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Name change following divorce: should the gray card be changed?

Verified 19 December 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

If you have a gray card with your spouse's name on it, you divorce and keep the vehicle, you can have it changed to show only your last name.

If your spouse agrees, you can choose to keep his or her name as a common name on your gray card. However, if you remarry, you will automatically lose your username and you will have to request a name change on your gray card.

You can also keep your spouse's name as a common name in case of legitimate interest, even if your spouse does not agree. In particular so that the name of the parent(s) remains the same as that of the children.

The process is to be carried out online using the following remote service:

Request a new gray card following the change of the holder's username

You must identify yourself through France Connect..

A digital copy device (scanner, digital camera, smartphone or tablet equipped with a photo function) is required.

Of numeric points (with computers, printers and scanners) are available in each prefecture and in most sub-prefectures. You can accomplish the process, helped by mediators if you encounter difficulties with the use of the Internet.

You can also be accompanied in your walk in a house of services to the public.

Who shall I contact


it is no longer possible to request a gray card from the prefecture or the sub-prefecture.

You must have a digital copy (photo or scan) of the following documents:

Please note

if the vehicle was in the name of both spouses and a judgment only assigns it to one of the former spouses, you may also remove reference to spouse on the gray card.

If you're going to do it for someone else, you need a digital copy of the mandate signed and identification..

You must certify on the honor that the gray card applicant has

  • a vehicle insurance certificate
  • and a driving license corresponding to the category of the registered vehicle.

You do not have to attach a digital copy (photo or scan) of the driver's license. However, you may be asked to do so when you are examining your file.

You will have to pay a gray card handling fee of €2.76.. You must obligatorily pay by credit card.

At the end of the procedure, you will get:

  • a file number,
  • an acknowledgement of your application
  • and an Interim Certificate of Registration (ICC), which you must print out. The CPI allows you to travel for 1 month, only in France, waiting to receive your gray card.

You will receive the final gray card under secure fold at home a delay that may vary.. You can follow the progress of its manufacture online:

Follow your gray card request

Please note

you must keep the old gray card for 5 years and then destroy it.