It’s almost the holidays ? If you plan to go to a country outside Europe, your French license may be sufficient to drive temporarily. But in some countries, it must be accompanied by a translation.
To drive legally, here’s what you need to know before you go.
What is the International Driving Permit (IDP)?
An international driving license is a document that authorizes you to drive abroad the same categories of vehicles as your French license.
If you plan to drive in a country of the European Economic Area temporarily (3 months in general), your French license remains valid, and you will not need a PCI.
Out of Europe
In some non-European countries, having an international license, in addition to your French driving license is mandatory.
To find out if your host country requires an ICP (International Driving Permit), find out about the Summary of procedures by country, or contact the consular services of your destination.
Who can have it?
To obtain an international driving permit, you must:
- Hold a valid French driving license.
- Have a license that has never been cancelled, revoked or suspended.
How to apply for an international permit
Connect to the website of the National Agency for Secure Documents (ANTS). To connect to the ANTS website, you will need to create an account. You will then have to submit an online pre-application and present the following supporting documents:
- Your French driving license
- Your ID
- Your proof of residence (not older than 3 months)
After registering your pre-request, send the confirmation of your request online and a photo ID by mail. Your international driving license will be sent to your address.
Cost and period of validity of the driving license
The application for an international driving license is free. The Permit is valid for 3 years and you can renew it as many times as you wish.
What are the holdups ?
It is recommended to apply for your international driving license several months in advance. It usually takes 11 weeks to receive it.
In the event of an emergency, it is possible to take priority to shorten the deadlines, by providing proof (certificate from the employer).
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