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What driving license is required for driving in France from UK? Is it paper, card or both? The site says:

You can use your Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland driving licence in all European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries

whereas the RAC page says:

A valid, full UK driving licence - both the photo card and paper counterpart

I would take both but I can only find my card license at the moment.

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Theoretically you need both, because the plastic one is not valid without the paper counterpart (at least this is written on the paper counterpart). Having said that, I would be really surprised if the French actually bothered to look at the paper one -- I haven't checked it myself though.

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Note that the UK has now abandoned the paper counterpart in favor of an online system. This answer was presumablly correct at time of writing but not anymore. – Peter Green May 20 at 13:42

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