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Vehicle number plate spoofing

Verified 28 January 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you are a victim of number plate theft, you can request a new carte grise with a new number plate.

The spoofing of licence plates, also called double, is a crime. It consists of reproducing the plates of another vehicle to escape the contraventions of automatic radars.

The use of false licence plates shall be punishable:

  • A 7-year prison sentence
  • A fine of €30,000
  • A 6-point withdrawal on the driving licence
  • Suspension of a driving licence for up to 3 years
  • The total cancellation of the driver's licence (with a ban on ironing it for up to 3 years)
  • From confiscation of the vehicle

If you receive a ticket or tickets that correspond to traffic offences you did not commit, you are likely to be subject to number plate theft.

You have to file a complaint very quickly and challenge the fine. You can also request a new registration number and carte grise.

You file for usurpation of licence plates with the police station or the police brigade near you.

Who shall I contact

You must file a complaint against X for usurping your number plate.

A complaint receipt will be provided. It will allow you to contest the minutes (minutes) received.

You can file a pre-complaint online. You will be summoned very quickly by the police or the gendarmerie to be heard on the facts and to sign your complaint.

Online Pre-Complaint

When you file a complaint, your vehicle registration number is recorded in the stolen vehicle file (FV).

If you file a complaint about an automatic radar violation, you must attach the photograph of the violation to the file.

Ask for auto radar photo

If the offence (speeding, burning red light) was detected by radar, you must request the flash photo and provide it at the time of your complaint.

You must include a copy of the following documents with your photo request:

  • carte grise
  • ID
  • Notice of contravention

Where to ask for the picture?

You must request the photo from the Automated Traffic Detection Centre (Cacir).

How to ask for the photo?

By mail (single letter)

You must include a copy of the following 3 documents:

  • carte grise
  • Your ID
  • Notice of contravention
Who shall I contact

If you contest the fine, you should not pay it. If you pay for it, it is like acknowledging that you committed the offence.

You must challenge the penalty within 45 days of receiving the notice of violation (30 days for a flat penalty plus a penalty).

Online protest

You can contest the violation online on the website of the National Automated Crime Processing Agency (Antai).

You must use the online form and include a copy of your complaint receipt.

Flat fine notice: online protest

Email challenge

You can also contest by returning the exemption request form attached to your ticket, by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt.

You must include a copy of your complaint receipt.

You must send your mail to the address listed on your Notice of Contravention.


attach to your protest all the supporting documents proving that you were not at the place of the offence (train or plane tickets, toll tickets, purchase invoices, hotel invoice, employer certificate, testimonials...).

When your identity theft complaint is registered, you can request a new carte grise. This carte grise will have a new registration number.

The application is made online on the website of the National Secured Securities Agency (ANTS).

You must use your ANT account or France Connect.

It is best to specify your request (main request, name, first name, date of birth, any information you think necessary).

Request carte grise following number plate spoofing

You must certify on the honour that the carte grise applicant has a vehicle insurance certificate and a driving licence corresponding to the category of the vehicle registered.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's licence. But this can be requested when you are investigating your file.

Of numeric points (with computers, printers and scanners) are available in every prefecture and in most sub-prefectures. You can do the process there. You can be helped by digital mediators if you encounter difficulties using the internet.

You can also be accompanied by a France Services establishment or a public service house:

Who shall I contact


it is no longer possible to request a carte grise from the prefecture or sub-prefecture.

You must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the complaint receipt.

If you do the step for someone else, you must have a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification.

At the end of the procedure, you get 3 items:

  • A file number
  • An acknowledgement of your application
  • An Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print. The CPI allows you to move for 1 month only in France, waiting to receive your carte grise.

You will receive the final carte grise under secure at home a time limit that may vary.

You can follow the progress of its production online:

Follow your carte grise request

Complaints are free of charge.

In the case of plate theft, the issue of a new registration number and a new carte grise is also free of charge, as long as you submit a receipt of the complaint. But you will have to pay a carte grise shipping fee of €2.76. There is no shipping charge if the moped is involved. The Regulation obligatory credit card.

Please note

you will also need to have your new licence plates installed on your vehicle. Fees remain at your expense.