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Elections: identity papers to present to vote

Verified 08 June 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

To vote, you must prove your identity. The documents to be presented differ depending on whether you vote in France or at the foreigner (consular post or embassy).

You vote in France

The documents to be presented depend on your nationality.

You are French

To prove your identity when voting, you can present one of the following documents:

  • National Identity Card (valid or expired for less than 5 years)
  • Passport (valid or expired for less than 5 years)
  • Valid parliamentary identity card with photograph issued by the Speaker of a Parliamentary Assembly
  • Valid local elected official identity card with photograph issued by the State representative
  • Vital map with photography
  • (valid) Veteran's card with photograph issued by the National Office of Veterans and War Victims
  • Disability card (valid) with photograph or mobility card (valid) with photograph
  • State official ID with photograph
  • Identity card with photograph or movement card (valid) with photograph, issued by military authorities
  • Driver's licence (valid)
  • Certificate valid for proof of identity (valid), issued in exchange for identity documents in case of judicial review
  • Hunting permit (valid) with photograph, issued by the National Wildlife and Hunting Board (ONCFS). The hunting licence issued by the National Biodiversity Office is not valid.

Warning  

you must present the original document. A photograph on the phone or a photocopy is not accepted.

In a municipality of less than 1,000 inhabitants, identification is not required. But in case of doubt, the president of the polling station can ask you to prove your identity by any means.

FYI  

the electoral map is not an identification document. She is not required to vote.

You are European

To prove your identity when voting (municipal and European elections only), you can submit one of the following documents:

  • Valid national identity card issued by the competent authority of the State of which you hold the nationality
  • Valid passport issued by the competent authority of the State of which you hold the nationality
  • Residence permit (valid)
  • Valid local elected official identity card with photograph issued by the State representative
  • Vital map with photography
  • (valid) Veteran's card with photograph issued by the National Office of Veterans and War Victims
  • Disability card (valid) with photograph or mobility card (valid) with photograph
  • State official ID with photograph
  • Military identity card or valid circulation card with photograph issued by the military authorities
  • Driver's licence (valid)
  • Hunting permit (valid) with photograph, issued by the National Wildlife and Hunting Board
  • Certificate valid for proof of identity (valid), issued in exchange for identity documents in case of judicial review

Warning  

you must present the original document. A photograph on the phone or a photocopy is not accepted.

In a municipality of less than 1,000 inhabitants, identification is not required. But in case of doubt, the president of the polling station can ask you to prove your identity by any means.

You vote in foreigner

To prove your identity when voting, you can present one of the following documents:

  • French National Identity Card (valid or expired)
  • French passport (valid or expired)
  • Official document (valid) issued by a French public administration with the name, first name, date and place of birth, photograph of the holder and identification of the administrative authority which issued the document, date and place of issue
  • Card issued when registering in the foreigner and consular registration card (all 2 valid)
  • Document (valid) issued by a Member State of European Union or the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland). The document shall include the name, first name, date and place of birth, photograph of the holder and identification of the administrative authority which issued the document, date and place of issue.

FYI  

the electoral map is not an identification document. She is not required to vote.