during a pollution episode.

The following vehicles are concerned:

  • Passenger car
  • 2 or 3 wheels, motor quadricycles
  • Lightweight Utility

This offense may result in immobilization of the vehicle and its impoundment.

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