Payment

General principles

  • The payment of your fixed fine is a valid acknowledgement of the offence and can, where applicable, entail the deduction of one or more points from your driving licence.
  • The issuance of an increased fixed fine can entail the deduction of one or more points from your driving licence according to the reported offence.
  • The Fichier National des Permis de Conduire (F.N.P.C.) service will notify you by letter of the number of points deducted and the number of points remaining on your driving licence.

The 3 types of fine

Fixed fine


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Infringements of the traffic and parking regulations are the most common. In the majority of cases these cases are punished by a fixed fine.

The fixed fine allows you to avoid criminal prosecution by paying a fixed fine.

The fixed fine applies to nearly all offences in the first 4 classes.

The different fine amounts:

  • €11 or €17 for a 1st class offence.
  • €35 for a 2nd class offence.
  • €68 for a 3rd class offence.
  • €135 for a 4th class offence.

Reduced fixed fine


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The amount of the fixed fine is reduced if you pay it within the 15 days following the date appearing on the offence notice.

The different fine amounts:

  • €22 instead of €35 for a 2nd class offence;
  • €45 instead of €68 for a 3rd class offence;
  • €90 instead of €135 for a 4th class offence.

Good to know:

You are not entitled to a reduced fixed fine for a 1st class offence. Its fixed amount is of €11 or €17 according to the nature of the offence.

You will be granted an additional period of 15 days if you choose to pay the reduced fixed fine either by bank card (over the Internet or by voice server), or by remote stamp available from the counters of the General Public Finances Directorate (DGFiP) or « electronic fine payment » approved newsagents.
 

Increased fixed fine


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You will receive an increased fixed fine (AFM) if:

  • you have not designated another driver;
  • you have not contested against the offence within the permitted time limit;
  • you have not pay the fixed fine or you have not paid it in full;
  • you have not observed the payment time limit of 45 days (this time limit is extended to 60 days if you choose to pay either by bank card over the Internet or by voice server, or by remote stamp available from the counters of the General Public Finances Directorate (DGFiP) or "electronic fine payment" approved newsagents.
  • you have paid the reduced amount after the permitted 15-day time limit (this time limit is extended to 30 days if you choose to pay either by bank card over the Internet or by voice server, or by remote stamp available from the counters of the General Public Finances Directorate (DGFiP) or "electronic fine payment" approved newsagents;
  • you have appealed against the offence but your request has been rejected.

What do I do if I receive an AFM?

If you acknowledge the offence, you must pay the increased fixed fine.
The sum to be paid can be reduced by 20% if you pay within the 30 days following the despatch date of the notice. This period is extended to 45 days if you choose to pay over the Internet or by telephone.
For you to be entitled to this, this sum reduced by 20% must appear on your increased fixed fine notice. Beyond this 30-day period, extended to 45 days if you choose to pay over the Internet or by telephone, you must pay the amount of the increased fixed fine.

 

The 3 types of fine

Fixed fine


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Reduced fixed fine


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Increased fixed fine


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Infringements of the traffic and parking regulations are the most common. In the majority of cases these cases are punished by a fixed fine.

The fixed fine allows you to avoid criminal prosecution by paying a fixed fine.

The fixed fine applies to nearly all offences in the first 4 classes.

The different fine amounts:

  • €11 or €17 for a 1st class offence.
  • €35 for a 2nd class offence.
  • €68 for a 3rd class offence.
  • €135 for a 4th class offence.

The amount of the fixed fine is reduced if you pay it within the 15 days following the date appearing on the offence notice.

The different fine amounts:

  • €22 instead of €35 for a 2nd class offence;
  • €45 instead of €68 for a 3rd class offence;
  • €90 instead of €135 for a 4th class offence.

Good to know:

You are not entitled to a reduced fixed fine for a 1st class offence. Its fixed amount is of €11 or €17 according to the nature of the offence.

You will be granted an additional period of 15 days if you choose to pay the reduced fixed fine either by bank card (over the Internet or by voice server), or by remote stamp available from the counters of the General Public Finances Directorate (DGFiP) or « electronic fine payment » approved newsagents.
 

You will receive an increased fixed fine (AFM) if:

  • you have not designated another driver;
  • you have not contested against the offence within the permitted time limit;
  • you have not pay the fixed fine or you have not paid it in full;
  • you have not observed the payment time limit of 45 days (this time limit is extended to 60 days if you choose to pay either by bank card over the Internet or by voice server, or by remote stamp available from the counters of the General Public Finances Directorate (DGFiP) or "electronic fine payment" approved newsagents.
  • you have paid the reduced amount after the permitted 15-day time limit (this time limit is extended to 30 days if you choose to pay either by bank card over the Internet or by voice server, or by remote stamp available from the counters of the General Public Finances Directorate (DGFiP) or "electronic fine payment" approved newsagents;
  • you have appealed against the offence but your request has been rejected.

What do I do if I receive an AFM?

If you acknowledge the offence, you must pay the increased fixed fine.
The sum to be paid can be reduced by 20% if you pay within the 30 days following the despatch date of the notice. This period is extended to 45 days if you choose to pay over the Internet or by telephone.
For you to be entitled to this, this sum reduced by 20% must appear on your increased fixed fine notice. Beyond this 30-day period, extended to 45 days if you choose to pay over the Internet or by telephone, you must pay the amount of the increased fixed fine.

 

Payment channels and methods

 

 *The fine payment stamp and the remote fine payment stamp can be settled at the newsagents by debit or credit card, cheque or cash.

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