Car various topics
European law states that if you import a car in a country where you intend to be your main residence, you must get new plates.
To get French plates, you must have a CERTIFICAT D'IMMATRICULATION (previously Carte grise).
To obtain this document, you must visit website service public.fr with the documents below :
- Demande de certificat d'immatriculation ( Cerfa 13750 07 )
- Certificate of conformity from the French branch of the maker (evidence that the car complies with French rules)
- Previous foreign registration documents
- Quitus fiscal about VAT tax (modèle 1993 VT REC) : Visit Centre des Impôts
- French "M.O.T " (Contrôle technique) if the car is more than 4 years
- Last invoice from EDF or another proof of address
- Your Credit card ...
Main units for car tax assessment are "chevaux fiscaux"
Fees are based on where you live, the age of the vehicle and the CO² emissions. Here is the estimate
You can no longer visit PREFECTURE or SOUS PREFECTURE !!!
Then, remember to keep the DVLA informed !
This process can be far more complicated if the car is a specific one ( collection car ... ).
How to obtain the Quitus fiscal ?
It is the evidence showing that the car complies with French VAT rules .
There is no charge but you must VISIT the Centre des impôts with :
- Invoice or Certificat de cession for 2nd hand car ( Cerfa 13751-02 )
- Previous registration documents
- Last recent EDF invoice
French policies must legaly consider a Bonus / malus system.
You will have to provide your no claim history : we will assist you in getting the French bonus equivalence.
Be careful : Banks and many insurers are not able to transfer your history so you will lose it and then pay a more expensive premium ....
When you are driving, you must have :
- Registration ( original and not a copy ... )
- Driving licence
- Green certificate ( insurance document )
- European Accident form ( European-Accident-Form-English-and-French)
- The last motor vehicle inspection ( Contrôle technique )
If you sell the car, you must :
- Have a recent motor vehicle inspection (MOT)
- Fill the "certificat de cession" form and give a part to the Prefecture and the other part to the new owner
- Give the crossed-out " certificat d'immatriculation " to the new owner with mention " vendu le xx/xx/2xxx "
- Visit ANTS website to declare the transaction and receive a code
- Give to code to the new owner
Who can drive my car ?
- Anyone can drive except if you choose a "conduite exclusive" contract
- A young driver ( less than 23 and without his own car insurance ) but he will support a larger excess if he is involved in an "at fault" accident
Where can I drive the car ?
- Everywhere in the world but for short periods ( less than 3 months )
- The roadside assistance will follow you in those countries written on back face of the insurance certificate
- Roadside assistance will really be way better in Europe