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If you are moving to France and plan on keeping your right hand drive car, French law states that you must have it immatriculated within the first six months of your arrival. You are about to discover the joys of French bureaucracy.

Your car may be driven in France duty and tax free for up to six months. Duty is not payable on a used vehicle imported for personal use, provided that VAT has been paid in the EU country where it was bought and it has belonged to the registered owner for over six months or 6,000km prior to entry into France.

Customs Duty will be payable if the owner sells the car within two years after entry into France.

For a new vehicle bought in another EU member state, the TVA must be paid in France unless the French Fiscal Services are provided with the original receipt stating that VAT has been paid and you have proof of a valid foreign registration of the vehicle. The process can be far more complicated for classic, collectable or modified vehicles. Your local Préfecture will advise you.

The immatriculation is a vehicle's registration and is known as the "Carte Grise".

To register a foreign vehicle in France and receive the Carte Grise it must conform to French road standards. The process will vary depending on make, age and country of origin.

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