Changement de Domicile

I’ve spent the past 5 days trying to figure out how/when/where to change my address for all the official things. I’m still not finished.

There is a free site that allows you to change your address for a lot of organizations, such as CAF, Pôle emploi, CPAM, EDF, Centre des Impôts, etc.  You can also do réexpédition du courrier through La Poste at the same time (starts at 23 € for 6 months.)  www.changement-adresse.gouv.fr

However, you still need to change your address on your carte de séjour within 8 days of moving and on your carte grise within one month of moving. I know you can be fined if you don’t change the carte grise, but I’m not sure what happens with regards to the CDS. And like I said in my previous post, if you move within the same département, they simply put a sticker on your current CDS; but if you change départements, you have to re-apply for a whole new CDS. Luckily, changing your address on your driver’s license, national ID or passport (if you’re French for the last two) are not actually required by law.

I’ve also got to change my address with my mutuelle and MGEN since I’m not affiliated with CPAM, which fortunately I can do through e-mail. But for my bank it’s a little more complicated. I actually have to go to my agence in Annecy with a justificatif de domicile – can’t do it online, of course. I could just change my agence to one here in Chambéry, but then that would require sending out new RIBs to all the places that do automatic prélèvements and that seems like too much of a hassle.

Then once I get my new carte grise with a new license plate number, I can update my car insurance info with the new address too. For anyone else moving to a new département or buying a used car in 2009, do it after October 15 or you’ll still be stuck with the old license plate.  Only new cars get the new license plate so far. It was originally supposed to take effect on June 15, which would have been perfect timing for me, but then they decided to push the date back. Oh well, it’s possible we’ll be moving again in summer 2010 anyway…

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  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com/ Cathy

    you are the queen of knowledge when it comes to paperwork in france!

    ps, istanbul looks amazing… i’ve always wanted to go there thanks to the Constantinople song, but now i want to go even more!

    Cathys last blog post..dried fruit necklaces

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com Cathy

    you are the queen of knowledge when it comes to paperwork in france!

    ps, istanbul looks amazing… i’ve always wanted to go there thanks to the Constantinople song, but now i want to go even more!

    Cathys last blog post..dried fruit necklaces

  • http://boeingbleudemer.blogspot.com/ Cynthia

    Aww, you’re going to make me change my mind about buying a new appartment, getting the CDS is so complicated it makes me want to become French so I don’t have to deal with it.

    Anyways good luck with all of that.

    Cynthias last blog post..Les Stiques-mou de Paris

  • http://boeingbleudemer.blogspot.com/ Cynthia

    Aww, you’re going to make me change my mind about buying a new appartment, getting the CDS is so complicated it makes me want to become French so I don’t have to deal with it.

    Anyways good luck with all of that.

    Cynthias last blog post..Les Stiques-mou de Paris

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Thanks for that website! just changed my address!

    Do you know what happens say if I’m just moving in with a friend and wont be on her apartment contract? In terms of getting a justificatif de domicile?

    Good luck with the paperwork :)

    Kims last blog post..snow closes my old home town

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Thanks for that website! just changed my address!

    Do you know what happens say if I’m just moving in with a friend and wont be on her apartment contract? In terms of getting a justificatif de domicile?

    Good luck with the paperwork :)

    Kims last blog post..snow closes my old home town

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    I would love to have French citizenship as well. Dealing with the prefecture every year and only being treated as a “temporary” resident does not make me feel welcome sometimes.

    Kim, you’ll just need Erica to write a letter stating that you live with her, and then get a copy of her ID and a justificatif de domicile that’s in her name. Those 3 things together will serve as your justificatif.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    I would love to have French citizenship as well. Dealing with the prefecture every year and only being treated as a “temporary” resident does not make me feel welcome sometimes.

    Kim, you’ll just need Erica to write a letter stating that you live with her, and then get a copy of her ID and a justificatif de domicile that’s in her name. Those 3 things together will serve as your justificatif.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    You know more than I do!

    I heard the new plaques d’immatriculation weren’t accepted by the French. Some people apparently miss their département number. It sounds so silly!

    Zhus last blog post..Nightmarish Bureaucracy

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    You know more than I do!

    I heard the new plaques d’immatriculation weren’t accepted by the French. Some people apparently miss their département number. It sounds so silly!

    Zhus last blog post..Nightmarish Bureaucracy

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Zhu: Hah, yeah that’s true. people made such a fuss over the departements not being on the new plaques, that they decided to let it be optional. So after the official numbers/letters, there’s a little blue box at the end for the dept. # or something else (I forget what else you can put on there). The new plates do look very strange though! I keep thinking they’re foreign plates too.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Zhu: Hah, yeah that’s true. people made such a fuss over the departements not being on the new plaques, that they decided to let it be optional. So after the official numbers/letters, there’s a little blue box at the end for the dept. # or something else (I forget what else you can put on there). The new plates do look very strange though! I keep thinking they’re foreign plates too.

  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com/ L

    We used the government website to change our address with mixed results. Not all the places it said would be notified were indeed notified. Maybe it’s better now than a year ago? And when I went to change my CDS it was definitely more than 8 days after we’d moved. They didn’t ask for any proof of when I’d moved, just proof of residence, id photos (and something else? I forget now). If you can’t waste half a day at the prefecture between now and next week, they’re not going to know it’s been more than 8 days.

    Ls last blog post..End of one chapter

  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com L

    We used the government website to change our address with mixed results. Not all the places it said would be notified were indeed notified. Maybe it’s better now than a year ago? And when I went to change my CDS it was definitely more than 8 days after we’d moved. They didn’t ask for any proof of when I’d moved, just proof of residence, id photos (and something else? I forget now). If you can’t waste half a day at the prefecture between now and next week, they’re not going to know it’s been more than 8 days.

    Ls last blog post..End of one chapter

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