Register a motorhome in France with our legal structure. Non-residents & international buyers can legally register, own and insure their motorhome with the help of France Motorhome Sales.
As a non-resident without an address in France, it is simply not possible to take ownership of a motorhome or campervan you may wish to purchase. Even if you agree a sale with a dealer, the “carte grise” registration document requires proof of a French address to change the title owner.
Although non-residents cannot purchase a motorhome directly, they are permitted to set up a legal structure called a société civile. This legal entity has a specific, non-commercial activity attached to it, in this case owning and driving a motorhome.
In partnership with our accountant, this société civile is created in your name with a domicile address they provide and manage here in France. At the completion, you are provided with documentation (KBIS) that you can use to complete the carte grise registration and take full ownership of your preferred motorhome.
This process takes around 4 weeks but can be longer. We recommend starting the process as early in the trip planning as possible to avoid delays. You will be asked to produce scanned and physically mailed signed copies of the documentation.
*20/02/2023 update: Longer delays are currently to be expected due to a consolidation of the government agency who processes all these types of applications. As with France generally, there is little information on specific time-scales so the advice remains to start the process as early as possible and factor this delay into your trip planning.
The setup fee is 1900€. This includes all the legal document creation and registration with the French state. If you need a service to make international bank transfers and currency conversions we recommend Wise.com.
The only running cost is the domicile address assigned to the société civile and mail handling which is 60€ per year from the second year.
Once you are done with your trip you have the option to sell your legal structure if desired, keep it active for your next vehicle purchase or close it down and deregister.
Read our full guide which explains the entire process of buying and registering a motorhome in France. We will support you at each step along the way from preparing your documents to completing the vehicle purchase. We are only a phone call or email away.
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