Prohibition of gambling

Verified 17 April 2024 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

You think you have a gambling addiction (casinos, gaming clubs, online games...)? To protect yourself, you can apply voluntarily to be game ban. You will then be registered in a specific file, which is transmitted to the different organizations. The prohibition can also be imposed on the initiative of a third party (judge, interior minister or legal representative). This ban is temporary. We present you with the information you need to know.

Voluntary ban

Voluntary prohibition of gambling is strictly personal and confidential.

You must meet the following 2 conditions:

Please note

You can assess your gambling addiction by responding to a questionnaire proposed by the National Gaming Authority (ANJ).

On the Internet

You can make the request through an online service:

Ask to be banned from gambling (ANJ)

You must provide the following information:

  • Your full contact details (mailing address, email, telephone)
  • Copy of your identity document (passport, front/back identity card, residence permit or driving license). Your ID must be valid.
By mail

You can send your request by mail to theANJ: titleContent.

A sample letter is available:

Request to be prohibited from games (letter template)

Your mail should:

  • Be signed
  • Include all your contact information (including your phone number to possibly verify your identity)
  • Be accompanied by a copy of an identity document (passport, identity card on both sides, driving license, residence card). Your ID must be valid.
Who shall I contact

Once your file has been validated, you will be prohibited from playing games confirmed by mail.

FYI  

It is also possible to self-exclude from an online gaming site. The site blocks your player account and prohibits the opening of a new account for the chosen period.

You can also opt for voluntary access limitation (VAT) directly from casinos or gaming clubs by contacting the referer “prevention of excessive gambling”. This LVA takes the form of a signed document between you and this referent.

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General case

The effect of banning gambling is to ban you:

  • To enter a casino or game club
  • To access an online gaming site approved by theANJ: titleContent (sports betting, horse-race betting and poker)
  • Access the games of the French Games (FDJ) and PMU made with a player account.

When you are registered in the game ban file, this file is transmitted:

  • At casinos
  • To the game clubs
  • To legal gambling sites.

FYI  

each establishment puts in place a systematic identity check at the entrance to the games rooms.

You cannot open an account on a gambling website. These sites must inform you of the possibility of being prohibited from gambling yourself.

You are an employee of an establishment

A voluntary ban on gambling entails a ban on access to casinos and gaming clubs.

Therefore, if you work in a gaming establishment, you will no longer be able to access your workplace.

A voluntary ban on gambling will result in the loss of your license and therefore the loss of your job in the games establishment.

This prohibition of access applies to all trades in gaming establishments for which authorization is required.

The ban on games also means that you cannot access:

  • To an online gaming site licensed by theANJ: titleContent (sports betting, horse-race betting and poker)
  • The games of the French Games (FDJ) and PMU made with a player account.

When you are registered in the game ban file, this file is transmitted:

  • At casinos
  • To the game clubs
  • And legal gambling sites.

FYI  

each establishment puts in place a systematic identity check at the entrance to the games rooms.

You cannot open an account on a gambling website. These sites must inform you of the possibility of being prohibited from gambling yourself.

You are applying for a job in an institution

A voluntary ban on gambling entails a ban on access to casinos and gaming clubs.

For example, if you apply for a job in a gambling establishment, a voluntary ban on gambling will result refusal of approval and so lThe inability to be recruited by this establishment.

This prohibition of access applies to all trades in gaming establishments for which authorization is required.

The ban on games also means that you cannot access:

  • To an online gaming site licensed by theANJ: titleContent (sports betting, horse-race betting and poker)
  • The games of the French Games (FDJ) and PMU made with a player account.

When you are registered in the game ban file, this file is transmitted:

  • At casinos
  • To the game clubs
  • And legal gambling sites.

FYI  

each establishment puts in place a systematic identity check at the entrance to the games rooms.

You cannot open an account on a gambling website. These sites must inform you of the possibility of being prohibited from gambling yourself.

The ban on gambling is imposed for a period of 3 years.

It is tacitly renewable: without any action on your part with ANJ: titleContent, your ban will be maintained.

Please note

The voluntary ban on gambling is valid throughout France (metropolis and overseas).

After 3 yearsHowever, if you feel you no longer need this measure, you can request that it be lifted by the online service set up by theANJ: titleContent :

Request the lifting of game ban (ANJ)

This request to lift the ban can also be made by mail.

Who shall I contact

Warning  

Without any action on your part from ANJ: titleContent, your ban will be maintained.

Request from a third party

Who can be banned from gambling?

You must to be of age. Indeed, the minors are not allowed to play.

What is the procedure in the case of a judicial ban?

The court of justice shall have jurisdiction to issue decisions prohibiting gambling in the context of:

The judge may therefore requireANJ: titleContent to declare your ban on gambling pFor a maximum period of 5 years.

What are the consequences of banning gambling?

The effect of banning gambling is to ban you:

  • To enter a casino or game club
  • To access an online gaming site approved by theANJ: titleContent (sports betting, horse-race betting and poker)
  • Access the games of the French Games (FDJ) and PMU made with a player account.

When you are registered in the game ban file, this file is transmitted:

  • At casinos
  • To the game clubs
  • To legal gambling sites.

FYI  

each establishment puts in place a systematic identity check at the entrance to the games rooms.

You cannot open an account on a gambling website. These sites must inform you of the possibility of being prohibited from gambling yourself.

Is action needed to end the ban?

No, the end of the ban does not require any action on your part: it is automatic.

Who can be banned from gambling?

You must to be of age. Indeed, the minors can't play.

What is the procedure in the case of a ban on the initiative of the Minister of the Interior?

This prohibition shall be imposed in the event of trouble the order or tranquility or normal course of play in casinos, gaming clubs and online games.

Example :

Following an arrest for casino violence.

The Minister of the Interior can therefore issue, even without your agreement, your ban on games for a 5-year renewable term.

L'ANJ: titleContent shall be informed of the decisions taken by the Minister.

What are the consequences of banning gambling?

The effect of banning gambling is to ban you:

  • To enter a casino or game club
  • To access an online gaming site approved by theANJ: titleContent (sports betting, horse-race betting and poker)
  • Access the games of the French Games (FDJ) and PMU made with a player account.

When you are registered in the game ban file, this file is transmitted:

  • At casinos
  • To the game clubs
  • To legal gambling sites.

FYI  

each establishment puts in place a systematic identity check at the entrance to the games rooms.

You cannot open an account on a gambling website. These sites must inform you of the possibility of being prohibited from gambling yourself.

Can we challenge this decision to ban gambling?

You can challenge this prohibition in court administrative tribunal on which your home depends.

Who shall I contact

Is action needed to end the ban?

No, the end of the ban does not require any action on your part: it is automatic.

What is the procedure in the case of a ban on the initiative of the legal representative?

Your guardian or trustee should contact theANJ: titleContent.

You guardian or curator can make the request through an online service:

Ask to be banned from gambling (ANJ)

It should provide the following information:

  • Your full contact details (mailing address, email, telephone)
  • Copy of your identity document (passport, front/back identity card or driving license, residence permit)
  • Your contact preferences to be recalled by the services of theANJ: titleContent
  • Copy of the extract of the judgment of guardianship or curatorship.

What are the consequences of banning gambling?

The effect of banning gambling is to ban you:

  • To enter a casino or game club
  • To access an online gaming site approved by theANJ: titleContent (sports betting, horse-race betting and poker)
  • Access the games of the French Games (FDJ) and PMU made with a player account.

When you are registered in the game ban file, this file is transmitted:

  • At casinos
  • To the game clubs
  • To legal gambling sites.

FYI  

each establishment puts in place a systematic identity check at the entrance to the games rooms.

You cannot open an account on a gambling website. These sites must inform you of the possibility of being prohibited from gambling yourself.

How long does a legal representative's request for a ban on gambling last?

The ban on gambling is imposed for a 3-year term.

It is tacitly renewable, that is to say, without taking any action with theANJ: titleContent  the ban is maintained.

Please note

The voluntary ban on gambling is valid throughout France (metropolis and overseas).

How can the ban on gambling requested by a legal representative be lifted?

After 3 yearsIf the legal representative considers that he no longer needs the measure, he may request that it be lifted. Otherwise, the ban is extended.

The request for the lifting of the ban may be made by the online service set up by theANJ: titleContent .

Request the lifting of game ban (ANJ)

It can also be done by mail.

Who shall I contact

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