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Marriage Act: request for full copy or extract

Verified 11 mars 2021 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

An act of marriage may give rise to the issuance of 3 different documents: full copy, extract with filiation and extract without filiation. The conditions of issue depend on the nature of the document you are requesting. Approaches to obtaining it vary according to the place of marriage.

Marriage in France

Full Copy

The complete copy shall reproduce in full the information contained in the marriage certificate entered in the civil register.

It includes information on each spouse (surname, first name, date and place of birth) and their parents (identity, occupation and domicile).

It shall include marginal mentions where they exist.

Filiation

The extract with filiation is a summary of the information contained in the marriage certificate entered in the civil register.

It includes information on each spouse (surname, first name, date and place of birth) and their parents (identity, occupation and domicile).

It shall include marginal mentions where they exist.

Unbound extract

The extract without parentage is a summary of the information contained in the marriage certificate entered in the civil register.

It includes information on each spouse (surname, first name, date and place of birth) and marginal mentions where they exist.

The possibility of obtaining a copy or extract of a marriage certificate depends on the type of document requested and the applicant.

Full Copy

You can get a full copy of a marriage certificate if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You're a husband
  • You are an ascendant (parent, grandparent) of the spouses
  • You are a descendant (child, grandchild) of the spouses
  • You are an authorised professional who can do this (lawyers, for example, on behalf of their client)

  Please note : the communicability of the public archives allows any person to request the reproduction of an act that is more than 75 years old (since the closing date of the register) or 25 years after the date of death of the person concerned by the act.

Filiation

You can get a certificate of marriage with filiation if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You're one of the spouses
  • You are an ascendant (parent, grandparent) of the spouses
  • You are a descendant (child, grandchild) of the spouses
  • You are an authorised professional who can do this (lawyers, for example, on behalf of their client)

  Please note : the communicability of the public archives allows any person to request the reproduction of an act that is more than 75 years old (since the closing date of the register) or 25 years after the date of death of the person concerned by the act.

Unbound extract

Anyone can obtain an extract of a marriage certificate without filiation, without having to justify their request.

Online

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On site

You must apply to the wedding hall.

For an application for a full copy or an extract with filiation, one must present an identity document and, possibly, a document proving his or her relationship with one of the spouses (family booklet or other civil status document).

No document is required for an unbound extract request.

Who shall I contact

By mail

You must apply to the wedding hall.

The request may be sent by post on free paper.

The information to be specified on the mail depends on the requested document:

Mail Information

Type of act requested

Mail Information

Full Copy

Date of marriage, surnames, first names of spouses + first names of their parents

Filiation

Date of marriage, surnames, first names of spouses + first names of their parents

Unbound extract

Date of marriage, surnames, first names of spouses

Who shall I contact

Free

If requested on site, it shall be issued immediately.

If requested by Internet or by mail, it is sent to the applicant's home within a few days. However, the delivery time may vary depending on the processing by the City Hall services and the delivery time of the mail.

Marriage to foreigner

Full Copy

The complete copy shall reproduce in full the information contained in the marriage certificate entered in the civil register.

It includes information on each spouse (surname, first name, date and place of birth) and their parents (identity, occupation and domicile).

It shall include marginal mentions where they exist.

Filiation

The extract with filiation is a summary of the information contained in the marriage certificate entered in the civil register.

It includes information on each spouse (surname, first name, date and place of birth) and their parents (identity, occupation and domicile).

It shall include marginal mentions where they exist.

Unbound extract

The extract without parentage is a summary of the information contained in the marriage certificate entered in the civil register.

It includes information on each spouse (surname, first name, date and place of birth) and marginal mentions where they exist.

The possibility of obtaining a copy or extract of a marriage certificate depends on the type of document requested and the applicant.

Full Copy

You can get a full copy of a marriage certificate if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You're a husband
  • You are an ascendant (parent, grandparent) of the spouses
  • You are a descendant (child, grandchild) of the spouses
  • You are an authorised professional who can do this (lawyers, for example, on behalf of their client)

  Please note : the communicability of the public archives allows any person to request the reproduction of an act that is more than 75 years old (since the closing date of the register) or 25 years after the date of death of the person concerned by the act.

Filiation

You can get a certificate of marriage with filiation if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You're one of the spouses
  • You are an ascendant (parent, grandparent) of the spouses
  • You are a descendant (child, grandchild) of the spouses
  • You are an authorised professional who can do this (lawyers, for example, on behalf of their client)

  Please note : the communicability of the public archives allows any person to request the reproduction of an act that is more than 75 years old (since the closing date of the register) or 25 years after the date of death of the person concerned by the act.

Unbound extract

Anyone can obtain an extract of a marriage certificate without filiation, without having to justify their request.

The marriage certificate must have been transcribed on the consulate's civil registration records.

Online

To apply online, you must create a Service-Public.fr account or connect with FranceConnect.

When the act is available, you will need to log in again: you can download it in PDF format on your personal space. You can also ask to receive it by mail.

The document shall include the electronic signature of a registrar.

By mail

You must apply to the Nantes Central Registry Office (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The application may be sent by post on free paper indicating the applicant's address.

The information to be provided on the mail depends on the requested document.

Mail Information

Type of act requested

Mail Information

Full Copy

Date of marriage, surnames, first names of spouses + first names of their parents

Filiation

Date of marriage, surnames, first names of spouses + first names of their parents

Unbound extract

Date of marriage, surnames, first names of spouses

Who shall I contact
  • Central Registry Office (Scec) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreigner (birth, marriage or death) of a Frenchman

    Only by mail to:

    Central Registry Office - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    11 White House Street

    44941 Nantes Cedex 09

    The service is not open to the public.

    You can also use the online service

    For additional information, you can:

    • View Site diplomacy.govt.fr
    • Call+33 1 41 86 42 47 Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm
      Free access to a video-interpretation or instant voice transcription service for the deaf or hard of hearing
    • Email courrier.scec@diplomatie.gouv.fr

  FYI : if you are a foreigner, you have to go to the authority that established the act.

Free

Online

The time limit for issuing an act is approximately 10 calendar days.

To get it, you have to sign in to your Service-Public.fr account. You can download the PDF document in your personal space online.

By mail

The time limit for issuing an act is approximately 10 calendar days, increased by the time of delivery by post.