Car travel documentation

Making sure you have the correct car travel documentation is so important, whether you’re travelling to France by car or motorbike.

During a roadside check by police or gendarmerie, you must present the following vehicle documents in physical form (the electronic version is not accepted).

  • Driver’s license (card)
  • Vehicle registration document (a photocopy for a rental vehicle)
  • Insurance certificate

Failure to provide these can result in a fine of up to €150 for just one document, so double check you have these before departing.

Note: these rules apply to private vehicles

example vehicle documents

Official French website link here for more information on car travel documentation:…/vosdroits/F2794…

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