Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Government of Canada


  1. Home
  2. >
  3. For Canadians
  4. >
  5. Living/Travelling in France

Assistance to Canadians

Drivers with Licences from Other Provinces and Territories

Drivers with licences other than from Alberta, Manitoba, New-Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island or Quebec are permitted to drive cars with Canadian licences for three months.

However Canadians from theses provinces or territories wishing to extend their stay have a 3 month period to apply for a French licence by registering for the theoretical and practical French driving examinations. To do so, please, visit the French Government`s website, and click on the heading «qui peut passer le permis B / vous êtes étranger » :

Drivers who obtained their licence less than 3 years ago must abide by more restrictive speed limits:110 kph on highways, 80 kph on most other roads and the legally tolerated maximum amount of alcohol is 0.2 g/l of blood. (or 0,10 mg/l of air).
For a 3 year probationary period you hold only 6 points on your driving licence. During the probationary period, every year, am additional 2 points are added to your licence that is if you do not commit any offences leading to a loss of points.
Drivers who have held a licence for at least 3 years must abide by regular speed limits:130 kph on highways, 80 kph on most other roads and the legally tolerated maximum amount of alcohol is  0.5 g/l of blood. (or 0,25 mg/l of air).
Your licence holds 12 points that you lose if you commit offences to the French highway code.

The various driver’s licences are as follows: Licence B Automobile, Licence A Motorcycle (all kinds), Licence AL Light motorcycle (125 cm3), Licence AT Motorized tricycle or quadricycle, Licence A or B for vehicles driven by persons with disabilities, Licence C Heavy vehicle, Licence D Public transport and Licence E Trailer. Remember that your licence has 12 points you can lose for offences. For further information, contact the prefecture of your department.

French law obliges vehicle owners to have a liability insurance certificate (third-party damages) at all times. A sticker certifying coverage, provided by the insurer, is to be placed on the windshield. Canadian travellers must have international insurance certificates.

You can also consult the heading "Papiers du véhicule et permis de conduire" (Available in French only) on the French Service Public web site and the section Conduire en France avec un permis non européen (Available in French only).


Date Modified: