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  • 23rd November 2021 at 5:09 pm #563639

    Hi All. Anyone had the experience of changing their soon to expire french driving license for a new one?  Just had a very brief glance at the dreaded ANTS site and can’t actually see any reference to this particular procedure at all.



    23rd November 2021 at 5:14 pm #563640

    There’s a special site on Facebook for …..exchanging your British licence

    But I notice yours is renewing a French one….no idea about that .

    good luck

    23rd November 2021 at 5:20 pm #563642

    I’ve just created a new thread that could interest you.

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    23rd November 2021 at 6:05 pm #563644

    Thanks Babeth..I will have a look at that.

    23rd November 2021 at 6:52 pm #563647

    I renewed mine just a couple of months ago. I had been dreading it but, in the event, it was actually quite painless and remarkably efficient with my new licence delivered by recorded delivery in just 15 days. The most difficult bit was creating an ANTS account …… they didn’t connect me to the bit to create a password and wouldn’t let me start again because they already had my email address. I just pressed password forgotten and they emailed me a temporary one which let me in so I could create a new one.

    You need to be prepared in advance …….

    Get your photos done at a photo booth that has the facility to do Permis de Conduire. Choose that option and it will do your pics as normal and then, before printing, will indicate how to do the signature (on the ridiculously small screen that is not only vertical but is also far too close to be able to write properly with a ‘stylus’ on a short string! fortunately you can have more than one attempt :wacko: ). It will send a code to ANTS for them to retrieve your pic and it will also print out your pics. I believe it is best to wait a couple of days for ANTS to be able to retrieve them. You will also need to scan the front AND back of your current driving licence ready to upload. If you have heavy good categories you will need to have the appropriate medical/certificate. If you have heavy goods categories but only want a permis B you can tick ‘no medical’ and, at the end, upload a letter (which you have printed, signed in pen and scanned) to say that you no longer want the ‘groupes poids’.

    If I remember correctly, when you sign into the site it does not say ‘renew’ a driving licence you use the ‘demande un Permis de Conduire. It takes you through step by step, you cannot progress to the next page if you have not completed the current one but it will save it and you can come back to it.

    Hope this is helpful!


    23rd November 2021 at 6:55 pm #563648

    PS . I think you also need a scan of some proof of ID (passport) ready to upload but this is a bit hazy in my memory.

    23rd November 2021 at 8:53 pm #563655

    Much easier when all this was done at the Prefecture,still,they call it progress. :unsure:

    24th November 2021 at 9:34 am #563659

    Many thanks Bandit’s Mum.  I had hoped that I could use my own digital photos taken at home, as we have done in the past for the original licenses and even passport renewal. It sounds like the photo booth experience will not be a pleasant one, as well as being in a small confined space. Also have no idea where to find a photo booth that offers that service you describe. Will try the nearest Carrefour.

    24th November 2021 at 9:37 am #563660

    Agree with Topcat. This inane drive to force everyone online for absolutely everything is not only scary from a harvesting info. point of view, but it is very stressful for us  of a certain age.

    24th November 2021 at 10:20 am #563663

    I think most of the supermarket photo booths now comply. I did my photos at a Leclerc …… it is quite clear on the outside of the booth if they do ‘official’ photos. It is definitely a bit of a farcical process when it comes to the signature part. Forgot to say that, on the print of your photos there is a code which you input at the relevant point on your application and this is how they identify your pic.

    24th November 2021 at 10:25 am #563664

    Also, I’m glad I created my ANTS account a few days before I did my actual application  as it gave me time to calm down after going round in circles because of the password problem. Fingers crossed you will not have the same problem.

    24th November 2021 at 10:43 am #563665

    Sorry to still be in thicko mode!  Is opening an account the very first thing to do, even before getting the photos done?

    24th November 2021 at 10:56 am #563666

    Don’t apologise ….. I was dreading it because I have a fear of all things official in case I do something wrong so put it off as long as I dared. You can set up your account as soon as you like. I did that first, then got my photos done and scans ready on my computer, then tackled the actual application.


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