Legalization or Apostille of a French Document for a Foreign Authority

Verified 03 September 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Legalization and Apostille: Rule changes in 2025

Published on 3 February 2023

The decree no. 2021-1205 of september 17, 2021 amends the rules for issuing the legalization and apostille of a public document drawn up by the French authorities.

The new rules will apply from 1er January 2025.

The information contained on this page remains current and will be modified on that date.

Do you need to have a French document authenticated for an application abroad? For example, a birth certificate for the conclusion of a marriage or a certificate of absence of a criminal record for the purpose of obtaining employment? In the European Union, some public documents are accepted without authentication formalities. For other documents or if the document is intended for another country, there are three possibilities: legalization, apostille, or waive formalities.

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