- Driving in France – License
Yup have that bit, looks like it’ll have to do.
Lost it with my debit card which a good samaritan found and cancelled for me, my new found faith in human nature hopes he’ll pop the driving license through the letterbox for me.
Out of interest, how hot are they on this stuff over there, could this cause me a load of aggro on the off chance I got pulled over?Posted 4 years ago
Drop into your local police station to declare your licence stolen or lost. The papers they give you along with the paper thing will allow you to drive in France for two months.
In theory if you forget all the documents the on-the-spot fine is 75e licence, 135e assurance, Carte Grise (registration document) 22e and 600e CT (MOT). In reality it’s rarely applied by Gendarmes who can check their data base for French citizens and will even radio to base for foreigners – assuming you’ve got your passport or identity card on you, if you’ve got nothing they’ll keep you entertained for hours/days.
I get stopped now and then, mainly in routine checks for alcohol and vehicle condition.Posted 4 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
In short, yes you do if you don’t have both parts paper and photocard you could be slapped with a fine. Speak to the DVLA, I had something similar last year so I sent the forms back special delivery next day with a covering letter and prepaid special delivery envelope as well and had my licence back that week.
Realistically it’s unlikely to cause you a problem i’ve probably spent several months driving in france over the past few years and never had so much as a sniff from the boys in blue but if you don’t have one it’ll be sods law….
You could take the international number for the DVLA with you just in case to dry and get them to fax a certificate of entitlement but for the £15 it’ll cost for special delivery both ways to replace your licence it’s not worth it. You can take other bits of paper as mentioned above and try and sort it if you do get stopped but it’s going to be a lot of faff!Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
It would be best to have it. You may be able to bluff the policeman that the paper bit is ok but it doesn’t have a photo as required, carry your passport when in the car and your proof ownership and insurance.
I’ve been stopped before and everything checked, it’s law now to have a yellow safety jacket, the breatherlisers being compulsory has been delayed (although I have them).Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
That’s a point Jambalaya, the rules say that you have to carry proof of ownership. Of course British car owners have no such thing, we have a document which shows who the registered keeper is but not the owner. And I suspect a significant proportion of the cars on our roads are actually owned by finance companies not the driver.Posted 4 years ago
anyway OP, I went for 3wks last year and never got asked for mine.leffeboySubscriber
Drop into your local police station to declare your licence stolen or lost
I think educator is correct. My wife had her wallet stolen which included her license. The police here (in Belgium) gave her a document that covered her for a few weeks while her licence was replaced.
Edit: edukator is always correct, what am I thinking ofPosted 4 years ago
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