top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

What to do now that my street name has been changed by the mairie?

A street name change is similar to moving house and it is important to notify a number of administrative bodies about the change of address

If you need help with administrative matters in France, there are local free help points called Maisons France Service Pic: robert paul van beets / Shutterstock

Reader question: The name of my street has changed – do I need to inform administrative bodies?

Street names change from time to time on a decision of the mairie, for example to pay tribute to a well-known person who has died, or to help avoid postal errors if the previous name was too similar to the name of another local street.

Some mairies consult locals on this, others present it as a fait accompli.

Usually, they will write to locals to inform them. Building syndics will also inform residents of flats.

The result of this is similar to moving house, and means that you will need to notify a number of administrative bodies about the change of address.

In particular, you are meant to notify the change to the service for vehicle registration, to obtain new cartes grises registration documents for any cars or motorbikes within a month.

This is done at immatriculation.ants.gouv.fr (‘Modifier l’adresse sur votre certificat d’immatriculation’). You will receive a free sticker in the post to put over the address, unless you have already made three requests to change information, in which case a new certificate will be sent.

You can also notify the registration service, as well as the tax office and several other bodies including Pôle Emploi, EDF, Cpam (health), Cnav (French pensions), Saspa (Aspa, the French pension top-up benefit), in one go using the changement d’adresse en ligne service

Certain car professionals are also accredited by the Interior Ministry to help with carte grise procedures if necessary.

You should also, within three months, notify the change to the immigration services if you hold a residency card.

In theory, this is done online on the website of the Interior Ministry. However, Britons in France report that the card numbers on new Withdrawal Agreement cards are not yet recognised on this site.

We therefore advise contacting your prefecture in writing, preferably by registered letter (lettre recommandée avec avis de réception), or by email (see here for a useful list of prefecture contacts for residency cards).

The prefecture might require you to fill out a specific paper application form.

Note that it is optional to update the address on a French driving licence, passport or ID card.

Other bodies you will need to tell include utility companies, banks and insurers.

La Poste should be informed by the town council and will typically make sure that deliveries continue to the old address for at least two years.

If you need help with administrative matters in France, there are local free help points called Maisons France Service, which you can locate at cohesion-territoires.gouv.fr/france-services.

Related stories

What are the cyan blue ‘M’ signs appearing on French roads?

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now