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French car registration in English language

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Publié par Eplaque

Posté le 22 septembre 2021 - 2 min de lecture ⏳

car registration in France for foreigners

Our efficient online vehicule registration services in France are also available in English ! Ownership transfer, address change, registration of a new car, new copy of a lost or stolen carte grise… We will help you with almost any request. Contact us now for registering a car in France:

  • Phone : +33 1 84 80 28 27 (free toll number)
  • Email : contact@eplaque.fr
  • Fax : 09 72 12 16 91

34, rue de la forêt
91860 Epinay-Sous-Sénart

Why Eplaque for you car registration in France?

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Eplaque is a licensed car registration service. It holds authorizations n°18621 (Ministry of Interior) & n°26579 (Treasury).

Eplaque is a French company specialized in online car registration since 2009. Our services based near Paris are approved and authorized by the Ministry of the Interior. We help daily people to get quickly their vehicle registration certificate, including foreigners.

Since 2017, vehicle registration is an online process in France. Requests are processed by the ANTS. The switch wreaked quite some havoc back then. Things have improved since, but they are still far from perfect. That’s why many people, even native, prefer to deal with an authorized private service provider to avoid any hassle.

Whether you brought you own car from the UK, Spain, Switzerland or Germany; whether you want to register a new or second hand car, motorbike… We can assist you in English. Our kind and fluent staff is available to answer your queries and guide you through the process. Don’t be lost in translation, get some help from one of the leader of the market to register your car in France.

How does vehicule registration work in France ?

Since 2009, the licence plate number of a car is assigned for life. Even in case of ownership change, the licence plate always stay with the vehicle. If you buy a second hand car in France, you have to fill in a « déclaration de cession ». Information about the seller, the buyer and the vehicle is part of this official form (Cerfa 15776). You will need this document, among others, to officialize the ownership change.

After you buy a used car, you have 30 days to notify the ownership transfer to you (changement de titulaire). You can drive temporarily with the crossed out carte grise. Once you register the ownership change to your name, you will get a temporary vehicle registration certificate (CPI) valid for 30 days. You will get your final carte grise by registered mail around one week following the approval of your request.

If you change anything meaningful about the car (fuel used, number of seats, etc.), the carte grise must be updated. If you move, you have also to update the vehicle registration certificate address thanks to a specific procedure.

How do I get my licence plates ?

You don’t get plates during the registration process. You have to have then made by a company. To do so, you simply have to show (or provide a copy of) the carte grise. We sell French licence plates online. You can therefore order them together with your car registration.

When you order a plate, you must choose a department. It will influence how the plate looks like since the right part displays regional designs. The number of the chosen department will appear + the logo of the region in which the department is. For example, if you choose the Var (83), your licence plate will display the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur logo. It is some kind of vanity feature of the French plate, it has no bearing on where the owner actually lives.

Une question ? Nous vous répondrons dans les meilleurs délais.

  • Yiannis T dit

    I want to buy a new german car that is not imported in France (a manual BMW M3 - BMW France imports only automatics). Will it need to pass some type of inspection, and is it easier (or even possible) to buy it from a french dealer or buy it in Germany and import it?

    • Eplaque dit

      If the car has a European certificate of conformity, which should be the case for any BMW sold in Germany, you can register it "easily" as an imported car. We are not sure whether French BMW dealers agree to buy from their German colleagues. It would certainly be easier for you if they take care of the registration of the car, but technically they don't offer any specific advantage to get the car registration. While it might cost you much more since you add a middleman in the transaction.

  • Nicole Goijarts dit

    Hi ,we have a secondary house in France and I just bought a used car in Germany and need French plates. I can’t get in France Connect ,what to do ?

    • Eplaque dit

      You can ask someone with a working France Connect account to submit your application. Or you can use our services.

  • Craig dit

    Bonjour, I have a SAAB that was originally sold into the United States market. There is therefore no CoC. I've been in the Netherlands for two years. RDW was quite happy to register it after an inspection, in which they stated that it was fully EU compliant (minus CoC). Can you assist me to register it in France, where I now live ? Thanks

    • Eplaque dit

      To replace the COC, request an RTI from the nearest DREAL. You can contact our customer service to assist you in your registration procedures Phone: 01 84 80 28 27 (free service) Email: contact@eplaque.fr

  • Michael Dewey dit

    I am an American living in Italy (not a resident there yet). I am coming to France to buy a used motorbike, but do not have a permanent address in France. Can you help me with the registration?

    • Eplaque dit

      You cannot register a vehicle in France without a permanent address. If Italy allows non-residents to register vehicles, the solution is to buy the motorbike in France, then export and register it in Italy.

  • Robert Lockwood dit

    Hi, i have sold my french registered car to an English man who also owns a property in france. The car had a CT last week so we just need to swap ownership on the Carte Grise, can you help please.

    • Eplaque dit

      Of course. We can help you in your procedures. Contact our customer service Phone : 01 84 80 28 27 (free service) Email : contact@eplaque.fr

  • Irma Maritz dit

    I bought a property in France, including a second hand vehicle. I am a South African resident, but have bee told that a South African passport is not sufficient proof of identity?

    • Eplaque dit

      A passport is a valid proof of identity.

  • Marg Lemons dit

    I have inherited a car which is currently in the UK the value is low but sentimental value is high for me , I am resident here in France can I import this vehicle for my own use here ?

    • Eplaque dit

      Sure, it's a bit more complicated since Brexit, but not impossible. You'll find more info on that page: https://www.eplaque.fr/en/france-car-registration

  • Roland Stross dit

    We are intending to buy a classic car which is currently registered in France by the current owners. We have owned a house in France which we have used as a holiday home for 20 years and we also own an adjoining house which has been let for 4 years. We pay tax on this income in France. Could you confirm if on this basis we are able to register this car which would remain in France on the basis that we are not full time residents in France?

    • Eplaque dit

      As far as you are able to provide a valid proof of address (which is the case since you own a property), you will be able to register the car.

  • ALDAHWI dit

    It is good to know that it is valid without time limitation. What about the line reading: Visite avant le 02/02/ 2022 What should I do?

    • Eplaque dit

      This is about the MOT (technical inspection). You must go with the car to a "centre de contrôle technique" for a check. If all is good, you'll get a sticker valid for 2 years.

  • ALDAHWI dit

    Hello, would you kindly advice on how to renew the vehicle registration papers?

    • Eplaque dit

      What do you mean by renewal? Any car registration is valid without time limitation.

  • Arielle Schwimmer dit

    Hello, I received a speeding ticket from the French Police, however I was not in France during time of event. I have documents that I was in Mexico at time of event. Who can i speak to rectify this situation. Someone in France is using my USA license.

  • Steven Worrall dit

    I have ordered my plates will I get notification when it is dispatched and delivered to thé relais point I have tried to log in but I don’t seem able to

    • Eplaque dit

      Unfortunately as a moderator I don't have that information, I guess so but email customer service directly to contact@eplaque.fr to get an accurate and timely response.

  • Pauline D Matthews dit

    Good day, I have been trying for 9 months now to get a duplicate copy of a grey card that is in my uncle’s name. I tried ANTS and it is impossible for me to enter the website as I am not French, do not have a French cellular phone number or address. My lawyer needs the grey card so she can give or sell the car and then close my file and send my inheritance. She is not helping me much and I am doing all the research in how to get this card to her. I will send you more information if you feel you can help me. Sincerely, Pauline Dufresne Matthews

    • Eplaque dit

      It's not possible to get a duplicate copy if the holder is deceased. In that case, you have to request the vehicle identification sheet (Fiche d'identification du véhicule) + declare the loss of the carte grise at a police station (they will give you a receipt). With those documents, you will be able to sell the car or get a new carte grise with your name on it. We can help with all those things, call or email us.

  • peter HUDSON dit


    • Eplaque dit

      It will take a few weeks, at least 6. Calculating the full cost is not possible like this, we need more info. Contact us by email so we can exchange comfortably about the matter.

  • Simone Leevey dit

    We have a uk vehicle in France and need your assistance to register this vehicle in France

    • Eplaque dit

      Sure, call us or send us an email.

  • D Gillan dit

    J'ai besoin d'aide! J'ai acheté un véhicule en février et j'ai récemment réalisé que je n'avais jamais terminé la configuration du véhicule à mon nom ! J'ai tous les documents et je sais que je n'avais que trente jours pour m'inscrire. merci de m'indiquer la marche à suivre pour résoudre ce problème.

    • Eplaque dit

      Vous devez mettre la carte grise à votre nom en effectuant une demande de changement de titulaire. Plus d'infos sur https://www.eplaque.fr/carte-grise/changement-titulaire.html

  • Peter Flower dit

    I am interested in purchasing an English caravan for use in Spain. Both the seller and I are French residents but the caravan has never been registered here and is still on English plates. It has no certificate of conformity (and presumably no other documentation either). Is there a way to get it a registration in France that will allow me to tow it from its current location (in France) to Spain where it will remain? A single journey through France is all that is required. I look forward to your reply Kind regards Peter

    • Eplaque dit

      You can register it. The problem being that since it comes from the UK, it has to get customs clearance + if no COC, you'll have to do an individual vehicle approval (called RTI in France).

  • Michael dit

    I would like to buy a car from France and drive it to another European country. Can you issue temporary plates for this purpose

    • Eplaque dit

      No, because the procedure is that the car keeps its current plates. The owner will give you the "carte grise barrée", (crossed registration certificate), however please note that some countries doesn't allow such cars to drive on their roads. You have to check with the embassy or consulate.

  • Joseph Whelan dit

    Hi, I hope you can help me. The French Embassy in Dublin referred me to you. I purchased a Velo-Solex Moped Reg. No. xx-xxx-xx at Auction in Dublin with no paperwork. Can you obtain details of this bike for me to enable me register it in Ireland. I look forward to hearing from you and also include a note of your charges, Regards, Joseph Whelan xxxxx-xxxxxxxxx

    • Eplaque dit

      We are a private registration company in France. We cannot provide you with this type of information. You should contact the local dedicated service. PS: For confidentiality and security reasons, we have modified your original message.

  • Lisa dit

    Hi I’m trying to order a provisional Ww for a vehicle! But when I go through the process France connect will not let me proceed

    • Eplaque dit

      You can use our service for your request. Telephone: 01 84 80 28 27 Email: contact@eplaque.fr

  • Licul Ilario dit

    I plan to buy used car in USA and bring it to France and register it there. I own property in St. James, Normandy. Can I do that ?

    • Eplaque dit

      Yes, you can do that.

  • Paul Goulding dit

    Good Morning, I have a UK motor bike and a car that have just expired their Uk MOT. Both are with me in France. I would prefer to keep them then sell them in the uk. Please can we discuss the costs involved in registering both in france. Both arrived last year in October before Brexit. I have now received my french residency card, I pay tax in france and I own a property in france. I hope you can help. Thank you

    • Eplaque dit

      We invite you to contact our customer service and ask them your questions. Phone : 01 84 80 28 27 (free service) Email : contact@eplaque.fr

  • Phil Nelson dit

    Will UK citizens be legally able to own French registered vehicles after this year? I have read from 2022 this wont be allowed. Obviously i dont want to spend money on registering a vehicle if , as a UK passport holder, I wont be able to legally own a french registered car after December 2021.

    • Eplaque dit

      Please could you specify your source? Car ownership rights in France are not based on nationality, but residency, driving license ownership (from any country), etc. If you live in France, you have the right to own a car, the opposite would be discriminatory. It's hard to believe such rule would be implemented.

  • Edward Bachmann dit

    Is it feasible to import a US 2007 Honda VLX 600 motorcycle and get a Carte Grise in France?

    • Eplaque dit

      Vehicles that are not certified in Europe must go through a specific procedure (RTI) before being registered. Most of them can get approved, such motorbike doesn't seem like anything special, but we don't have the technical knowledge to guarantee your model would go through.

  • Mme Sarkozi dit

    Nous avons uneJaguar, 19 ans. On voudrait la laisser en France et changer la plaque d’immatriculation. La voiture est enregistree en Angleterre. Pouvez vous nous aider? Merci a l’avance. Mrs Sarkozi

    • Eplaque dit

      Oui, nous offrons un service d'immatriculation pour les véhicules importés. Si la langue ne pose pas problème, ce qui semble être le cas, vous pouvez faire la démarche via cette page : https://www.eplaque.fr/carte-grise/immatriculation-d-un-vehicule-etranger-avec-ww.html . Pour le faire en anglais, contactez-nous par email.