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Re: [canadian-6] Exchanging Driver's License

From: Robert
Sent on: Friday, July 3, 2009 3:12 PM
It is much easier from Ontario than BC and many other provinces.  My wife and I had to do the Auto-Ecole thing (although abbreviated), write the code and do a road test.  We now have to wear the "A" for three years as well.  This despite the fact that each of us have driven for 41 years and 20 years in France each Summer, Christmas and Spring.  If you have to use the "A" for three years because your driver's license says 2008, you might be able to get a letter from Ontario stating how long you have actually had a license.  This is a cronic Canadian problem with our licences.  The licenses in France do not expire.  I guess the French don't see it as a cash cow.  Also each Canadian province has different rules.  My understanding is that if you are from Ontario, Newfoundland and Quebec have reciprocities with France and you simply exchange you licenses.  If you move from France to BC you have to do the written test, take a road test and then wear an "N" for two years.   I do have to say, however, that taking the code at least, if not doing a road test or taking a few lessons is well worth it.  There are many technical rules here that we either don't have in Canada or have but nobody uses.  For example Priority to the right.  The fact that in Paris you give to those entering roundabouts where as in the country you usually give to the people in the roundabout is also important especially if you are driving between the country and Paris which we do quite often.  Good Luck!

Robert Jacques
8 Castle Gardens
Hastings, East Sussex

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From: Adrienne <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, July 3,[masked]:35:43 PM
Subject: [canadian-6] Exchanging Driver's License

Exchanging Driver's License Did anyone exchanged their CA driver���s license for a French one? I just did with my Ontario license and the prefecture gave me a 3-year ���periodes probatoires��� despite my 15 years of driving, only because my ON license says ���valid from Feb 2008��� since my last renewal. Does anyone know if I show documents of driving history from Canada would get me a regular French license without being in probation?
Many thanks!!

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