Driver's licence exchange

Driver's licence exchange

Last update7 juin 2022

What is it?

Do you have a driving license (obtained in your home country) and want to drive in France? The exchange of your license for a French license is compulsory .

Indeed, a permit issued by a non-European state is recognized only for the first year of your installation in France.

Good to know: You have a maximum of one year from obtaining the receipt indicating refugee status to complete the permit exchange process.

Who is it for?

Location

France entière

Age required
More than 18 years
Location

France entière

Age required
More than 18 years

What to do?

1

Terms and conditions

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For your licence to be exchanged, it must:

  •  Be valid
  • Have been issued by a State exchanging driving licences with France. You can find the list of countries concerned by clicking here
  • Have been issued by the country in which you lived before settling in France
  • Be written in French or be accompanied by an official translation

>> Fore more info you can read the page "Obtain an official translation of a document "

Good to know: if your licence does not meet these conditions, you have to take a driving licence test in France. Read the Réfugiés.info fact sheet "Passing the driving test with a driving school".

2

When to apply?

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You must complete the permit exchange process within one year of obtaining the receipt indicating the status of refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection or stateless person.

Good to know: After one year, license exchange is no longer accepted.

3

Putting your file together

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The application file, to be completed online, includes the following documents:

  • Double-sided color image of the original driver's license,
  • Official translation of the license in French,
  • Proof of identity (receipt or residence permit),
  • Proof of address less than 6 months old: find the list of accepted documents here,
  • Proof of normal residence if you do not have the nationality of the country of issue of the permit (for example: employment contract in the country where you lived before and where you had the permit),
  • Digital photo-signature: where to take this photo?

Good to know: See the Refugees.info sheets Obtaining the official translation of a document, Scanning a document

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Complete the process online

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Délai de réponse :
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Documents justificatifs :

The exchange of driving licence can only be done online on the ANTS site.

  • You must create an account on the ANTS site to make the request.
  • When have an account, you can access this online service to request the exchange.

And after?

File verification

To track your request, you can go to the ANTS website by logging into your space.

Good to know: The processing time can take several months. Meanwhile, you are allowed to drive with your foreign licence.

You can also contact the ANTS:

  • (if you live in Paris) by email pp-dpg-permisdeconduire@interieur.gouv.fr
  • (if you live outside Paris) via this form below
  • by telephone: 34 00 in mainland France (non-surcharged number / Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

If your file is accepted

If your file is accepted, you will be contacted by text and email.

This email will tell you how to send in your foreign licence and get your new licence.

If your file is refused

If your file is refused, appeal solutions will be indicated on the refusal decision.

You can also choose to retake the driver's license exam. As a holder of a foreign driving license, you do not need to do the 20 hours of practical training (the "driving hours") for learning to drive, by registering as a "free candidate" , that is to say without going through a driving school.

To read: the Réfugiés.info sheet Passing the permit as a free candidate

Good to know: If your original license was issued by a country of the European Union or the European Economic Area less than 5 years ago, you will also be exempted from passing the road code test.

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