Driving in France
To drive in France, you must be in possession of:
A) your national driving license (if you’re not an EU citizen, you must have your international driving license)
B) a certificate of registration – the original not a copy – which is called carte grise (grey card) in France, and
C) a certificate of insurance
If your stay in France is for less than 6 months, you can travel freely with your car around the country. You can also rent a car in France. You will be able to find rental companies at each airport and in most train stations in the country. If your stay in France is greater than 6 months you must change your license and have you car inspected.
Here are some road rules to respect whilst driving in France:
- The speed limit is 50km/h in cities, 80km/h in regional areas and 130km/h on motoways unless indicated otherwise.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- In France, you drive on the right hand side of the road.
- Seatbelts are a requirement by law and must be fastened by passengers in the front as well as in the back of the vehicule at all times.
- The use of a mobile phone while driving is illegal unless in use with Bluetooth or handsfree.
- The maximum blood alcohol limit is 0.5mg/mL
- The use of psychoactives whilst driving is strictly prohibited.
- It is recommended to have your headlights on low during the day.
- It is mandatory to have a high-visibility vest and hazard triangle in your car at all times in case of emergency.
Attention! As a foreign national committing an infraction under the French Road Code, you will be subject to a fine under the discretion of the state prosecuter. Otherwise, it is possible that your vehicule will be impounded. The charges related thereto will be those of the driver of the vehicule at the time of the infraction.