Buy France Driving License, Driving licences To legally drive a car in France, you’ll need a driver’s licence issued by the government of your province or territory. You must have it with you whenever you’re driving. With it, you can drive anywhere in France.
If you have a valid licence from your home country, you’ll probably be able to use this to drive in France for a short time after you arrive. Check with the government of your province or territory for details.
If you plan to use a foreign driver’s licence in France, you should get an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your home country.
An IDP will give you a translation of your licence into French and English.
The process to get a driver’s licence in France depends on the province or territory where you live and on your driving background. It may include:
a written exam on the rules of the road (you can get a study guide to help with this)
one or two driving tests
You may choose to pay for driving lessons to get ready for the driving tests. Search online for lessons.
Once you have a licence, you will have to renew it every so often. The expiry date will be printed on your licence.
See the transportation department in your province or territory to find out more about driver’s licences, exams and driving lessons.
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