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Updated : 10/01/2013

Car registration documents and formalities – France

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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 français

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. français

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:

  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Lights
  • Exhaust
  • Suspension and axles
  • Steering & wheels
  • Bodywork (tank leak, non-opening doors)
  • Safety equipment (mirrors, indicators)

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