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.)

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…

Carte de Séjour Vie Privée et Familiale: Chambéry Version

Even though I just renewed my CDS at the end of March in Annecy, since we moved to a new département, I had to apply for a whole new card instead of simply changing my address on it. The last time I moved, I stayed within the same département, so they just put a sticker […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.


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