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ID of an adult: first request

Verified 20 May 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Interior

France

To apply for a national identity card, you must travel with the necessary supporting documents.

The documents to be presented depend on your situation and in particular the possession of a recent passport.

The place of application does not depend on the domicile: you can surrender in any town hall, provided that it is equipped with a recording station.

The list of equipped town halls is available online:

Your presence is essential to take fingerprints.

Warning  

many town halls require that the file be filed only by appointment. You should consult the website of the town hall.

You can prepare the gait by doing a online pre-application, but it is not an obligation.

Pre-application saves you time when you file.

Pre-application for a 1st identity card application

You must then go to the town hall with the supporting documents.

Documents must be presented original.

You have a valid passport
  • Your passport
  • If you made a pre-application: Pre-application number and/or QR code obtained at the end of the process (it is recommended to print the pre-application summary)
You have an expired passport

Expiration Date: less than 5 years

  • Your passport
  • If you made a pre-application: Pre-application number and/or QR code obtained at the end of the process (it is recommended to print the pre-application summary)

Expiration Date: + 5 years

  • If you made a pre-application: Pre-application number and/or QR code obtained at the end of the process (it is recommended to print the pre-application summary)
You don't have a passport
  • If you made a pre-application: Pre-application number and/or QR code obtained at the end of the process (it is recommended to print the pre-application summary)

FYI  

to use a usage name that is not yet on an identity document, other documents must be provided depending on the nature of the 2nd name: name of spouse or name of other parent.

It's free

The identity card is not manufactured on site and therefore cannot be issued immediately.

The manufacturing lead time depends on the location and time of application. For example, as summer holidays approach, delays can increase significantly.

Warning  

if the town hall only receives an appointment, the deadline for obtaining this appointment must also be taken into account.

You can follow your request on theCHILDREN: titleContent :

Follow your ID request

If you provided a mobile phone number when you requested it, you will receive an SMS when the card is available.

You must remove the card personally at the place of filing.

It must be withdrawn within 3 months. After this period, it will be destroyed.

Old card model (blue laminated)

Identity card is valid for 15 years.

New Template (Credit Card Format)

Identity card is valid for 10 years.

To foreigner

To apply for a national identity card, you must go to the embassy or consulate with the necessary documents. The documents to be presented depend on your situation and in particular the possession of a recent passport.

You have to go to the consulate or the embassy.

Your presence is essential to take fingerprints.

Warning  

the service may require that the file be filed by appointment only.

If you wish to withdraw the identity card from a honorary consul , it must be indicated at the box office at the time of filing.

Documents must be presented original.

You have a valid passport
  • Your passport
You have an expired passport

Expiration Date: less than 5 years

  • Your passport

Expiry date greater than 5 years

You don't have a passport

FYI  

to use a usage name that is not yet on an identity document, other documents must be provided depending on the nature of the 2nd name: name of spouse or name of other parent.

Free

The identity card is not manufactured on site and is therefore not issued immediately.

Manufacturing lead times depend on the location and time of application.

You can follow your request on theCHILDREN: titleContent :

Track your ID request

If you provided a mobile phone number during the request, you will receive an SMS when the ID card is available.

The applicant must pick up his or her card at the place of filing or from a honorary consul .

It must be withdrawn within 3 months. After this period, the new card is destroyed.

Old card model (blue laminated)

Identity card is valid for 15 years.

New Template (Credit Card Format)

Identity card is valid for 10 years.