Attesting French Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about French Apostille services

Can French documents be legalized by Apostille?

Yes - France is a member of the Apostille Convention.

French documents can be legalized for use abroad with an Apostille Stamp when destined for other signatory countries without additional certification by the destination country.

When French documents are required for non-apostille countries, such as AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - MY MalaysiaMalaysia - TH ThailandThailand - ZM ZambiaZambia - QA QatarQatar they need additional authentication by the embassy of the destination country.

For further information see:
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Submission within the European Union
Certain French documents do not require Apostilles when they are presented to authorities of other European Union countries (the receiving authority should accept the original or a certified copy).

When applying for certain public documents, a multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a French authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority to understand a public document which is in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.
See: EU Multilingual standard formsExternal link (opens in new tab)

French documents not requiring Apostilles include birth, death, marriage certificates, absence of a criminal record (a clean criminal record of a French citizen), certificates of nationality and residence:
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Other French documents, including academic certificates, still require Apostille certification and certified translation to be valid in other EU countries.

Civil status certificates (multilingual extracts from the civil status registers)
French birth, marriage and death certificates) issued in accordance with the conventions of the International Commission on Civil and Civil Status should not require Apostille Stamps when being submitted to one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cape Verde, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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What types of documents can be legalized in France for use abroad?

Public documents that can be legalized in France with Apostille stamps include:

It is also possible to obtain apostilles for documents that have been certified by a French notary, medical certificates issued by registered doctor and other public documents issued by French authorities.

To confirm whether your document is eligible for legalization in France, contact us and we’ll check your document free of charge.

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How can I obtain an apostille for my French Police Background Check?

Apostilles on French Criminal Record Certificates - Extrait de casier judiciaire (bulletin no. 3) are obtained from the Court of Appeal in Rennes (Cour d'appel de Rennes). Apostilles can be obtained by presenting an exact printed copy of the PDF received from the ministry of Justice. The certificate must have been issued within the last six months, although some recipient authorities will require a record no more than three months old. Once the apostille is obtained, we will send the authenticated physical copy to you by courier (worldwide delivery).

If a criminal record is needed for a non-apostille country, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, then instead of an apostille, the certificate needs to be legalized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères).

French police checks submitted in other EU member states should not require apostilles. See Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

For further information, see:
French Apostille service (Extrait de casier judiciaire)

Submission within the European Union
French certificates of no criminal record do not require Apostilles when being submitted to other states of the European Union where the certificate is for a citizen of France and where the criminal record is clean. Non-French nationals may still require an Apostille. For further information, see:
Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

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How can I obtain my French Criminal Record Certificate to use abroad?

A French criminal record certificate - Extrait de casier judiciaire (bulletin no. 3) can be obtained online from Applying for extract from the criminal record (certificate No 3) Casier Judiciaire National - bulletin n°3External link (opens in new tab) (bulletin no. 1 and no. 2 certificates cannot be obtained individually and are not suitable for use abroad).

Extracts are issued free of charge in PDF electronic format that can be printed and then submitted to Apostille or legalization for use abroad. For applicants born in France or applying using FranceConnect allows citizens to use an existing credential to identify themselves electronically to other digital services FranceConnectExternal link (opens in new tab), the certificate is provided within 24 hours, otherwise it can take 5 days following verification of identity.

In France it is illegal for a third party to apply for another person’s criminal record certificate. The applicant must make the application themselves.

Applicants born in Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia or French Polynesia should contact:
 Checking the authenticity of the extract from the criminal record (certificate No 3) without convictions Checking the authenticity a French criminal recordExternal link (opens in new tab)

For further information and assistance, please see:
French Apostille service (Extrait de casier judiciaire)

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How do I obtain an apostille for company registration documents issued in France?

Certified documents providing public information on French companies is available online from infogreffeExternal link (opens in new tab). These documents can be certified for presentation abroad by Apostille at the Court of Appeal or legalized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kbis Extract (Company Incorporation Certificate) - provides a certified snapshot of a French company (identity and address of the company, business activity, legal form, SIREN number, Directors etc.)

Debt Statement (Etat d'endettement) - summarises a company’s registered liens and pledges, outstanding debts.

Articles of Association (Actes et statuts ) - sets out the legal rights and obligations which bind the shareholders of a company.

Annual Accounts (Comptes annuels) - the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement and the notes to the financial statement.

For further information about authenticating and translating company documents issued in France for presentation abroad, please contact us

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How long does it take to obtain an apostille on a document in France?

Apostilles on French documents can be obtained in 1 - 2 weeks,

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I need an apostille for my French criminal record certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

We cannot obtain a French Criminal Record Extract (Extrait de Casier Judiciaire) on your behalf, but certificates can be obtained online free-of-charge:
Applying for extract from the criminal record (certificate No 3) Ministère de la Justice Apply for French criminal record (certificate No 3)External link (opens in new tab)

You will be sent a digital certificate that we can then certify with an apostille from the by obtaining an Apostille stamp from the Court of Appeal in Rennes.
See: France Criminal Record Certificates

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's French Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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I need to submit a French Certificate of no impediment to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting French certificates of marital status to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union.

A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a French authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit a French Criminal Record Certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting French Criminal Record Certificates to another Member State of the European Union when the certificate is issued to a French national and when the criminal record is clean (no convictions). In other cases, the recipient Member State may require an Apostille.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit a French Birth, Death or Marriage certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting French birth, death and marriage certificates to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union. A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a French authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

French birth, marriage and death certificates (multilingual extracts from the civil status registers issued in accordance with the conventions of the International Commission on Civil and Civil Status) should not require Apostille Stamps when being submitted to countries that have acceded to the Vienna CIEC Convention. The following countries are contracting states of the Vienna Convention:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cape Verde, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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Do French Criminal Record Certificates have an expiry?

French Criminal Record Extracts do not expire. But if your certificate is more than 3 months old, you should check with the authority that has requested the certificate that they do not require a new issue.

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How can I verify a French Apostille Stamp?

How can I apostille a translation of a French document?

Official translations in France must be performed by a sworn translator and accompanied by the French original. The sworn translator’s signature must be authenticated by the town hall or notary.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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