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Defence and Citizenship Day (JDC)

Verified 03 November 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Are you French and you are between 16 and 25 years old? You want to register for an exam (baccalaureate, driver's licence...) and you are asked for a certificate of participation in the defence and citizenship day (JDC), but you do not know how to obtain it? Are you wondering about the JDC? We tell you everything you need to know.

The organisation of the JDC is different, depending on whether you live in France or abroad ::

In France

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General case

After you have completed your citizen census, you must participate in a JDC: titleContent.

You have the "mobility inclusion" card with the word "disability"

After you have completed your citizenship census, you can apply for an exemption from participating in the JDC: titleContent.

To do this, you must present your card mobility marked invalidity to CSNJ: titleContent the closest.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a individual certificate of exemption from participation in the JDC.

You have a disability card

After you have completed your citizenship census, you can apply for an exemption from participating in the JDC: titleContent.

To do this, you must present your disability card to the CSNJ: titleContent the closest.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a individual certificate of exemption from participation in the JDC.

You're disabled

After you have completed your citizenship census, you can apply for an exemption from participating in the JDC: titleContent.

To do this, you must provide either a medical certificate dated less than 3 months and describing your disability, or a copy of cerfa certificate no. 15695.

This document shall be inserted in an envelope marked Medical Confidential. You must deposit this envelope in a 2e envelope. You need to send this 2e envelope CSNJ: titleContent the closest.

If your application is accepted, you will receive:

  • Either one individual certificate of exemption from participation in the JDC
  • Or, in case of temporary incapacity, provisional certificate providing for the postponement of your participation in JDC

General case
Date and location of your JDC

You will receive a written notice indicating the date and place of your JDC: titleContent.

The summons will be sent to you approximately 45 days before the date of your JDC.

The JDC takes place between the date of your citizen census and the date of your 18the anniversary.

FYI  

In general, the JDC lasts 8:30 hours from the time of the meeting.

Transportation to JDC

Your summons to the JDC opens straight:

  • Either a return ticket, which is given to you during your JDC. This voucher can be used on the local public transport network (bus, coach, metro or tram).
  • Either a lump sum travel allowance.
    If you live in a metropolis, the allowance is €20 or €10, depending on whether or not the JDC is located more than 20 km from your town. You receive this amount by letter-check a few weeks after the JDC.
    If you live overseas, the allowance is equal to your transportation costs, up to a maximum.
You become French between 18 and 25 years
Date and location of your JDC

You will receive a written notice indicating the date and place of your JDC: titleContent.

The invitation arrives within 3 to 9 months of your arrival citizen census.

FYI  

In general, the JDC lasts 8:30 hours from the time of the meeting.

Transportation to JDC

Your summons to the JDC opens straight:

  • Either a return ticket, which is given to you during your JDC. This voucher can be used on the local public transport network (bus, coach, metro or tram).
  • Either a lump sum travel allowance.
    If you live in a metropolis, the allowance is €20 or €10, depending on whether or not the JDC is located more than 20 km from your town. You receive this amount by letter-check a few weeks after the JDC.
    If you live overseas, the allowance is equal to your transportation costs, up to a maximum.

If you are an employee or an apprentice, you are entitled to a exceptional absence permit one day.

To do so, you must present your summons to your employer.

FYI  

Your employer is not permitted to deduct this day from your vacation or earnings.

If the date or place of JDC: titleContent does not suit you, you can ask your CSNJ: titleContent other dates or places.

Your written request must be sent to CSNJ: titleContent no later than 15 days after the date on which you received your notice.

If you've done your census, but you can't do your JDC: titleContent before you turn 18, you can ask your CSNJ: titleContent to be called within 3 months. Depending on the reason you are requesting the postponement of the JDC, your NLSC may grant you an interim certificate pending. This certificate will be used to prove that you are provisionally in good standing under the JDC.

You can apply for the interim certificate:

  • Either by email. You must attach a scan of your valid identity card or passport.
  • Either by mail. You must include a photocopy of your valid identity card or passport.

In general, the JDC lasts 8:30 hours from the time of the meeting.

During JDC: titleContent, you receive:

  • lessons learned on the broad issues and objectives of national defence, and on the various forms of engagement
  • a civics education, based on charter of rights and duties of the french citizen
  • information on equality between women and men, the fight against gender bias and the fight against physical, psychological or sexual violence within the couple

You also pass tests to evaluate the fundamental learning of the French language.

Getting the certificate

At the end of the day, you will receive an individual certificate of participation in the JDC: titleContent. This document certifies that you participated in the JDC.

What should I do if the certificate is lost or stolen?

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You did your JDC in France

If you lose or have your certificate stolen, or if it is damaged, you can request a certificate of administrative status at your National Service and Youth Centre (NYSC).

You can make your request:

  • by email, with a scan of your identity card or passport (valid)
  • or by mail, with a photocopy of your valid identity card or passport.

To find out the contact information of your CSNJ:

Please note

from the age of 25, none certificate of administrative status is not issued. Indeed, you no longer have to justify your situation regarding the JDC to register for an exam (driving licence, BEP...) or an administrative contest organised by the French public authority.

You did your JDC abroad

You must request a certificate of administrative status at the National Service and Youth Centre (CSNJ) in Perpignan.

To find out his contact details:

Please note

from the age of 25, none certificate of administrative status is not issued. Indeed, you no longer have to justify your situation regarding the JDC to register for an exam (driving licence, BEP...) or an administrative contest organised by the French public authority.

When should I present the certificate?

The certificate is one of the documents to be presented when you register for an examination or competition organised by the French authorities.

Registration for the driving licence examination:

The proof of registration required to register for driving test in France depends on your age:

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Before 17 years

You do not have to provide any supporting documents.

17 to 24 years

You must provide one of the following documents:

  • Individual Certificate of Participation in the JDC
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (issued in case of deterioration, loss or theft of your certificate or certificate)
  • Provisional certificate "convening body" (in case of pending summons to the JDC)

From 25 years

You do not have to provide any supporting documents.

Registration for other exams and competitions:

The proof of registration an examination (BEP, Baccalauréat....) or an administrative competition subject to the supervision of the French public authority depends on your age:

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Before 18 

You must submit one of the following documents:

  • Census certificate
  • Individual Certificate of Participation in the JDC: titleContent
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (issued on request in case of deterioration, loss or theft of your certificate or certificate)

18 to 24 years 

You must submit one of the following documents:

  • Individual Certificate of Participation in the JDC
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (issued on request in case of loss or theft of certificate or certificate)
  • Provisional certificate "convening body" (in case of pending summons to the JDC)

From 25 years

You do not have to provide any supporting documents.

After the citizen census and as long as you are not 25 years old, you must inform your CSNJ: titleContent any change in your situation:

  • Change of domicile (move). You must also report any absence from your usual home lasting more than 4 months.
  • Change of family situation (e.g., you get married or go to bed, you have a child...)
  • Change in employment status (e.g., student to employee)

You can report your change of situation:

Email

To find out your email address CSNJ: titleContent ::

Internet

You can file your online service return My JDC.

To do this, you must first have created your personal account:

My JDC

By mail

You must use form cerfa n°11718:

Statement of Change of Situation at the National Service and Youth Centre (NYSC)

You must send this form to your CSNJ: titleContent.

Abroad

After you have completed your citizen census, you must participate in the JDC: titleContent before the age of 25.

FYI  

if you have the mobility inclusion card with the mention "disability", or the disability card, or if you are disabled (subject to having a medical certificate), you can request to be allowed not to participate in the JDC.

After you have completed your citizen census, you are in one of the 3 situations:

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A "normal" JDC is organised

This is a day or half a day of theoretical training, during which you attend lectures and films on the following topics:

You are summoned by the consulate. The invitation arrives approximately 3 months before your date JDC: titleContent.

If you are not eligible to participate in the JDC on the scheduled date, you must notify the Consulate within 45 days of the posting of the notice.

At the end of your JDC, you receive a certificate of participation in the JDC.

An "adapted" JDC is organised, taking into account the local context

Given geographical or political specificities, the Consulate may be obliged to organise a JDC: titleContent "adapted". This JDC is in the form of an information document.

You will receive the information document directly by mail, listing the relevant links to the Ministry of Defence website. You will also receive your certificate of participation in the JDC.

During your stay in France, you can ask to participate in a new JDC, if you wish. To do so, you will need to contact the CSNJ: titleContent your place of residence in France.

No JDCs are organised, given the local context

Where geographical or political specificities prevent the Consulate from organising a JDC: titleContent "normal" or an adapted JDC, you are then obliged to participate in a JDC in France, once you come to live there before the age of 25. To do this, you should contact the CSNJ: titleContent your place of residence in France.

If you do not return to France before the age of 25, you receive a certificate indicating that you are provisionally in good standing under the JDC. This certificate shall be valid for a period.

The Individual Certificate of Attendance allows you to prove that you have completed the JDC: titleContent.

You will have to present this document in case of registration in France for an exam (bachelor's degree, driving licence...) or an administrative contest before 25 years.

If your certificate is lost or stolen, you can request a certificate of administrative status at the National Service and Youth Centre (CSNJ) in Perpignan.

Change of situation

After your citizen census and as long as you are under 25 years of age, you must inform your National Service and Youth Centre (NYSC) of any change in your situation:

  • Change of domicile (any absence from the usual domicile for a period of more than 4 months must also be reported)
  • Change of family status
  • Change of professional status

You can make your change of situation declaration:

Email

You must send it to the CSNJ of Perpignan.

By mail

You must use form cerfa n°11718:

Statement of Change of Situation at the National Service and Youth Centre (NYSC)

You must send it to the CSNJ of Perpignan.

Registration for exams or competitions

The proof of registration an examination (BEP, Baccalauréat....) or an administrative competition subject to the supervision of the French public authority depends on your age:

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Before 18 

You must submit one of the following documents:

  • Census certificate
  • Individual Certificate of Participation in the JDC: titleContent
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (issued on request in case of deterioration, loss or theft of your certificate or certificate)

18 to 24 years 

You must submit one of the following documents:

  • Individual Certificate of Participation in the JDC
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (issued on request in case of loss or theft of certificate or certificate)
  • Provisional certificate "convening body" (in case of pending summons to the JDC)

From 25 years

You do not have to provide any supporting documents.

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