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Defense and Citizenship Day (JDC)

Verified 11 septembre 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

JDC online since 23 November 2020

Due to the containment, the JDCs in the presence are suspended in metropolitan France and Martinique since 2 November 2020. JDC Online Substitutes start on November 23, 2020. If you are concerned, an order to call the JDC online is sent to you by email.

Defense and Citizenship Day (JDC) is a day of information about citizens' rights, duties and the functioning of institutions. The JDC follows the military census (or "citizen census"). You must participate before your 18e birthday (or before your 25e birthday in some cases). The date and place of your JDC are indicated in the order of convocation you will receive. If you live abroad, the JDC can also be organized there.

Young people living in France

You will receive a written notice indicating the date of your JDC between the date of your census and your 18e birthday.

If you become French between 18 and 25 years of age, you receive the convocation within 3 months of your census..

The order is received approximately 45 days before the date of your JDC.

Your participation in the JDC is mandatory.

  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 authorized not to participate in the JDC [application/pdf - 3.3 MB] ..

If the date or place is not convenient for you, you can ask your National Service Center (NSC) for other dates or locations. Your written request must be received by the NSC within 15 days of the date you received the convocation order.

If you are 18 years of age or older and your summons to the JDC will be issued at a later date, you may request a provisional attestation "pending" at the center of the national organizing service of your JDC. This document allows you to prove that you are temporarily in good standing under the JDC.

You can apply for the draft certificate:

  • or by email (you must attach the scan of your identity card)
  • or by mail (you must attach a photocopy of your identity card)

Move

The invitation shall be open to either a return ticket or a lump sum travel allowance.

The return ticket can be used on the local public transport network (bus, coach, metro or tram). You receive it at your JDC.

The amount of the lump sum travel allowance varies depending on where you live:

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Metropole

The lump sum travel allowance shall be €10..

However, when your place of convocation is more than 20 km from your commune, the allowance is €20..

You receive it by letter-check a few weeks after the JDC.

Overseas

The lump sum travel allowance is equal to the expenses incurred to move you, within the limit of maximum ..

JDC schedule

Given the situation related to the coronavirus (Covid-19), the duration of the JDC is now 3 hours 30.

The JDC takes place either in the morning or in the afternoon.

  FYI : if you are an employee or an apprentice, you have an exceptional leave of absence of one day by presenting your summons. Your employer cannot reduce your pay or deduct this day from your leave.

Teachings

During this half day, you will receive:

You also pass tests to evaluate basic French language learning.

Issuance of certificate

At the end of the day, you are given a certificate of participation in the JDC or a notification medical exemption certificate, accompanied by the exemption certificate.

In case of loss or theft

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You did your JDC in France

If you lose or have your certificate stolen, you can request a certificate of administrative status at the center of the national organizing service of your JDC.

You must attach your application:

  • by email, with a scan of your identity card
  • or by mail, with a photocopy of your identity card.

  Please note : from the age of 25, it is not possible to obtain a certificate of administrative status, since it is no longer necessary to justify his situation concerning the JDC when registering for an examination (driving license, ...) or an administrative competition organized by the French public authority.

You did your JDC abroad

You must request certificate of administrative status at the Perpignan National Service Center.

You can contact him by email (preferably) or by mail ..

  Please note : from the age of 25, it is not possible to obtain a certificate of administrative status, since it is no longer necessary to justify his situation concerning the JDC when registering for an examination (driving license, ...) or an administrative competition organized by the French public authority.

Declare a change of situation

After the census and as long as you are not 25 years old, you must inform your National Service Center of any change in your situation:

  • Change of domicile. Any absence from the usual residence for a period of more than 4 months must also be reported.
  • Change in family status
  • Change in employment status

You can make your change of situation declaration:

By mail

Using the form cerfa n°11718 to be sent to the center of the national service concerned:

Statement of Change of Situation - National Service

Cerfa n° 11718*05 - Ministry of Defense
Other number : 106*/09

Before entering exams, competitions, driving license

To register for an exam (BEP, Bachelor's degree, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the french public authority, you must submit:

Before 18 years 

To register for an exam (BEP, Baccalaureate, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the French public authority, you must submit one of the following documents:

  • Census attestation
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (in case of loss or theft of your certificate)
  • If you already have it, your individual certificate of participation in the JDC or your individual exemption certificate to the JDC

18 to 24 years 

To register for an exam (BEP, Baccalaureate, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the French public authority, you must present a document proving your situation regarding the JDC one of the following documents:

  • Individual certificate of participation in the JDC
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Provisional certificate (pending summons to JDC)
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (in case of loss or theft of your certificate)

From 25 years

To register for an exam (BEP, Baccalaureate, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the French public authority, you do not have to provide any proof.

To register for the driving license test in France, you must present:

Before 17 years

To register for the driving license exam in France, you do not have to provide any proof.

17 to 24 years

To register for the driving license exam in France, you must present a document proving your situation regarding the JDC.. These may include:

  • your individual certificate of participation in the JDC
  • or your individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • or a provisional certificate (in case of waiting for the summons to the JDC)
  • or an attestation of administrative status (in case of loss or theft)

From 25 years

To register for the driving license exam in France, you do not have to provide any proof.

Young woman living abroad

If you have completed your military census, you must participate in Defense and Citizenship Day (JDC) 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 authorized not to participate in the JDC [application/pdf - 3.3 MB] ..

The JDC provides information on the following topics:

When you are abroad, once you have registered, you may find yourself in one of the 3 situations:

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A "normal" JDC is organized

It is a day or half a day of theoretical training during which you attend conferences and films.

You are summoned by the consulate. The notice of the meeting comes approximately 3 months before the date of your JDC.

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

If you cannot participate in the JDC on the date set, you must notify the Consulate within 45 days of sending the convocation order.

A "suitable" JDC is organized, taking into account the local context

If, taking into account geographical or political specificities, the Consulate cannot organize a "normal" JDC, it may organize an "appropriate" JDC. This JDC takes the form of an information document.

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

During a stay in France, you will have the opportunity to request to participate in a new JDC, if you wish. You must contact the national service center of your place of residence in France.

No JDC is organized, given the local context

If, taking into account geographical or political specificities, the Consulate cannot organize a "normal" JDC or an adapted JDC, you have the obligation to participate in a JDC in France, as soon as you come to live there before the age of 25. You must then contact the national service center of your place of residence in France.

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

The certificate of participation allows you to prove that you have completed the JDC.

You will have to present this document in case of registration in France for an examination (bachelor's degree, driving license, ...) or an administrative competition before the age of 25.

If your certificate is lost or stolen, you can request certificate of administrative status at the Perpignan National Service Center. You can contact him by email (preferably) or by mail ..

Change of situation

After the census and as long as you are not 25 years old, you must inform your National Service Center of any change in your situation:

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

You can make your change of situation declaration:

By mail

Using the form cerfa n°11718 to be sent to the center of the national service concerned:

Statement of Change of Situation - National Service

Cerfa n° 11718*05 - Ministry of Defense
Other number : 106*/09

Enrollment in examinations or competitions

To register for an exam (BEP, Bachelor's degree, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the french public authority, you must submit:

Before 18 years 

To register for an exam (BEP, Baccalaureate, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the French public authority, you must submit one of the following documents:

  • Census attestation
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (in case of loss or theft of your certificate)
  • If you already have it, your individual certificate of participation in the JDC or your individual exemption certificate to the JDC

18 to 24 years 

To register for an exam (BEP, Baccalaureate, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the French public authority, you must present a document proving your situation regarding the JDC one of the following documents:

  • Individual certificate of participation in the JDC
  • Individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • Provisional certificate (pending summons to JDC)
  • Certificate of Administrative Status (in case of loss or theft of your certificate)

From 25 years

To register for an exam (BEP, Baccalaureate, ...) or an administrative competition subject to the control of the French public authority, you do not have to provide any proof.

To register for the driving license test in France, you must present:

Before 17 years

To register for the driving license exam in France, you do not have to provide any proof.

17 to 24 years

To register for the driving license exam in France, you must present a document proving your situation regarding the JDC.. These may include:

  • your individual certificate of participation in the JDC
  • or your individual exemption certificate to the JDC
  • or a provisional certificate (in case of waiting for the summons to the JDC)
  • or an attestation of administrative status (in case of loss or theft)

From 25 years

To register for the driving license exam in France, you do not have to provide any proof.