Registering Trailers and Caravans in France

Registering a caravan or trailer in France

PTAC of more than 500 kg

If your caravan or trailer (including if it is a farm trailer) has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (un poids total autorisé en charge (PTAC)) greater than 500 kg, you must have a carte grise for it to be authorized to circulate.

The steps are identical to those provided for a particular car or a used car, depending on whether you buy it new or not.

The caravan or trailer must then bear a license plate showing the registration number on its carte grise.

The regional identifier may be different from that of the towing vehicle.

In case of a control by the police, you must provide:

  • the registration certificates of the 2 vehicles,
  • the insurance certificates of the 2 vehicles,
  • the Controle Technique of the vehicle towing the trailer if it is not exempt from CT.

A trailer with a gross vehicle weight of less than or equal to 500 kg does not have its own registration, but it must have a license plate identical to that of the vehicle towing it.

The cost of the carte grise of a caravan or trailer is 1.5 times the amount of the tax on the CV in your department.

You must also add the management fee and the registration fee to your home address.

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PTAC less than or equal to 500 kg

If the permissible gross vehicle weight (GVWR) is less than or equal to 500 kg, the caravan or trailer does not need a clean certificate.

However, it must have a license plate, identical to that of the vehicle that tows it.

A homemade trailer weighing less than 500 kg PTAC must be homologated to be used. For approval, you must contact the DREAL local to you:

Direction régionale de l'environnement, de l'aménagement et du logement (Dreal)  nouvelle fenêtre  (In French)

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