Find Out How Many Points Are Left on Your French Driving Licence
Not sure how many points you have left on your French driving licence (permis de conduire)? Here’s how to find out.
French Driving Licence: How Many Points Can You Have?
French driving licences are issued with 12 points (6 points for a probationary licence), but points can be deducted in the case of driving offences. For example, you may lose 3 points for a speeding fine or a single point for a minor infraction such as crossing a solid line. A full 6 points may be lost for more severe offences such as driving under the influence of alcohol or driving more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.
If you lose all 12 points you will lose your licence for a minimum of six months, so if you have committed multiple driving offences you may be at risk.
How To Find Out the Points on Your French Driving Licence
When you commit a driving offence in France, you will receive an ‘Avis de Contravention’ through the post – this notice will inform you not only of the fine (amende) you are required to pay, but also of the amount of points that will be deducted from your licence. The penalty notice below, for example, indicates that 1 point will be deducted from the licence.
Once you have paid the fine, a letter or email will also be sent out confirming the payment and the deduction of your points. It can take several weeks for your points to be deducted, so don’t expect it to show up straight away.
You can find out more in our article on Driving Penalties and Fines in France, but what about if you just want to know how many points you have lost from your licence?
The online service Télépoints allows you to check how many points are on your licence. The service can be accessed using your France Connect account (which you may already use to access your online tax and healthcare accounts), or using an NEPH file number (found on your driver’s licence) and your Telepoints confidential code (found on the letter sent out to you after you have paid your fine).
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