At any time you may be asked to provide the following documents:
- A valid full (not provisional) driving licence;
- A vehicle registration document (V5c) - the original not a copy, called "carte grise" (grey card) in France
- A motor insurance certificate
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all passengers. Up to the age
of 10, children must be equipped with an EU-approved car seat adapted
to their age, morphology and weight.
Driving speeds are limited throughout the french road network.
The maximum authorized speed is indicated every time the speed limit
changes. In case of bad weather, the authorized limits are lowered.
exceeding the speed limit by less than 20 km/h (except in built-up
areas) is liable to a fine of €68 * .
exceeding the speed limit by between 20 km/h and 50
km/h exposes you
to a fine of €135 *.
for exceeding the speed limit at 50
km/h or more, the driver is subject
to a maximum fine of €1,500 and impounding or confiscation of the vehicle.
It is prohibited to hold, transport and use devices for warning the driver
of the location of speed cameras. Disobeying this provision is subject to a fine
Taking the wheel when inebriated has some important and immediate
consequences for your driving.
If you drive with a blood alcohol concentration ≥ 0.5 g/l
and < 0.8 g/l (or ≥ 0.25 mg/l and < 0.4 mg/l when breathing out), you may be
fined 130 €* and may receive a three-year ban on driving on french territory.
Those same sanctions apply in case of a blood alcohol concentration starting with
0.2 g/l (or 0.1 mg/l when breathing out) for inexperienced drivers, i.e, persons
who have held a license for only 3 years or less.
NB: this threshold may be exceeded as of the very first alcoholic drink.
If you drive with a blood alcohol concentration > 0.8 g/l (or ≥ 0.4 mg/l when
breathing out) or if you refuse to submit to an alcohol test, you may be fined
a maximum of 4,500 € and be prohibited from driving on french territory for three years.
You may not hold a telephone in your hand while driving.
In addition, the driver of a vehicle in traffic may not wear any item in his
ear that could emit sounds, except for electronic devices for combatting
deafness. In particular, this rules out earphones for telephoning or listening
Safety vest and triangleSANCTIONS:
If you use a hand-held telephone or the type of earphone
equipment described above while driving you may be fined €135
All vehicles must be equipped with a fluorescent, high-visibility safety vest
and a hazard warning triangle.