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Exchanging a foreign driving license
I live in Gouvieux. Where do I go to exchange a foreign driving license for a French one?
Do you have an EU licence? If so there is no need to change it for a French one. The only way you can be compelled to change it is if you are convicted of an offense that requires the deduction of points in France - for that you will need a French Licence.
Full details of the EU directive are here whilst there is a useful FAQ section here.
A useful excerpt from an FAQ is this:
Q. How do I obtain a French licence?
A. Assuming you hold a valid licence from an EU or EEA (European Economic Area) member state you can request to change from your current licence to a French licence. However thanks to an EU directive you are not obliged to exchange your UK licence for a French one if you are resident in France. To request an exchange you should apply to your local Prefecture (the form is called the demande d’échange de permis de conduire). You will need to provide:
- a valid current licence (an official translation may be necessary including details of any penalties or suspensions)
- proof of domicile
- 2 passport sized photographs
- your carte de séjour (or passport)
- the fee, in the form of timbres fiscale
It is worth keeping your original licence as the French licence will not show how many years you have been driving prior to the issue of the licence.
The local sous-prefecture for the Oise is in Senlis, the Prefecture is in Beauvais. Hope that helps!
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I recently spoke with the DVLA (UK Authority) as my UK licence expires next year and seems that unless you are resident in the UK then they will not renew it.
It's a problem with the system - the DVLA has no way of storing foreign addresses so you can't change your address to a foreign one. However, they have admitted that because of this you cannot be prosecuted for having an incorrect address on your licence in these circumstances. So you just need any UK address that you can collect post from - parents, work etc.
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Thanks Adrian will give it a try when the time arises
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