How to Get a Police Certificate – France

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Bulletin no. 3

How to get a Police Certificate

If you are a citizen of France:

If you live in France:

If you were born in metropolitan France, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, you can apply on the Ministère de la Justice website (available in French only).

If you were born in the territories of New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna, you must apply to the Tribunal in your place of birth (see the Casier Judicaire National website (available in French only) for contact information).

If you were born outside of France, you should apply in writing, by post or email, to the Casier Judiciaire National (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). The Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only) details all of the information and documents you need to supply with your application.

Further information and online applications can be found on the Criminal Affairs and Pardons section of the Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only).

If you live outside of France:

If you were born in metropolitan France, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, you can apply on the Ministère de la Justice website (available in French only).

If you were born in the territories of New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna, you must apply to the Tribunal in your place of birth (see the Casier Judicaire National website (available in French only) for contact information).

If you were born outside of France, you should apply in writing, by post or email, to the Casier Judiciaire National (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). The Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only) details all of the information and documents you need to supply with your application.

Further information and online applications can be found on the Criminal Affairs and Pardons section of the Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only).

If you are not a citizen of France:

If you live in France:

If you were born in metropolitan France, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, you can apply on the Ministère de la Justice website (available in French only).

If you were born in the territories of New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna, you must apply to the Tribunal in your place of birth (see the Casier Judicaire National website (available in French only) for contact information).

If you were born outside of France, you should apply in writing, by post or email, to the Casier Judiciaire National (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). The Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only) details all of the information and documents you need to supply with your application.

Further information and online applications can be found on the Criminal Affairs and Pardons section of the Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only).

If you live outside of France:

If you were born in metropolitan France, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, you can apply on the Ministère de la Justice website (available in French only).

If you were born in the territories of New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna, you must apply to the Tribunal in your place of birth (see the Casier Judicaire National website (available in French only) for contact information).

If you were born outside of France, you should apply in writing, by post or email, to the Casier Judiciaire National (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). The Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only) details all of the information and documents you need to supply with your application.

Further information and online applications can be found on the Criminal Affairs and Pardons section of the Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only).

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees
  • Consult the Criminal Affairs and Pardons section of the Casier Judiciaire National website (available in French only) for specific documents, dependent on where you were born
  • If you are not a French citizen or if you are a French citizen born in the French territories (New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Fortuna) or outside France, and you are applying by mail, you must provide a scan/photo of a valid ID such as passport, residence permit, national ID card, etc. in PDF, GIF or JPEG format (less than 5 MB in size) or a photocopy of a valid ID.

Special notes and considerations

Do I need a police certificate for International Experience Canada (IEC)?

If you are a citizen of France, you do not need to provide a police certificate from this country with your application. However, an IRCC officer may request one at a later date.

You must provide police certificates for all other countries or territories where you have lived for a total of six months or more since your 18th birthday.

Casier Judiciaire National
107 rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1

Website: Casier Judiciaire National (available in French only)

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