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Family Book Update

Verified 24 October 2019 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

The updating of the family register is mandatory and is the responsibility of the holder. Any change in your marital status or family situation must be included. In some cases, a new booklet may be issued.

The arrival of each child in a married couple (birth or adoption) must be recorded in the family register.

Approach

Born in France

You must contact the town hall where the child was born.

Who shall I contact

To facilitate your efforts, the town hall of your home can take care of transmitting the booklet to the authorities concerned.

Please note

the indication of a lifeless child and the date and place of delivery may be affixed to the family register.

Birth abroad

You must contact the Central Civil Registry Service.

Who shall I contact

Please note

the indication of a lifeless child and the date and place of delivery may be affixed to the family register.

Sanctions

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

If a father recognizes a child after the issue of the family record, his or her information shall be included.

Where other children are already included in the family register but have no connection with the author of the recognition, the family register must be returned.

Two other booklets are issued:

  • The first booklet mentions the common child(s) of the mother and the father who made the acquaintance.
  • The second booklet mentions the child(s) not recognized or recognized by another father.

Please note

in the event of a change in filiation, a new booklet may be given on request against return of the first, without any reference to the old entries.

Approach

Born in France

You must contact the town hall where the child was born.

Who shall I contact

To facilitate your efforts, the town hall of your home can take care of transmitting the booklet to the authorities concerned.

Birth abroad

You must contact the Central Civil Registry Service.

Who shall I contact

Sanctions

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

The parents' marriage certificate extract shall be entered in the family register issued at the birth of their first child..

Approach

Marriage in France

You must contact the town hall where the wedding was celebrated.

Who shall I contact

To facilitate your efforts, the town hall of your home can take care of transmitting the booklet to the authorities concerned.

Marriage abroad

You must contact the Central Civil Registry Service.

Who shall I contact

Sanctions

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

The particulars relating to the acquisition, loss of or reinstatement of French nationality may be entered in the family register at the request of the person concerned.

Approach

Born in France

You must contact the town hall where the child was born.

Who shall I contact

To facilitate your efforts, the town hall of your home can take care of transmitting the booklet to the authorities concerned.

Birth abroad

You must contact the Central Civil Registry Service.

Who shall I contact

Sanctions

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

In case of a change of the names or forenames of a person whose act appears on the booklet, a second booklet can be requested from your town hall in exchange for the previous one.

Who shall I contact

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

A new family record may be issued in the event of a change in the surname(s) of a spouse or parent, in conjunction with the application for a change in the sex of the civil status.

The spouse or partner of Pacs and the adult child (or his legal representatives, if he is a minor) must have given their consent to the updating of the documents concerning them in the family register.

Who shall I contact

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

The mentions of divorce and legal separation appear on the booklet with the mention of the extract of marriage certificate.

In the event of divorce or separation, second booklet may be given to the one who has none.

Marriage in France

You must contact the town hall where the wedding was celebrated.

Who shall I contact

To facilitate your efforts, the town hall of your home can take care of transmitting the booklet to the authorities concerned.

Marriage abroad

You must contact the Central Civil Registry Service.

Who shall I contact

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.

The death of a spouse, parent or minor child must be recorded on the family record.

The excerpt from the death certificate in the booklet only mentions the place and date of death.

Approach

Deaths in France

General case

You should contact:

  • at the town hall of the place of death,
  • at the town hall of the deceased's home.

Who shall I contact

Paris, Lyon or Marseille

If the deceased lived in Paris, Lyon or Marseille, to update the booklet, you must contact the town hall of the place of death.

Who shall I contact

Deaths abroad

You should contact:

  • at the town hall of the deceased's home,
  • the Central Civil Registry Service.

Who shall I contact

Sanctions

The use of a falsified or unupdated family record may result in criminal prosecution and a fine of €1,500or €3,000 in case of recidivism.

If there is a second booklet, it must be updated in the same way as the original booklet.