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Additional cases ? Can I drive in France with a foreign license? / Driving with a European license / with a permit from another country / Exchange of a European permit / Exchange of a permit from another country
Covid-19: validity of a European driving license extended by 7 months
The Regulation (EU) 2020/698 of 25 May 2020 extends the validity of a European driving license.
A license that expires between 1to February 2020 and August 31, 2020 shall remain valid for 7 months from the date of expiry indicated therein if it is issued by one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom.
This certificate allows you to drive while waiting to receive your French license, but only within the limit of the recognition period of your foreign license.
Whatever the country of issue, a driver's license is recognized in France as long as it is valid and you have your right to drive.
In addition, the recognition of a non- European is limited to 1 year from the acquisition of the normal residence in France.