FAQs: How to register your car in France

Registering a car for French plates now has to be done online

There is a lot of confusion about how to register a UK car in France. Paulette Booth, manager of an English-speaking AXA insurance office answers readers’ questions on this and related topics with input from French officials and Connexion

Since the end of 2017, the formalities related to registering a car – and other vehicles – in France have moved online.

To get a registration document (known as a carte grise) or to notify a change of owner or address, you need to apply via the ANTS website immatriculation.ants.gouv.fr. There is no charge for carrying out this service.

Previously, you had to visit a prefecture – and with more than 30million applications a year, people often faced queues – send in the forms by post, or pay for a service to do it for you.

The change was part of a drive to put more work online and close most direct public access.

The new system, however, has brought problems and delays. We answer your questions here.

I have bought my first car in France. How do I change the carte grise to my name?

IF YOU bought the car via a professional, they probably would have dealt with this for you, with you supplying the paperwork. So it is most likely you bought it privately. There are two ways to change the carte grise to your name.

The first is online at immatriculation.ants.gouv.fr.

To do this, you need to identify yourself through a secure password-protected service called FranceConnect.

This involves obtaining a single user ID and password by setting up an online account with a partner body, such as the tax service ...

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