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Requesting a French vehicle registration document: Essential things to know !

The legal steps to receive your car registration certificate
The registration certificate for a vehicle in France, formerly known as the "carte grise", is an official document that identifies a vehicle. Every owner of a motor vehicle, whether it’s a moped, car, trailer or truck, must necessarily possess it in order to legally circulate on public roads. Here are the essential things you need to know about the formalities for obtaining a car registration document.

Why do I have to apply for a car registration document?
Several situations require you to apply for a vehicle registration document. When you buy a new vehicle, you have to apply for a new registration. The same goes if you’ve moved, or in the case of a lost or stolen registration document. These steps will allow you to update your information.

The request for a vehicle registration document must be made to a vehicle registration service within a maximum of 30 days from the date of purchase of a new vehicle, your change of address, or the loss or theft of your vehicle registration document. It should be specified that in the event of a vehicle sale, the former owner must declare the transfer within 15 days. The registration formalities are all the more important as they are compulsory and you risk paying a fine of up to 750 Euros if they are not carried out on time.

Car registration procedures: what is it all about?
To apply for a car registration document, you previously had to go to the prefecture. However, since the closure of the prefecture's registration services, as part of the Plan Préfectures Nouvelle Génération (PPNG), all procedures for new registrations, changes of ownership and other procedures must be carried out online.

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