Driving licence in France

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Permis de conduire en France
French driving license 2013.png
Driving licence in France
Issued by  France
Type of document Driving licence
Purpose Identification

In France, the driving licence (French: Permis de conduire) is a governmental right given to those who request a licence for any of the categories they desire. It is required for every type of motorized vehicle. The minimum age to obtain a driving licence is: sixteen years for a motorcycle, eighteen years for a car, and twenty-one years for buses and cargo vehicles.

Since 2013, the French driving licence format was changed from that of a pink booklet to a credit card-sized card.

Obtaining a driver's licence[edit]

The French driving licence can be obtained after finishing a driving school and passing a two-stage test, the theory test and road test.

Graduated driver licensing[edit]

Disk on the rear of the car for vehicle with a learner.
Disk on the shop of driving school for learner's driving

In France, exists a Graduated driver licensing for people between the age of 15 and 17 and half, for B Driving licence. Some restriction exist; one of the main condition is that a fully agreed licensed must accompany the learner.

This Graduated driver licensing is valid only within France, so it's not possible to cross their border with the Graduated driver licensing.

With 18, the learner's permit can apply to a normal driving license, that it can pass more easily due to its previous experience; additionally, its probation license is reduced from three to two years.

For people over 18, a system similar to the Graduated driver licensing exists, but rules are slightly different, for instance it does not provide the reduction from three to two years for the probation licence[1].

Disk A (magnétic).

Furthermore, any person who initially gets a driving license, for the first one, has to mind following restrictions for two or three years[2] known as permis probatoire. The permis probatoire starting with specific issue:

  • Speed is reduced for new drivers: 110 km/h instead of 130 on motorways, 100 km/h instead of 110, and 80 instead of 90 on rural roads[3].
  • The symbol A should appear on the rear of the car
  • The permis probatoire has only six points, and the driver access to 12 points when he pas it three year term[4]
When général case apprentissage anticipé case
Driving licence passed 6 6
After one year +2 → 8 (if no point loss) +3 → 9 (if no point loss)
After two years +2 → 10 (if no point loss) +3 → 12 (if no point loss)
After three years +2 → 12 (if no point loss)

Some training to road traffic safety might help to recover points.

Gallery of historic images[edit]


Delivered driving licence: men vs women Since 1965 to 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F21012
  2. ^ https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F2390
  3. ^ https://www.permisapoints.fr/permis-a-points/permis-probatoire/
  4. ^ https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F2390

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