International Driving Licence

If you are carrying a licence issued outside the EU you should also carry an IDP. Find out more...

A valid French driver's licence is accepted as valid in all EU countries. Some countries request that a visitor carry an International Drivers Permit (IDP) (Permis international) also referred to as an International Drivers Licence (IDL) along with their valid national licence. Note: An international licence does not replace a driver's licence - it accompanies it and acts as an official certificate of validity of the national licence. It is an internationally recognised document. Holders of a French driver's permit may apply for an international one at their local Préfecture. Some Sous-Préfectures also issue International Diver's Permits (IDP). The following documents are required:
  • A colour copy of both sides of a alid French licence
  • Form cerfa n°14881*01
  • A colour copy of a valid photo ID (passport or Carte de Séjour)
  • 2 recent photographs
  • Proof of address (justificatif) such as a water or electricity bill
  • Detailed information from Service Public (in French)
  • The Europa website also has details on EU driving licenses