🚗 Do tourists need a license to drive a car in France?

In France, tourists do not need a separate license to drive a car. Visitors can use their valid driver's license from their home country to drive in France. However, it is important to note that the driver's license should be in a readable language, preferably in English or French.

🚓 Driver rules in France

Here are the driver rules in France:

  • Speed limitations: In built-up areas, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h (31 mph), though some roads may have lower limits posted. On rural roads, the speed limit is 80 km/h (50 mph) unless otherwise indicated. On highways, the speed limit is typically 130 km/h (81 mph) unless otherwise indicated.
  • Mobile phone use: It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving in France, even when stopped at traffic lights or in traffic jams. Hands-free devices are allowed, as long as they do not hinder the driver's attention or cause distraction.
  • Drunk driving: The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in France is 0.5 g/L for regular drivers. For novice drivers (those who have held a driving license for less than 3 years) and drivers of large vehicles (e.g., buses), the limit is stricter at 0.2 g/L.
  • Insurance: It is mandatory to have at least third-party liability insurance in France. This insurance covers damages caused to others in case of an accident. It is strongly recommended to have comprehensive insurance coverage to protect against theft, vandalism, and other damages.
  • Age limitations: The minimum age to obtain a driving license in France is 18 years for cars (Category B). However, teenagers can start learning to drive at the age of 16 and obtain a restricted license (Category AAC) that allows them to drive under certain conditions.