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French nationality: how do i buy a tax stamp?

Verified 19 November 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

To file an application for French citizenship, you must provide an electronic tax stamp.

You live in France

Electronic tax stamps can be purchased online or at a tobacco office.


Prepare your credit card to do the procedure online.

Online purchase of the tax stamp - Access to French nationality

After receiving your stamp (by email or SMS), you must:

  1. download it
  2. print it to attach it to your application for access to French nationality.
In a tobacco office

You can buy an electronic tax stamp at a tobacco office if it is equipped with the app Authorized point of sale..

The validity of the electronic stamp is 12 months from the date of purchase.

To prevent it from no longer being valid at the time of filing your application, wait until you have completed your application.

If you have purchased the electronic stamp and feel you do not have time to complete your file in the 12 months, you can apply online for a refund within one year of purchase:

Request electronic stamp refund

Please note

validity of electronic stamp purchased before 12 September 2019 is 6 months..

You live abroad

Abroad, you do not have a tax stamp to provide.

You can pay in cash. Some consulates also accept payment by credit card, check or transfer. Visit the Consulate's website to find out how to pay.