Registering a Classic Car in France

The whole system has changed recently and the following is based upon an actual classic car registration completed in early 2019 by Chris Park.

The steps to follow are outlined below and if you wish to contact me for further details please do not hesitate to do so by e-mail at the following address – parkie007@hotmail.com 

STEP 1

Visit your local Centre des Impôts – this will be the local tax office which deals with your personal tax affairs – and ask for a Quitus Fiscal. You will need to take the following documents with you:

  1. The original V5 registration document.
  2. Your passport.
  3. The original purchase invoice for when you acquired the vehicle (probably).
  4. Proof of your address in France – eg: a recent utility bill.
  5. Proof of residence in France – eg: a recent French tax demand.

STEP 2

Apply for an Attestation FFVE by visiting www.ffve.org and look for Demander votre attestation pour une voiture de collection.  Then download the form, complete it and send it to the FFVE in the post ensuring that you have enclosed all the documents required.  These are listed on the form itself. The fee is currently €60. Do not send original documents as copies are sufficient and they do not return anything to you!  You will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your file and you have to respond by clicking a link to verify your e-mail address.  Your attestation will be sent to you by email, but be careful to check it as they made a mistake on mine with an incorrect VIN!  Once I had e-mailed them to point this out they did correct it within 24 hours.  This part of the process takes about 2-4 months from your initial application being posted, provided you have sent everything they need.  If there is anything missing it will take even longer, so do take care.

STEP 3

Register on the website www.immatriculation.ants.gouv.fr and follow the instructions to immatriculate a classic car in France.  The steps are not that obvious and if you follow exactly what the FFVE tell you to do you will not succeed!  Once you have created your own account, you must use the button ‘S’identifier avec FranceConnect’ to prove who you are, or you will get nowhere.  Then I suggest you use common sense to navigate the website.  If you get stuck at this stage please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address given above.  Remember that if your vehicle was first registered before 1st January 1960 you do not need a CT in France, otherwise you will have to get a CT after step 2 above because you do have to send it to ANTS.  The whole process via the ANTS website is conducted online, so you will need access to a scanner to be able to send the appropriate documents.  Once your application has been processed you will have to pay cost of the carte grise, which in the case of my 1958 XK150 was €400-odd. This will vary according to the car and then you will receive the carte grise in the post..  GOOD LUCK!

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