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Movement Document for Minor foreigner (CMEC)

Verified 22 mars 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

A foreigners minor resident in France is not obliged to hold a residence permit. However, to facilitate his movements outside France, he can obtain a circulation document for minor foreigner (DCEM). The person who exercises parental authority over the child must make the request, providing certain supporting documents. The document is valid for a period of time 5 years renewable. The Republican Identity Document (TIR) has been deleted.

Parent foreigner in a regular situation

The Minor foreigner Movement Document (CMPD) refers to the minor foreigner after a foreigner trip. It allows the foreigners minor to return to France (or to the external borders of Schengen Area ) without needing a visa. It proves regularity of stay in France.

The DCEM must be accompanied by a valid travel document (passport in most cases), once the young person is travelling outside France.

General case

The DCEM is issued to a minor resident in France and one or more of the parents has one of the following cards:

  • Temporary residence card
  • Multi-year residence card
  • Resident Card

In Mayotte

The DCEM shall be issued to a minor born in France whose at least one of the parents holds one of the following cards:

  • Temporary residence card
  • Multi-year residence card
  • Resident Card

The person who exercises parental authority (or his or her agent) must file the EMDC application online.

  • Applicant's birth certificate (parent or holder of parental authority): full copy or extract with filiation
  • Passport (or otherwise: national identity card, consular identity card, etc.) of the applicant and of the child
  • Family booklet or extract of birth certificate with the child's established parentage
  • Valid residence card of the applicant (unless the applicant is European)
  • Documents certifying that the applicant exercises parental authority over the minor:
    • Married parents: marriage certificate
    • Divorced parents: divorce judgement
    • Unmarried parents: birth certificate of the child mentioning the recognition of the minor before the age of 1 year, or joint declaration of joint exercise of parental authority made to the clerk of the court or a copy of the court ruling on parental authority (if the child has been recognised after the age of 1 year)
  • If parental authority is exercised by a third party: copy of court decision delegating parental authority or decision of family council
  • If the applicant uses a proxy:
    • Mandate of the person holding parental authority (letter, authentic act)
    • Agent ID
    • Documents certifying that the signatory of the warrant exercises parental authority over the minor
  • Certificate of schooling or nursery or any other document for young children who can prove habitual residence in France
  • Proof of domicile on behalf of the applicant if the minor resides with him, or on behalf of the minor if he does not live with the applicant
  • 2 photos minor
  • Tax Stamps of €50to be donated at the time of submission of the DCEM
  • Form cerfa 11203 completed, dated and signed by the applicant (the form can be completed online)

  FYI : foreign-language civil status documents must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter.

The applicant for the title must come to withdraw it in prefecture (or sub-prefecture) accompanied by the beneficiary child.

  FYI : if the prefecture or sub-prefecture has not responded within 2 months, the application for DCEM is refused.

There is a charge for the issue of the DCEM: a €50 is by tax stamps when the title is delivered.

If the child is under 13 years

DCEM is valid 5 years and can be renewed.

  • If the parents have a residence permit that will end before 5 years, the end date of the child's EMD is the same as that of the parent's permit.
  • If the parents have a residence permit that will end before 1 year, the child's CESD end date is 1 year.

  FYI : if parents have titles with different end dates, the earliest end date is taken into account

The EMD may be withdrawn when the child no longer meets the conditions of issue.

If the child becomes French or if he or she obtains a residence permit, the DCEM must be returned to the prefecture.

From 13 years

DCEM is valid until 18 years of the child.

If the parents have a residence permit that will expire before the child's 18 years of age, the child's CESD end date is the same as that of the parent's title. However, the child's DCEM cannot be less than 1 year.

  FYI : if parents have titles with different end dates, the earliest end date is taken into account

The EMD may be withdrawn when the child no longer meets the conditions of issue.

If the child becomes French or if he or she obtains a residence permit, the DCEM must be returned to the prefecture.

The MRSD may be renewed for a period of time 5 years.

The DCEM is renewable up to the majority of the child.

The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

European Parliament

The DCEM is granted to the following children:

  • Minor with at least one parent European and is established in France for more than 3 months
  • Minor whose stepparent is European and at least one of the parents is established in France for more than 3 months

The person who exercises parental authority (or his or her agent) must file the EMDC application online.

  • Applicant's birth certificate (parent or holder of parental authority): full copy or extract with filiation
  • Passport (or otherwise: national identity card, consular identity card, etc.) of the applicant and of the child
  • Family booklet or extract of birth certificate with the child's established parentage
  • If the minor is a European child: any document certifying the applicant's stay
  • If the minor is a child of French: valid national identity card or national passport of the French parent
  • If the minor has a parent who has acquired French nationality: valid passport, valid national identity card, certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months or national passport of the French parent
  • Documents certifying that the applicant exercises parental authority over the minor:
    • Married parents: marriage certificate
    • Divorced parents: divorce judgement
    • Unmarried parents: birth certificate of the child mentioning the recognition of the minor before the age of 1 year, or joint declaration of joint exercise of parental authority made to the clerk of the court or a copy of the court ruling on parental authority (if the child has been recognised after the age of 1 year)
  • If parental authority is exercised by a third party: copy of court decision delegating parental authority or decision of family council
  • If the applicant uses a proxy:
    • Mandate of the person holding parental authority (letter, authentic act)
    • Agent ID
    • Documents certifying that the signatory of the warrant exercises parental authority over the minor
  • Certificate of schooling or nursery or any other document for young children who can prove habitual residence in France
  • Proof of domicile on behalf of the applicant if the minor resides with him, or on behalf of the minor if he does not live with the applicant
  • 2 photos minor
  • Tax Stamps of €50to be donated at the time of submission of the DCEM
  • Form cerfa 11203 completed, dated and signed by the applicant (the form can be completed online).

  FYI : foreign-language civil status documents must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter.

The applicant for the title must come to withdraw it in prefecture (or sub-prefecture) accompanied by the beneficiary child.

  FYI : if the prefecture or sub-prefecture has not responded within 2 months, the application for DCEM is refused.

DCEM is free.

If the child is under 13 years

DCEM is valid 5 years and can be renewed.

The EMD may be withdrawn when the child no longer meets the conditions of issue.

If the child becomes French or if he or she obtains a residence permit, the DCEM must be returned to the prefecture.

From 13 years

DCEM is valid until 18 years of the child.

The EMD may be withdrawn when the child no longer meets the conditions of issue.

If the child becomes French or if he or she obtains a residence permit, the DCEM must be returned to the prefecture.

The MRSD may be renewed for a period of time 5 years.

The DCEM is renewable up to the majority of the child. The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

Other

General case

The EMDC may be issued to minors residing in France:

  • who has been entrusted, at the latest, to the service of theAse,
  • or recognised as a refugee or granted subsidiary protection,
  • or who entered France under cover of long-stay visa as a child of French (or adopted),
  • or who entered France before the age of 13 on a long-stay visitor visa, and who has been ordinarily resident in France ever since,
  • or at least one of the parents has acquired French nationality.

In Mayotte

The DCEM may be issued to a minor residing in Mayotte, where at least one of the 2 parents has a residence permit.

The minor must have been born in France or entered Mayotte regularly, without family reunification, before the age of 13.

The person who exercises parental authority (or his or her agent) must file the EMDC application online.

Common justifications for all applicants

  • Applicant's birth certificate (parent or holder of parental authority): full copy or extract with filiation
  • Passport (or otherwise: national identity card, consular identity card, etc.) of the applicant and of the child
  • Family booklet or extract of birth certificate with the child's established parentage
  • Documents certifying that the applicant exercises parental authority over the minor:
    • Married parents: marriage certificate
    • Divorced parents: divorce judgement
    • Unmarried parents: birth certificate of the child mentioning the recognition of the minor before the age of 1 year, or joint declaration of joint exercise of parental authority made to the clerk of the court or a copy of the court ruling on parental authority (if the child has been recognised after the age of 1 year)
  • If the applicant uses a proxy:
    • Mandate of the person with parental authority (letter, authentic act)
    • Agent ID
    • Documents certifying that the signatory of the warrant exercises parental authority over the minor
  • Certificate of schooling or nursery or any other document for young children who can prove habitual residence in France
  • Proof of domicile on behalf of the applicant if the minor resides with him, or on behalf of the minor if he does not live with the applicant
  • 2 photos minor
  • Tax Stamps of €50to be donated at the time of submission of the DCEM
  • Form cerfa 11203 completed, dated and signed by the applicant (the form can be completed online)

  FYI : foreign-language civil status documents must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter.

Juvenile assigned before age 16 to the child welfare department

Decision of the judicial judge for child welfare before age 16

Refugee or subsidiary protection

Decision of theOfpra or CNDA recognising refugee status or subsidiary protection

Minor who entered France on a long-stay visa as a child of French (or adopted)

  • Visa for longer than 3 months mention French family or international adoption
  • Proof of the French nationality of the parent: valid passport, valid national identity card or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months

Minor entered before the age of 13 in France with long-stay visa as a visitor

  • Copy of the visa for a period exceeding 3 months mention visitor and admission stamp to France before the age of 13
  • Evidence of habitual residence in France (school certificates) since the age of 13

Minors residing in Mayotte born in France

  • Valid residence card of at least one of the 2 parents
  • Proof of birth in France

Minor residing in Mayotte born in foreigner

  • Valid residence card of at least one of the 2 parents
  • Proof of regular entry to Mayotte before the age of 13

  FYI : foreign-language civil status documents must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter.

If the applicant uses a proxy, he must also provide the mandate (letter, written declaration, authentic act, etc.), and the identity document of the representative.

The applicant for the title must come to withdraw it in prefecture (or sub-prefecture) accompanied by the beneficiary child.

  FYI : if the prefecture or sub-prefecture has not responded within 2 months, the application for DCEM is refused.

There is a charge for the issue of the DCEM: a €50 is by tax stamps when the title is delivered.

If the child is under 13 years

DCEM is valid 5 years and renewable.

It may be withdrawn when the child no longer meets the conditions of issue.

If the child becomes French or if he or she obtains a residence permit, the DCEM must be returned to the prefecture.

From 13 years

DCEM is valid until 18 years of the child.

The EMD may be withdrawn when the child no longer meets the conditions of issue.

If the child becomes French or if he or she obtains a residence permit, the DCEM must be returned to the prefecture.

The MRSD may be renewed for a period of time 5 years.

The DCEM is renewable up to the majority of the child.

The approach is the same as for the 1re request.