Non-Europeans to get access to French website for swapping driving licences

Non-Europeans to get access to French website for swapping driving licences
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Non-European citizens in France will be able to go online to exchange their driving licence for a French one from August.

All non-European citizens living in France must exchange their driving license for a French one in order to legally drive in France. They may legally drive with their old license for one year after they achieved so-called résidence normale.

Until now, the exchange process could only be done on paper, but from August 4th the process is moving online.

The exact address of the web portal has not been published yet, but authorities say it will be updated on the official website (here) when it goes live.

“You will be regularly informed by SMS or email of the progress of the processing of your request,” to the French government states on its website.

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The new procedure will not change any of the rules on exchanging driving licences, it simply makes the procedure digital.
It also mirrors the online portal that French authorities have set up to allow British residents in France to swap their licences for French ones – in an attempt to clear the backlog of applications.

The website was praised by users for its simplicity.
However, UK citizens living in France only need to exchange their driving licences for a French one under certain circumstances.
All foreign non-European students in France may however drive legally with their old driving licence for the duration of their studies.
British tourists and other non-residents can continue to use their UK licences in France after Brexit.

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