It’s a well-known fact that getting your driving licence in France can prove to be very expensive. However, since 15 March you can now finance your category B driving licence (preparations for the theoretical test of the highway code and the practical test of the driving license) using funds from your personal training account (compte personnel de formation) – CPF. The CPF (formerly DIF) is a personal training account held by any employee, trainee, apprentice or job applicant throughout their career until retirement.
The CPF, which is measured in hours, can be used by any employee throughout their working life to undergo training. These training courses include things like getting a qualification, or gaining foundation knowledge and skills, or to validate acquired experience (VAE) or for a skills assessment, or even to create or take over a business. The number of hours you are entitled to is usually included on your payslip, but can also be checked online.
To quality to use CPF for a driving licence, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are applying for the licence in order to obtain work and you must not be have a driving suspension already.
This scheme can be cumulated with other schemes, in particular, for young people the “permit at one euro per day”.
If you are looking for an English-speaking instructor who can help you get your French driving licence, see our Business Directory, and if you want to know how to get a driving licence, and where to apply, see our page on French Driving licences.
More information on the scheme is available on Legifrance.