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Re: Exchange UK driving licence

<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>Claire37 wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">Do you need to get a notaire to fill in the legal bit at the bottom or can anyone you know complete it ? Just don’t want to send ot off and face more delays for incorrect completion.</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

The section at the end is only signed by somebody who is applying on behalf of a minor.
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Re: Exchange UK driving licence

Good news at last; my wife's new licence arrived today, just over 10 months since she sent off her application.
Mine was posted at the same time and I'm still waiting.  I am 70 in the summer and anticipate receiving my licence shortly before my birthday; hope I'm not being naively optimistic!
Thanks to all posters for their help and shared experiences.

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Don't give up hope but don't hold your breath either...!
When we exchanged my wife's licence about 18 months ago, it was easy..straight to the pref. When I decided to do mine, I quickly read (too quickly!) the latest notes on the govt website and understood exchanges now had to go to the address in Nantes. Stupidly, instead of sending, as requested, just a photocopy of my licence with the application, I did the same as when we applied for my wife's and sent the actual licence - it was only afterwards I understood how the whole process was now working. Fortunately, I have been able to print out a copy of my UK licence from the GOVUK website and that has enabled me to rent cars in the UK etc. I presume it would also get me past any Gendarme checks although that hasn't been tested yet. Here's the bad news...I sent my licence to Nantes in June of last year. This morning, seven months later, I received a paper attestation which runs to September of this year.
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Good news at last!  Having sent off my application in March 2018, I have just received my attestation and have sent off my UK licence.  I'm now modestly optimistic that I may receive my French licence before my UK one expires in a few weeks time!
14/15 months for some paperwork that would take a fonctionnaire about 5 minutes seems less than efficient.
Don't give up if you're still waiting.

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Big Smile [:D]

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My French licence arrived today, a mere 16 months after sending off the application.  I was 70 in May and hoped it would arrive before my birthday but, better late than never!
Be patient if you're still waiting.

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It's amazing how things have changed since "modernisation" Sad [:(]

It took us almost an hour at the Prefecture to exchange our UK licences in 2007.


On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!
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Yes, I do so now wish I'd changed it earlier, but as there was no need (and I quite liked my old, tatty, paper licence!)  Currently in the nothing heard still situation, though I sent it a year before it expires, thinking that surely will be sufficiet, but that was befoer the problems at Nantes had been widely publicised.  And only 3 months now before I can not longer legally drive. 

I think I need a little miracle, if anyone up there is listening, please!

Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!
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I sent my license of at the beginning of August 2018 and received my French licence last week {first week of October 2019]
So there is life in Nantes, just a very slow form of it!
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