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Can I drive in France with a foreigner licence?

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

It depends on the State that issued you the driving licence.

Permit issued in Europe (EEA)

You are concerned if you have obtained a driving licence in a State European.

You can drive in France with your licence European as long as valid.

Exchanging your European driving licence for a French one is not necessary to drive in France.

This is only mandatory in the following 2 cases:

  • You are requesting a new licence category (extension)
  • In France, you commit a traffic violation, resulting in a loss of points, restriction, suspension or cancellation of your licence

Permit issued in another State

You can drive in France with your licence issued by a state no European  during a short stay or during your studies under conditions.

If you settle in France, you must apply to exchange your licence for a french one (except for a british one issued before 2021).