move from a member state of the European Union to France and want to bring
You live in France and want to buy a new
car in another EU member state and register it in France?
Under French law, you have 15 days to take
the necessary steps for its registration at the administration in charge
(“Préfecture”). The Prefecture will issue a registration
certificate (“carte grise”).
You need the following documents (originals):
form “demande d’immatriculation” which is also
available at the Prefecture.
of conformity (“certificat de conformité”) if the
first registration of your car was after 1997. This certificate is normally
delivered by the trader of the car. If you have not received it, you
can turn directly to the manufacturer in the State where you have bought
If your car is older, you need all official documents concerning the
car (especially your former certificate of registration). A specific,
time and money consuming registration procedure will be applied. Please
contact the Prefecture for more information.
Your identity card.
A proof that you purchased the car (i.e. a sales bill ) (“certificat
de vente”, “ facture d’achat”).
If your car is new, you also need an official
certificate stating that you paid the VAT in France (“quitus fiscal”)
which is issued by the taxing authority of your permanent residence in
France ( “Centre des Impôts”).
If the car you want to register is a used
car, you further need
An official certificate declaring that the car was unregistered in the
country you come from ( “attestation de levée des sceaux”).
An official certificate stating that you paid the VAT in your country
which is issued by the taxing authority in charge (“quitus fiscal”)
(to do in the country you are leaving).
A certificate of road-worthiness (in GB: MOT) valuable for at least
6 month for a car exceeding the age of 4 years ( “contrôle
Be aware though that specific car types
may not be listed in France (camping cars, imported cars from other continents
etc). Their registration might therefore cause some problems. You will
then need an “attestation d’identification” in addition
to the documents listed above. In this case, please contact us for more
information. If you want to buy any of these specific car types, we strongly
recommend to inform yourself beforehand if a registration is possible.
For further information please contact:
European Consumer Centres France