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Under 26: in which cases do you have to register to vote?

Verified 28 June 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You may already be registered to vote, especially if you were automatically registered after your election citizen (military) census. But if you've moved since, or if your parents you live with have moved, it's necessary to re-register.

In all cases, it is recommended to check if you are registered on the electoral list:

Check your election registration and polling station

If you are not registered, you must ask to be registered either on the electoral list of a town hall or on a consular electoral list.

List of elections

All of the following conditions must be met:

  • Being French
  • Enjoyment of civil and political rights

To know:

  • A European citizen residing in France may request to register to vote in municipal and European elections in France.
  • One person detained in prison is not necessarily deprived of the right to vote. But it has to follow a particular procedure.
  • One guardianship may no longer be deprived of the right to vote, even if the judge's decision was made before 23 March 2019.

You can register to vote in one of the following communes:

  • Home
  • The municipality in which you have been subject to local taxes (housing tax, company property tax, property tax on built or unbuilt properties) for at least 2 years
  • Common to your residence, if you have been effectively and continuously resident there for at least 6 months
  • Common place where you have the obligation to reside as a civil servant
  • Municipality where the business, of which you are the majority or sole partner for at least 2 years, has been included in the role of municipal contributions for at least 2 years

To know:

  • If you are staying with a relative (for example, a relative) or a friend, you can be registered in the municipality where you are staying.
  • If you SDF: titleContent, you can be registered in the municipality of the organisation where you live.

You can do this:

Online

You must use the online service application for registration and attach the scanned version of the following documents:

Online application for registration on the electoral lists

On site (you or a representative)

By yourself

You must provide the following documents:

Who shall I contact

Through another person

You can have someone do this for you.

To do this, you must provide the following documents:

Who shall I contact
By mail

You must send the following documents:

Who shall I contact

Reminder

certain persons are subject to a specific registration procedure:

It is possible to register all year round.

However, in an election year, this must be done by 6e Friday before 1to election round.

But certain situations, this period shall be extended until 10e day before 1to election round.

The electoral map is sent by mail to your home no later than 3 days before 1to round of the election (or referendum).

If your electoral map was not distributed to you before the election or referendum, it is kept at the polling station. You can recover it by presenting a identification.

Consular List of Electors (foreigner)

All of the following conditions must be met:

  • Being French
  • Enjoyment of civil and political rights

It is possible to register all year round.

However, to be able to vote in a particular election, this step must be taken no later than 6e Friday before 1to round of this election.

In certain situations, this period shall be extended until 10e day before 1to election round.

You can request to be registered on the consular list of electors:

By internet (via the register of French people established outside France)

You can request your registration on the consular list of electors 

French register established outside France - Consular registration

On site or by courier (consulate, embassy)

You can request to register on the consular list of electors by contacting your consulate or embassy directly.

You must provide the following documents: