Updated : 10/01/2013
Car registration documents and formalities – France
* Information not yet provided by national authorities
How often must vehicles undergo roadworthiness tests in France?
New cars: In the 6 months before the car's 4th birthday
Thereafter: every 2 years
Must a roadworthiness test be conducted each time a vehicle changes owners?
Yes. The car must be sold with a roadworthiness certificate issued in the last 6 months.
Do the French authorities require a roadworthiness test when a new resident from another EU/EFTA country registers their car?
Yes. Only roadworthiness certificates issued by a body approved by the French authorities are valid in France.
What does a roadworthiness test in France typically consist of?
- Anti-pollution test
- Special LPG
- Certain failings require a second inspection within 2 months:
- Suspension and axles
- Steering & wheels
- Bodywork (tank leak, non-opening doors)
- Safety equipment (mirrors, indicators)