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Old 10th July 2020, 01:56 PM
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I received email from the online service that I was missing a required document. They are asking for an avis medical. I understood that this was not a required form for an ordinary permit - which is what I am exchanging. Am I wrong?

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They didn't ask me to supply any medical documents when I applied directly to exchange my UK licence early last year. Some unkind souls may regard me as "elderly", so age doesn't seem to be a factor.

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I received email from the online service that I was missing a required document. They are asking for an avis medical. I understood that this was not a required form for an ordinary permit - which is what I am exchanging. Am I wrong?
sorry I meant to reply the other day. From my understanding the medical is only if you have a HG or similar licence, not just for a regular one.

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Perhaps there is some misunderstanding in the processing (it has been known to happen). For a regular B category license I've never heard of anyone needing an avis medical. Unless something in your dossier refers to a medical issue (like epilepsy or some other chronic condition). Is there anything in your dossier that refers to another license category?

In getting back to them, it's probably best to phrase in the form of a question - what kind of medical avis? I wasn't aware one was required for a B1 (or whatever it is) license. They won't admit they "made a mistake" but they perhaps confused your file with someone else's.

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Thanks all. I think they have made an error in understanding the category of my GB issued permit. It was issued in 1984, it is pink paper, and states I am authorized to drive category A and E. In those days, long long ago, category A was an automobile. The category letters have since changed. In any event, that category is now a B. I suppose I should not be surprised that the reviewer was confused, although category A was never for a heavy goods vehicle.

The actual note on my application states:

Si vous souhaitez conserver vos catégories lourdes (famille des catégories C et D): veuillez faire parvenir un avis médical RÉCENT délivré par un médecin de votre département, agréé pour le contrôle médical de l’aptitude à la conduite (liste téléchargeable sur le site internet de votre préfecture). Si vous ne souhaitez pas les conserver, faire parvenir une attestation manuscrite, datée et signée, le précisant. Vous perdrez vos catégories lourdes et devrez repasser les examens pour les récupérer.

So, I wrote out by hand (in French) that I did not want family C & D permits, signed, photographed and submitted it. And then included a parenthetical noting that my GB permit does not authorize poid lourdes and that category A old GB equals contemporary category B.

I do hope this works. I’ll update in due course.
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sorry I meant to reply the other day. From my understanding the medical is only if you have a HG or similar licence, not just for a regular one.
When I swapped my (green paper) UK license last year I received an email telling me that if I wanted to continue driving HG vehicles I would have to fill out another form and get a doctor to sign a medical certificate. I replied that I no longer needed the HGV portion and that they should just issue me an ordinary license.

I have never had an HGV license.

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I had to do a medical because of certain categories on my licence.

If you just want an ordinary car driving licence that matches the French one then you don't need to do it.

Still have not received my French licence and my UK one expires in 2 weeks time

Driving in France is too dangerous now anyway. So not that fussed.

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Thanks all. I think they have made an error in understanding the category of my GB issued permit. It was issued in 1984, it is pink paper, and states I am authorized to drive category A and E. In those days, long long ago, category A was an automobile. The category letters have since changed. In any event, that category is now a B. I suppose I should not be surprised that the reviewer was confused, although category A was never for a heavy goods vehicle.

The actual note on my application states:

Si vous souhaitez conserver vos catégories lourdes (famille des catégories C et D): veuillez faire parvenir un avis médical RÉCENT délivré par un médecin de votre département, agréé pour le contrôle médical de l’aptitude à la conduite (liste téléchargeable sur le site internet de votre préfecture). Si vous ne souhaitez pas les conserver, faire parvenir une attestation manuscrite, datée et signée, le précisant. Vous perdrez vos catégories lourdes et devrez repasser les examens pour les récupérer.

So, I wrote out by hand (in French) that I did not want family C & D permits, signed, photographed and submitted it. And then included a parenthetical noting that my GB permit does not authorize poid lourdes and that category A old GB equals contemporary category B.

I do hope this works. I’ll update in due course.
I changed my licence last year (GB -> FR) and had the same experience. I think the category that causes the problem is D1, which is a passenger-carrying vehicle (a minibus). It is included on GB permits (subject to conditions) so licences allow it. In France you need a medical certificate to carry more than 9 passengers in a minibus Like you, I just replied to say I didn't want to drive this vehicle, and received my new FR licence soon afterwards.
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Yes many older drivers inherited "grandfather" rights to drive a PCV whereas new licence holders require a test and a medical At one point I was the only person able to drive the Black Maria at my station

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Thanks all. I think they have made an error in understanding the category of my GB issued permit. It was issued in 1984, it is pink paper, and states I am authorized to drive category A and E. In those days, long long ago, category A was an automobile. The category letters have since changed. In any event, that category is now a B. I suppose I should not be surprised that the reviewer was confused, although category A was never for a heavy goods vehicle ....................................
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Actually, in 1984, Group A included more than just a car, See:

https://www.gov.uk/old-driving-licence-categories
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