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Updated : 01/03/2017

Car registration documents and formalities – France

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Motorised vehicles: roadworthiness

If you buy a new car in France, you need to put it through a roadworthiness test 4 years after the initial purchase.

If you have a used car which is more than 4 years old, you need to put it through a roadworthiness test every 2 years.

A roadworthiness test must be conducted each time a vehicle changes owner.

If you register your car as a new resident in France, and have come from another EU country, you need to put the vehicle through a roadworthiness test if it is more than 4 years old.

Vehicle roadworthiness testing centrefrançais .



Roadworthiness testing of passenger cars, vans and motorhomesfrançais .

Do foreign nationals who move to France have to register their vehicle?français



Registration certificate — first registrationfrançais

Registration certificate — used vehiclefrançais



Vehicle registration certificates are permanent and therefore do not need to be renewed.

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