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Do you have to have an identity card?

Verified 17 March 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

No, no text requires you to request an identity card. However, if you are subject to a identity check, the procedure will be longer if you cannot present ID.

In addition, for most procedures, proof of identity must be provided. If you don't have an ID, you might have trouble.

Examples include:

  • Examination or competition
  • Pôle emploi Registration
  • Registration and voting in elections
  • Banking (cheque payment, checkout at your bank)
  • Foreigner trip...

Please note

the identity card, like the passport, allows you to prove your identity but also your french nationality.