Naturalization: what justifications for minor children?

Verified 27 January 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

To make a French application for naturalization, you must provide the supporting documents following concerning your minor children :

  • Birth certificate of each child, and for adopted children, the adoption judgment
  • If the French nationality is not mentioned in the birth certificate, certificate of french nationality for french children
  • For schoolchildren, copies of school certificates for the current year
  • For out-of-school children, copy of any documents proving their residence at your home. For example, copies of completed pages of the health record book, home care contract.
  • For the child(ren) who joined you in France by family reunification, copy of the decision authorizing their entry into France

Depending on your situation, other documents may be requested.

Copy or Original

The civil status documents must be supplied in full and in original in the language of the country of origin.

For all other documents, you can provide copies. However, you will need to present the originals when you are called for an interview.

A French civil status certificate must be issued less than 3 months ago.


You must attach a translation of each document written in a foreign language.

You must provide the original translation.

The translation must be done by a translator on the list of experts approved by the courts of appeal.

However, translation is not required for a multilingual birth certificate extract one of whose languages is French.

In addition, to avoid having to translate some documents issued by a the European Union, one multilingual form can be attached.

See the e-justice site for more information.

Legalization or Apostille

Certain documents established abroad must be legalized or apostilles to be accepted in France.

Inquire at the embassy or consulate of the country concerned.


one simulator shows you the list custom of documents to be provided to request the French naturalization. You can also consult a video.

Application for naturalization: what documents to provide?