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Old 28th March 2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Sarah7 View Post
We've got a French registered car currently registered to our winter let property which we are due out of at the end of April.

Our plan is to undertake a bit of a 2 centre lifestyle in France: Winters in the mountains, summers on the West Coast.

But how does this work with registering the car? We're currently in Gironde (33) moving to Landes (40) and then onto Alps (73 or 74). Since we won't have an official residence, just the seasonal places we will be staying can we go to the local préfecture each time or because we won't have a 'fixed' address will this be difficult?

Your advice as always is welcomed.

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Sarah
When you move you will need to change the registration to the new address. If you don't have them already, you will get "for life" plates with a 'numero de immatriculation' - this is not noted with the department number any more so wherever you go you will keep this license plate.

It's not handled by the prefecture anymore but via this website:
Immatriculation vhicule - Le site officiel du ministre de l'Intrieur, de l'Outre-mer, des Collectivits Territoriales et de l'Immigration

If you will moving permanently each time you move then you will probably have to tell them (I did it by mail & email) and all they do is send a new sticker to affix to the Certificate d'immatriculation which has the new address on it. You have to prove your residency status (EDF bill etc) and identification (passport or something). If you have a permanent address and will be travelling around I believe you are OK without changing the registration. Don't forget to tell the insurance company.

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