Registering a UK car post Brexit

Quick query for a friend …I have an idea that post 31 dec, additional charges are involved. I know I have seen a thread somewhere but I can’t find it. Anyone have any info please? Thanks!

excuse the long answer…

  1. Start the Re-registration process within one month of arriving. When
    you move to France as resident you are subject to the requirement to
    re-register your UK car in France. You may know longstanding
    residents who have not done so. Equally, if you are non-resident in
    France you may not register a car in France. In both cases, you should
    not be dissuaded from following the rules yourself
  2. If you are a new arrival in France you will not be able to complete the
    re-registration process yourself, as it requires an ANTS account. (link available on sisters of merci fb but not allowed here) Obtaining the required
    information to open a new ANTS account is not possible for new
    residents within the one month deadline, so you will at some point
    require the services of a “re-registration professional. A list of professionals is available on the
    FB Group Registering Vehicles in France (RVIF).
  3. The requirement is that your MOT must be not more than 6 months old
    when you re-register your car. If your MOT is older than this you might
    consider having a UK MOT done just before you leave the UK BUT once
    the car is re-registered in France you will immediately become subject
    to the requirement to have a French Contrôle Technique (though this is
    vigorously debated in RVIF). You may prefer to have a CT done as
    soon as you arrive in France. If you have it done in France there are two things to be
    aware of:
    a. If you have a single rear foglight you will probably need to have
    it moved / rewired to the other (passenger) side of the car.
    b. Beam deflectors ARE allowed. You do not need to replace the
    headlights unless you really want to. You are advised to find a
    local English speakers FB group and seek recommendations for
    CT stations that have passed cars under these rules. If your CT
    inspector fails your car for this reason, then this is the section of
    the CT handbook referencing that cars with beam deflectors are
    acceptable
    Before you leave the UK
    Make sure you have your V5C (log book) for your car. You will need it for
    the reregistration process and for your CT if you choose to have one done
    prior to reregistration.
    DVLA will issue replacements (£25). The link below invites you to apply online, but you may
    also call 0300 790 6802
    Request the Certificate of Conformity for your car. If it is a newer car the
    relevant information may already be on the V5 but feedback indicates it’s
    easier to just get one anyway. Request direct from the
    manufacturer.
    Obtain Car Insurance. It is extremely likely that however generous the
    terms for driving in Europe as a tourist, your insurer will cancel your
    cover immediately you are resident. Not all insurers allow this but its possible to engage an English speaking independent broker. You must make sure they are happy to insure your UK
    plated car and what conditions apply to the reregistration - for example
    have a “provisional” insurance which lasts for 80 days, after which time you
    will have to provide evidence that my re-registration application is in
    process for insurance to continue).
    Create car insurance quote – Fab French Insurance
    On arrival in France
    Make an appointment for your Contrôle Technique if you need one. Find a UK resident living locally who can
    recommend a testing station that understands the beam deflector rules –

Arrange the Quitus Fiscal. This is simply the document that assesses the
VAT status of the car you are importing. If your car is less than 6 months
old different rules apply – see RVIF for information. No money should be
payable at this stage unless the form calculates a TVA is due.
There is an online form to complete

It is considerably easier to complete the form online:
Section 1 : Surname, first name. UK mobile number without
the 0 and is accepted. Email and address, as per the evidence of
address you are submitting.
Section 2 : The “identification of the seller” Complete your own name
and address, on the grounds that it is you transferring the vehicle to
France, rather than it being a sale of a vehicle.
Section 3 : details of the car, taken from the V5c, including current
kilometre reading. Date of first registration as per V5c and date of
“livraison” is the date you have “delivered” the car to France. The age of
the vehicle is then automatically calculated in days.
NB There is a difference of opinion over the meaning of “date de la
livraison” and whether this means when the car was delivered to you (ie
when it was first sold to you) or when the car was delivered (ie imported)
to France. Given that the word livraison is also used in the box where we
are talking about current odometer reading then that “date de la
livraison” must also mean delivery to France. if you have purchased a new car and livraison means “when
you got the car” you would input the date of “1re mise en circulation”
and “date de la livraison” as the same, making the car appear brand new,
however old it is and regardless of how many kilometres you declare from
the current odometer reading. This in the online form renders you liable
to VAT, which is incorrect
Section 4 : show the price of the car, and convert to euros. If your car is
over 6 months old the form should calculated the TVA à payer” as 0. If
you are simply saving the form to PDF and emailing it there is no
requirement to sign the form, or print sign and resave.
When the form is completed you save it as a PDF file and then send that
file with the other requested attachments to your local tax office by email.
The additional attachments are:
Evidence of address (recent utility bill, attestation
d’hebergement, rental contract etc – if you are using an
attestation d’hebergement you will need to submit, as part of
that document, the evidence of identity for your host/landlord
and a recent utility bill linking their name to the property address
– unless their evidence of identity is one with that property
address on it)
Evidence of your identity (copy passport – the picture AND facing
page)
V5C (copy of front page with name & address and details page)
Purchase invoice – if it was a private sale RVIF provides
information on preparing a suitable document to evidence the
price paid for the vehicle

  1. Vous êtes [particulier]
  2. Votre demande concerne [votre dossier fiscal(domicile en France)]
  3. Au sujet de [Autres (dont quitus etc)]
  4. Plus precisément [Quitus fiscal (vehicule acheté à l’étranger)]
    Then choose your Department from the dropdown box and complete your
    full address, and you will receive the location of the office, opening hours
    and the email to which you should send the form and attachments.
    Most comments indicate that the document (cerfa 1993) is returned by
    email.
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Has that been amended post Brexit? There is now customs duty, and stricter TVA criteria

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Thank you Amanda!

Two comments…if the car is less than four years old from new you need not get a CT until it reaches that age.
My friend got three insurance quotes which requires that the car meet and would pass a CT…which included meeting light standards. He tried four CT stations and each one said that beam deflects were not acceptable even when vigorously challenged so none would confirm that the car met CT light standards…and this was backed up by three separate insurance agents.
So expensive replacement of lights or no insurance.
(Luckily my car has factory fitted light adjusters from rhd to lhd here, but it took a second visit to get the ticket).

There is no customs duty payable on chattels/cars/trailers for residents moving to France that have been in your possession for longer than six months. As your document states. Your cars trailers etc should have a certificate of conformity and entered onto your Inventory. When you go through customs they will issue you with a form 846A which is for you to register your vehicles with a standard registration plate.

Just to update a bit - a UK MOT is no longer accepted for registration as the UK is no longer an EU member state & likewise a Quitus Fiscal will not be issued for UK vehicles that have arrived after Brexit so you have to notify Douanes, preferably on entry.

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Post 1 Jan 2021, I think there are two changes:

  1. You need to supply a form 846A to determine how much VAT/duty (if any) needs to be paid. Whether or not it’s due friends on factors such as the age of the vehicle and its type/purpose. Obtaining said form involves filling in two forms and sending them to your local office. They then issue the form.

  2. It used to be that a UK MOT pass certificate less than 6 months old would be accepted in place of a new CT. This no longer applies.

There may be others, but these are the only changes I’ve discovered so far during my current immatriculation.