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Vehicle registration document

05/07/24

A vehicle registration certificate (carte grise) allows the vehicle to be driven and identifies it, comprising:

  • The registration number
  • The identity of the vehicle owner
  • The vehicle's characteristics
  • Its compliance (technical inspections, etc.),
  • The date of first registration

A vehicle needs this secure document in order to be driven and maintained. It may be requested during a police stop or customs check.

Although it is issued in the name of the vehicle owner, it is not a title deed.

The new vehicle registration document, formerly called a carte grise and known as a "registration certificate", is valid for as long as the registrant uses the vehicle, unless a change requires a new document to be issued: sale or transfer of the vehicle, moving house, change in marital status, etc.

 

This document has been updated. In particular, its colour is slightly orange. Some sections have been removed. The certificate number is now printed in bold on the front of the document. In addition, the new registration certificate includes new features designed to make it even more secure. It is printed directly by the Imprimerie Nationale and sent to the owner's home by post in a secure envelope ("lettre expert"). It is delivered with signature confirmation.

As long as your current situation does not change (selling the vehicle, marriage, divorce, moving house, etc.), you can keep your current vehicle registration document and your old number plates. If anything changes on your vehicle registration document, the vehicle will receive a new permanent registration number in the format ZZ-123-ZZ and a new vehicle registration certificate.

Any owner of a motor vehicle, trailer (with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 500 kilograms) or semi-trailer who wishes to put it on the road for the first time must get a registration certificate (formerly called a carte grise).

 

Co-registrants

 

In the case of multiple ownership, the vehicle registration certificate may be issued in the name of more than one natural and/or legal person, subject to providing appropriate supporting documents.

 

In the case of co-registrants, the information relating to each one is entered in the SIV. However, only the name and contact details of the main registrant appear in section C.1 of the registration certificate (formerly called a "carte grise"). Item c.4.1 indicates the number of registrants in the case of multiple ownership and the name of the first co-registrant.

Vehicle registration document

05/07/24


A vehicle registration certificate (carte grise) allows the vehicle to be driven and identifies it, comprising:

  • The registration number
  • The identity of the vehicle owner
  • The vehicle's characteristics
  • Its compliance (technical inspections, etc.),
  • The date of first registration

A vehicle needs this secure document in order to be driven and maintained. It may be requested during a police stop or customs check.

Although it is issued in the name of the vehicle owner, it is not a title deed.

The new vehicle registration document, formerly called a carte grise and known as a "registration certificate", is valid for as long as the registrant uses the vehicle, unless a change requires a new document to be issued: sale or transfer of the vehicle, moving house, change in marital status, etc.

 

This document has been updated. In particular, its colour is slightly orange. Some sections have been removed. The certificate number is now printed in bold on the front of the document. In addition, the new registration certificate includes new features designed to make it even more secure. It is printed directly by the Imprimerie Nationale and sent to the owner's home by post in a secure envelope ("lettre expert"). It is delivered with signature confirmation.

As long as your current situation does not change (selling the vehicle, marriage, divorce, moving house, etc.), you can keep your current vehicle registration document and your old number plates. If anything changes on your vehicle registration document, the vehicle will receive a new permanent registration number in the format ZZ-123-ZZ and a new vehicle registration certificate.

Any owner of a motor vehicle, trailer (with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 500 kilograms) or semi-trailer who wishes to put it on the road for the first time must get a registration certificate (formerly called a carte grise).

 

Co-registrants

 

In the case of multiple ownership, the vehicle registration certificate may be issued in the name of more than one natural and/or legal person, subject to providing appropriate supporting documents.

 

In the case of co-registrants, the information relating to each one is entered in the SIV. However, only the name and contact details of the main registrant appear in section C.1 of the registration certificate (formerly called a "carte grise"). Item c.4.1 indicates the number of registrants in the case of multiple ownership and the name of the first co-registrant.

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