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 a police certificate for International Experience Canada (IEC)?

If you’re a citizen of France, you don’t 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’ve lived for a total of 6 months or more since your 18th birthday.

Name of the document you need

Bulletin no. 3

Applying for permanent residence

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada.

How to apply

Answer the following question to find out how to get a police certificate from France.

Were you born in one of the French territories (New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna)?

If you were born in one of the French territories (New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna)

You must apply to the Tribunal in your place of birth (see the list of the tribunals on the Casier Judiciaire National website for contact information).

You must provide:

  • a scan/photo (both sides) of a valid piece of ID such as passport, residence permit, national ID card, etc. in PDF, GIF or JPEG format (less than 5 MB in size) if applying online or
  • a photocopy (both sides) of a valid ID if applying by mail

Contact information

Casier judiciaire national, 44317 Nantes cedex 3

Casier Judiciaire National website (available in English, French, German and Spanish)

If you were not born in one of the French territories (New-Caledonia, French Polynesia or Wallis & Futuna)

You can apply on the Casier Judiciaire National website (available in English, French, German and Spanish).

If you were born outside of France, you must provide:

  • a scan/photo (both sides) of a valid piece of ID such as passport, residence permit, national ID card, etc. in PDF, GIF or JPEG format (less than 5 MB in size) if applying online or
  • a photocopy (both sides) of a valid ID if applying by mail

Contact information

Casier judiciaire national, 44317 Nantes cedex 3

Casier Judiciaire National website (available in English, French, German and Spanish)

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