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Can I drive in France with a Ukrainian licence?

Verified 04 mai 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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You are a visitor in France or a tourist (stay of less than 3 months)

You can drive in France with the original of your driving licence valid, accompanied by translation or international driving licence.

The translation of your driving licence must be done by a certified translator.

You must respect driving rules in France .

  Warning : if you settle in France, you pass the french driver's licence to continue driving in France. Indeed, a licence issued by a non-member country European is valid 1 year from the acquisition of normal residence in France.

You have a student residence permit

You can drive in France with the original of your driving licence valid, accompanied by translation or international driving licence.

The translation of your driving licence must be done by a certified translator.

You must respect driving rules in France .

  Warning : if you settle in France at the end of your studies, you must pass the french driver's licence to continue driving in France. Indeed, a licence issued by a non-member country European is valid 1 year from the acquisition of normal residence in France.

You are first-time regular with a visa or a residence permit of 1 year or more

You can drive in France with the original of your driving licence valid, accompanied by translation or international driving licence.

The translation of your driving licence must be done by a certified translator.

You must respect driving rules in France .

  Warning : if you settle in France, you pass the french driver's licence to continue driving in France. Indeed, a licence issued by a non-member country European is valid 1 year from the acquisition of normal residence in France.

You have a temporary residence permit, the term "beneficiary of temporary protection"

You can drive in France with the original of your driving licence valid, accompanied by translation or international driving licence.

The translation of your driving licence must be done by a certified translator.

You must respect driving rules in France .

  Warning : if you settle in France, you pass the french driver's licence to continue driving in France. A licence issued by a non-member State European is valid 1 year from the acquisition of normal residence in France.

  FYI : if you have professional qualification of driver of heavy vehicles obtained in European Union countries, it is recognised in France.

However, if you obtained it in Ukraine, it is not recognised in France. You must complete a mandatory minimum of 140 hours of initial training (Fimo) in France to work in road transport.