This guidance for UK licences also applies to licences from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
You cannot renew or replace your UK licence if you are resident overseas.
If you live in France and need an International Driving Permit (IDP), in addition to your UK licence to drive in another country, apply for one with the Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés (ANTS).
More information on how to apply is on the Interior Ministry website (in French).
For information on driving in France, read the guidance on:
If you are visiting France, and have a valid UK licence, you do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Check when your licence was first issued. If you have a photocard licence, check the earliest driving entitlement date on the back of your licence to see when it was first issued. All paper licences that did not come with a plastic photocard were issued before 1 January 2021.
If your UK driving licence was first issued before 1 January 2021
Your UK licence is recognised in France for as long as it is valid. Check the expiry date on the front of your plastic photocard licence. If you have not been issued with a plastic photocard, you can continue to use your paper licence for as long as it is valid. Paper licences are usually valid until you are 70 years old.
If your UK licence has expired, or has less than 6 months’ validity remaining, you must exchange it for a French licence. You do not need to take a driving test. When your application is accepted you will receive your ‘attestation de dépôt sécurisée’. You can use this document to drive in France until you receive your new licence.
You can only exchange your licence if it is due to expire within 6 months. If you do not have a valid reason to request an exchange, your application will be rejected.
If you need to exchange your UK licence, apply online with the Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés (ANTS).
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