RE REGISTERING YOUR CAR
you have exported your car from your country of origin into France
and wish to put it on French number plates and get French car insurance
then you will need the following :
- Quitus Fiscale (déclaration
d’impôt). Available from your local tax office, this
is a document that proves to your local prefecture that VAT has
been paid on your vehicle when it was brought into the country.
If you do not have this then they could in theory charge tax you
on the car. If you are importing a car from outside the EU, duty
is payable at the point of entry and you will need a customs document
to again prove that any VAT or other applicable taxes have been
paid (Certificat de Douane 846A). You will need proof of your address
in France, such as an EDF bill, proof of your identity such as a
passport and your original sales receipt from where you bought the
car for the Quitus Fiscale. They can’t tax you twice and your
sales invoice will show that UK duty has been paid on your car.
- Proof of Identity. This is usually
a passport in the case of UK citizens who do not carry identity
cards as a matter of course. Photo driving licences also work.
- Proof of Address. An EDF bill dated
within three months is the best form of proof of address. Water
bills are also good or fixed telephone bills.
of Conformity. (certificat/attestation de conformité). This
basically says your car has not been altered and of original manufacturers’
construction. This is generally expected to be in French and it
usually costs money. You can try to obtain the certificate from
the UK manufacturer of your vehicle. It is usually the Homologation
Department whomever you approach and they may or may not charge
you. Please note the authorities in France may not accept the UK
document as it is not from the French branch of your manufacturer.
Contrôle Technique (CT report). This is the French equivalent
of the MOT, which is required for cars of four years and older.
You must have a CT that is dated within six months of re-registering
the car. To obtain a CT, you are often asked for a certificate of
conformity. This is not always the case. Check your UK reg document
and line K. If the type approval number starts: e*2001/, then you
may well be able to obtain your CT without a certificate of conformity
for the car. You will need to check this at your local CT Centre.
original car registration document. Please note that when they process
your Carte Grise (French car registration document) the authorities
at the prefecture will take your original UK or original car registration
document from the country of origin. My advice to you all is to
take a copy of this before you re-register your vehicle, just in