Hello, everyone – I’ve combed through a number of posts and resources elsewhere, still not 100% clear on this. I plan to be in FR with my spouse (she on a long-stay student visa, long-stay tourist for me) for no more than 12 months beginning Aug. We both currently hold California licenses (aware CA is not on reciprocity list). If I’m understanding correctly, for our purposes:
- CA DLs are valid for up to 1 yr, then must apply for French DL only if we have plans to stay longer (likely not).
- Must be accompanied by notarized translations.
- Must show evidence of type of visa (i.e. passport)
Today I received guidance that obtaining an IDP from AAA is all that’s necessary, adding to the uncertainty.
Is this accurate? And, do we need to enroll in auto-insurance prior/during separate from general travel coverage?