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Driving in France

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Minimum age for front seat passengers : 10 years.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 10 years.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) for two-wheeled vehicles all year round.

Studded tires under certain restrictions from mid- November to end of March .

Maximum Speed Limit for a Vehicle with Studded Tyres (kph) : 90.

"studded tires" sign compulsory on rear window.


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket compulsory.

mandatory alcohol test (2 recommended).

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 90 kph.

On dual carriageways : 110 kph.

On motorways : 130 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Automobile Club de France

6 Place de la Concorde

75008 - PARIS


Fédération Francaise des Automobiles Clubs et Usagers de la route

76 avenue Marceau

75008 - PARIS


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