Registering a new pod in France by Go-Pod owner Al White.
This information is subject to change but is current as of February 2020. This is based on my recent experience so may be different for others. However I have been told that this is is what to expect.
French law requires anything towed over 500kgs to be registered. This means that it has to have it's own 'Carte Grise' (log-book) and individual registration plate. The Go-Pod falls into this category.
To register you need to be resident in France. Application is only possible via the internet and the site is only in French. You can do the online application yourself or pay an agent (usually a garage) to do this for you. Fees vary but are approximately 30 Euros plus the cost of the 'carte grise'. Mine was 68 Euros.
To do the registration yourself you first have to be registered on the ANTS site - Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés - ants.gouv.fr This site is the National Agency for Secure Documents.
Personally I find the ANTS site difficult to navigate and it often 'crashes', so getting the garage to do it is a good option and worth every euro!
* Certificate of Conformity - supplied when you purchase your Go-Pod.
* Go-Pod insurance.
* Original receipt in your name - supplied when you purchase your Go-Pod.
* Proof of address in France - Power/phone/internet bill.
* Driving licence (UK one still accepted).
* Passport or identity card.
* Social security number from Tax office is useful.
They may not require all in the above list, but these are the documents I was asked to provide. Copies are made, so you do not have to post or part with originals.
Once submitted it can take 4 - 6 weeks to get the provisional registration, (Certicificate Provisoire d'Immatriculation), which legally allows you to take your Go-Pod on the road. The actual 'carte grise' may take another 4 weeks to arrive.
Hopefully this will help anyone living in France who is thinking of buying a Go-pod.
Al White also kindly offers viewings of his Go-Pod to people who are interested in buying one.
You can find his approximate location on the viewings map and contact him to request an appointment on [email protected]
Al has a 2020 Deluxe model Go-Pod.