Re-registering and insuring your car in France

You can use an EU-registered vehicle on French roads without needing to change to French numberplates for six months but if you stay longer and you are considered to be living here, you need to re-register the vehicle at the prefecture and get new plaques d’immatriculation.

You do not need to attend the prefecture in person as companies can act as a professionnel agréé to complete the formalities for you.

You need the following documents:

  • The Certificat de Conformité Européen (available from the manufacturer – get it via the UK sales agent)
  • A completed Demande de Certificat d’Immatriculation – Cerfa 13750*03
  • The original registration documents, plus photocopies
  • The Quitus Fiscal from your local tax office to show tax/VAT has been paid on your vehicle. ...

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