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How do I find a certified translator?

Verified 13 octobre 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

You are in France

In order to make certain representations, it is necessary to attach the French translation of a document written in a foreign language.

For example, to exchange a foreign driver's license for a French driver's license.

The translation must be done by a certified translator.

You can consult the list of authorized translators on the website of the Court of Cassation:

Licensed translators and interpreters registered with the Court of Appeal

Court of Cassation

- Search the Court of Appeal for you and consult the relevant list (in pdf format)

- See Interpreting - Translation..

Interpreters and translators are classified according to the language used.

You can also consult the website of the consulate in France of the country where the document was made:

  Please note : certain documents issued by a the European Union do not need to be legalized and a multilingual form can be attached to avoid having to translate them. Review e-justice site for more information. You can also view the summary table of rules by country [application/pdf - 583.2 KB] to check which rule applies to your document.

You're abroad

In order to make certain representations, it is necessary to attach the French translation of a document written in a foreign language.

For example, to exchange a foreign driver's license for a French driver's license.

The translation must be done by a certified translator.

You can consult the list of authorized translators on the website of your consulate.

The translator's signature must be legalized by the consulate.

  Please note : certain documents issued by a the European Union do not need to be legalized and a multilingual form can be attached to avoid having to translate them. Review e-justice site for more information. You can also view the summary table of rules by country [application/pdf - 583.2 KB] to check which rule applies to your document.