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The six month rule and other things to know about bringing a British car to France
Many people who move to France from the UK want to bring their car with them - but there are some rules you'll need to follow once you get here. Here's a look at what you need to know.
The 6-month rule
You are required to register your UK car in France if you intend to live here for more than six months - in any 12-month period.
Non-residents can keep their UK license plates for up to six months while French residents have just one month to get them changed.
In some cases, French residents can have up to three months to get their French plates if the car needs to be approved by the DRIRE (Regional Directorate for Industry, Research and the Environment).
Driving without a French licence plate is against the law if you are here long-term so even though you will see British people in France doing it, it is in fact illegal.
That means that if the car is involved in an accident it is possible that the insurer will refuse any claim if the vehicle is not carrying a French registration plate and has not been properly registered.
In order to get your carte grise - which shows that your car is registered in France - the French government advises you to follow these steps: