Let's be practical I thought, several times a year I'll have to pass through Lille, try to avoid Paris by taking the outer ring, the Francilienne, and sometimes visit Dijon. And several years ago I had the pleasure of going down-town Paris, to Gare du Nord, to pick-up a friend. Might be useful some day, you never know.
Good news #1: the special French government's website works as it should and to my surprise offers you the choise of four languages, including English
.You have to do some homework:
Applying for your certificate, option 'Vehicles Registered Abroad'
Date of first registration DD/MM/YYYY
Certificate issuing country
upload the registration certificate
Please take note: the picture of your license plate should be less than 400 kB, otherwise the system refuses any step further in the desired direction.
Good news #2: including postage it's only 4.80 euro.
Mixed news #3: it takes them up to 6 weeks to get the eco-sticker delivered. My return email from them (within two days) includes a nice pdf facture
with all the details and a convenient touch of practical insight: " le coupon ci-dessous peut être utilisé comme justificatif provisoire de classement du véhicule dans l'attente de la réception du Certificat qualité de l'air par courrier
". So with a print in your car you have nothing to fear but the lorries on the French autoroutes.