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Do you have to have an identity card?

Verified 16 September 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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

Moreover, for most steps, one must prove one's identity. 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)
  • Travel abroad

Please note

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