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 Post subject: French Driving Licence
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:39 am 
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Again! I know there are several old topics on this, but I cannot find the relevant answer to my question!

I have finally changed my old, sad, UK one for a French one. Mostly to use as an extra form of photo ID so I don't need to carry my passport all the time. I notice that it has been issued with my maiden name, with no mention of my married name. I guess this is normal?

Even after 14 years in France, I can't get my head round why some cards, associations, put you in your married name but others revert to maiden name.

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:01 am 
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Yes, Bayleaf, it's normal ! I imagine it's because your maiden name will never change. I haven't yet been questioned about the different name when presenting it for ID - perhaps the photo is good enough !


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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
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Did you remember to get your trailer entitlements carried over?

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:05 am 
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A very good point, J. Any 'E' categories must be accompanied by a doc's certificate - and it has to be one recognised by the prefecture. And the doc's certificate has to be renewed every 2 years. I've come across several people who've been caught out by this yet it's a simple (but paying !) procedure.


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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
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Yep. Still have trailer option, BE. Also kept small moto options, although on my UK licence it correctly said I acquired that on 26.5.82 and on the French one they've put the date as 19.1.13!!!! Way before I was even born!

I did ask about van driving but they said you need a medical for that. Our van is a petit camion, so I don't think it's classed as the same thing?

The photo is not my best one, it was particularly harsh but I look at it thinking that's how I see myself in 10 years time. :lol:

I did keep a copy of the UK one, partly for sentimental reasons and partly to keep a record of what I used to have. You never know when it might come in handy!

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:59 am 
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We changed ours a long time ago and both are allowed a van up to 7500 kg, a people carrier up to 17 places.
Over that is when I need a medical, being over 70.

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
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Yep. Still have trailer option, BE. Also kept small moto options, although on my UK licence it correctly said I acquired that on 26.5.82 and on the French one they've put the date as 19.1.13!!!! Way before I was even born!

I did ask about van driving but they said you need a medical for that. Our van is a petit camion, so I don't think it's classed as the same thing?

The photo is not my best one, it was particularly harsh but I look at it thinking that's how I see myself in 10 years time. :lol:

I did keep a copy of the UK one, partly for sentimental reasons and partly to keep a record of what I used to have. You never know when it might come in handy!


I think for the van they were talking about the C1 category - up to 7.5t as opposed to 3.5t. As you say, a little van won't be that much.

Looking at https://www.service-public.fr/particuli ... oits/F2845 it seems there is no longer a need for a medical for BE (see under Durée de validité).

I also see the French have a trailer limit of 3.5t whereas the UK one has a total train limit of 8.25t (not that it should affect you) - so not quite the same.

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Yes, Bayleaf, it's normal ! I imagine it's because your maiden name will never change. I haven't yet been questioned about the different name when presenting it for ID - perhaps the photo is good enough !


I keep a copy of my wedding certificate (thankfully French!) in with all my driving and bike documents.

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
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Good call. Although my name before marriage was different to my birth name as I adopted my step father's surname by change of name deed poll when I was fourteen. That would be quite a document to get translated! :lol:

I think our van is a 3.5tonne.

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
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You don't need to carry your marriage certificate when you're driving - the gendarmes can check French licences on their on-board machines !


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Aha, but I don't have a French licence, and my insurance company insist on insuring MY motorbikes under my husbands name even though they're my bikes.

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Ha ha - my husband's moto is insured in MY name !!! :lol:


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scooby wrote:
Aha, but I don't have a French licence, and my insurance company insist on insuring MY motorbikes under my husbands name even though they're my bikes.


But wasn't there something in the wedding vows about what is yours is his? :-)

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 Post subject: Re: French Driving Licence
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scooby wrote:
Aha, but I don't have a French licence, and my insurance company insist on insuring MY motorbikes under my husbands name even though they're my bikes.


But wasn't there something in the wedding vows about what is yours is his? :-)

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Absolutely.
And, do you know what? Even the biggest fastest bike in the world would be no fun to ride if he wasn't there riding Alongside me.

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