A step by step guide on using the ANTS site to register your car
Once you have collected all the required documents to file your application for registering your vehicle bought within the European Union, you should register it via the ANTS system (AGENCE NATIONALE DES TITRES SÉCURISÉS) and create a France connect account. You will need either your login details for the tax website, the Améli website, the La Poste website, or your French mobile phone number.
Note that if you are not tax resident, don’t have a Carte Vitale (health insurance card), or a French mobile number, you may need to approach a garage or third party who can register the car for you, without a France connect account.
1. First, go to the ANTS website and log onto “Mon Espace” (“My Space”).
To complete your application, it is mandatory that you log on through your FranceConnect account, otherwise you will not have full access to the ANTS website.
What is FranceConnect?
FranceConnect is the solution offered by the French State to ensure a highly secure connection to online public services. You can log on using your “Améli”, “Impôts.Gouv”, “La Poste”, or “Mobile connect and moi” account, depending on your case.
Please note: If you do not have an account, you may create one on “Mobile connect et moi” if you are an Orange Mobile subscriber, or you can create your Digital Identity (IDN) on “La Poste”.
After clicking on the account you wish to use, simply log on with your user ID and password that are associated with this account.
That’s it! You are now identified on the ANTS (Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés) website, and you can file any application without restriction.
One last confirmation, and you are now logged on to your personal home page on the ANTS website!
2. What should you do next?
Now, go to “Mon espace Véhicule” (“My Vehicle Space”).
On the page that opens up now, complete your online registration process by selecting, under “Type de demande” (“Type of Application”), the option “Je souhaite faire une autre demande” (“I want to file another application”), and confirm this by clicking the “Ajouter une demande” (“Add an Application”) button.
Now, you can select the “Immatriculer pour la première fois un véhicule en France” (Register a vehicle in France for the first time) category.
Why can’t I use the “J’achète ou je reçois un véhicule d’occasion” (“I am buying or receiving a second-hand vehicle”) category?
This category only really applies to SIV format vehicles that are already registered in France; it will not let you finalise your application as you will not be able to fill out all the required fields correctly.
Now, you can select the “Immatriculation d’un véhicule d’occasion (acquis à l’étranger ou démuni d’une immatriculation au format SIV)” [“Registering a second-hand vehicle (acquired in another country or without a SIV format registration)”] sub-category.
What is the SIV and why is my vehicle without an SIV format registration?
The SIV is the Système d’Immatriculation des Véhicules (Vehicle Registration System) which was introduced in 2009. This system assigns a registration number, called an SIV number, in the AB-123-CD format to any vehicle registered in France.
This registration number is assigned either when a vehicle is registered for the first time, or when a registration certificate is redone for a vehicle that has an older registration of the “123 AB 01” type. Today, all vehicles keep their SIV number until they are destroyed, even if they change owners. This registration number will appear on the vehicle’s registration certificate and number plates.
Now, you can indicate in the “Je précise ma demande” (“Details of My Application”) field the purpose of your application so that the CERT can process your file more efficiently.
For example, “Hello, I would like to register my second-hand vehicle bought in Italy. Supporting documentation is attached. Thank you”
That’s it! Now, simply double-check the pre-filled information that has been imported from your personal account, complete any missing details, and upload the required supporting documents by clicking on the “Ajouter” (“Add”) button opposite each required supporting document.
Please note: Each supporting document must not exceed 1 Mb in size. If you do not know how to change the “weight” of your files, there are pdf file compressors available for free online. Using these online converters, you can “lighten” your files while preserving excellent image quality.
Each document must be saved as a separate file.
If your vehicle is more than 4 years old, a Technical Check Report will need to be manually added in the blank field available at the bottom of the required supporting documents; first, enter “Contrôle technique” (“Technical Check Report”) in the text field, then upload your Technical Check Report file.
Tip: Prepare each supporting document in pdf format with a size not exceeding 1 Mb in a dedicated folder, and name it accurately; this way, you will avoid picking the wrong file when uploading and you will not forget anything, as the file name will automatically display in the “Pièces jointes” (“Supporting Documents”) column. If you make a mistake, you can always delete an uploaded file and add the correct file.
That’s it! Now, simply confirm your application by clicking the “Démarrer la procédure” (“Start Procedure”) button.
This step allows you to double-check all the information you entered and the supporting documents you uploaded before.
In case you notice any errors, you can still go back to the previous step and make corrections.
If everything is correct, just check the “Terms and Conditions of Use” (“Conditions légales d’utilisation”) box and confirm your application.
4. Last step: Finalisation
That’s it, your application has been taken into account and a summary of it can be downloaded. You will also receive your application number in order to track its progress.
Now, simply wait until you receive an answer from the CERT (Centre d’Expertise et de Ressources Titres, or Expertise and Title Resource Centre).
5. Tracking my Application
You can check the progress of your application by logging onto the ANTS website and clicking the “Mon compte usager” (“My User Account”) link, or by following the emails you will receive once your application is processed by the CERT.
Once you receive the email message telling you that your application requires action from you, go to “Mon espace Véhicule” (“My Vehicle Space”) and access the “Mes demandes en cours” (“My Pending Applications”) table.
Here, select the “Reprise” (“Resume”) option in the “Actions” drop-down menu under your application, and confirm by clicking OK.
A new summary of your application will display, showing the total amount of taxes you need to pay as well as all your application details.
To confirm your application, you now need to accept the Terms and Conditions of Use; this will redirect you to the Centre d’Encaissement des Certificats d’Immatriculation (CECI, or Registration Certificates Collection Centre) where you can make your payment by credit card only.
Once your payment is confirmed, your credit card payment receipt displays and you can print it.
Last confirmation step: click on the “Cliquer ici pour enregistrer votre paiement” (“Click here to save your payment”) button.
6. Your registration process is almost complete!
In this last finalisation step, you can finally download and print your Certificat d’Immatriculation Provisoire (CPI, or Provisional Registration Certificate) which authorises you to use your vehicle while waiting for your final Certificat d’Immatriculation (CI, or Registration Certificate), as well as an updated summary of your application.
Important Note: The CPI (Provisional Registration Certificate) is valid for one month only. This document authorises you to drive on French territory only and shows, among other information, the vehicle’s registration number in SIV format, the holder’s identity, the vehicle’s characteristics, and the date of first registration.
The final Registration Certificate will be sent to your home address in a secure envelope within a period of time which may vary.
And always remember if you can’t do it, there are many garages in France or other professionals that can do it for you for a small fee.