When you buy a car you need a « carte grise ». It's the official certificate you must own (and pay for !).
(You also need an insurance. It's COMPULSORY in France.)
This picutre shows a "carte grise" but from April the 15th 2009, if you buy a new car (véhicule neuf) you will a receive a "carte
grise"... orange ! This new carte grise is also called "SIV" or nouveau "système d'immatriculation des
Do I need a « carte grise » if I already have a car and take it with me ?
Yes, as soon as you legally live in France, you need a « carte grise ».
Where and how can I get a « carte grise » ?
You should guess ! « à la préfecture » of course !
Check at the town house of your city (if you're far away from a préfecture) if they can give you all the forms and send them.
Who needs a “carte grise” ?
The owner of a car. If you're a couple, the “carte grise” can be registered with both names.
When do I have to do this ?
As soon as you buy your car (within 1 month).
When you get a new car, you get a “certificat d'immatriculation provisoire de véhicule”. You can drive with your car during 1 month with this certificate.
If you buy a second-hand car, you can also drive one month with the old “carte grise”.
If my carte grise is stolen
If I lose my carte grise
How can I change the "plaques d'immatriculation" ?
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