FRANCE ID CARD
To obtain a France Id Card , you need first to make an appointment online with one of our agents at the French Consulate General. On the day of the appointment, you need to arrive with the required documents according to your situation: if you are a minor, if this is the first request or a renewal.
How to Obtain Your France ID Card Hassle-Free
If you’re planning to obtain a France ID card, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the entire process, step by step, ensuring that you’re well-prepared and informed. From making an appointment to understanding the validity period, we’ve got you covered with all the essential information you need.
Making an Appointment at the French Consulate General
To kickstart the process of obtaining your France ID card, you’ll need to make an appointment online with one of our dedicated agents at the French Consulate General. It’s crucial to schedule your appointment in advance to ensure a smooth experience.
Required Documents for Your Appointment
The documents you need to bring to your appointment depend on your specific situation. Here’s a breakdown:
If you are applying for a France ID card for a minor, you must ensure you have the following documents:
- Birth certificate stating filial relationship
- Valid consular card
For First-Time Applicants
If this is your first time applying for a France ID card, the required documents are as follows:
- Old, expired France ID card (if applicable)
- Two recent photographs (complying with specific quality and inscription guidelines)
- Full copy of your birth certificate stating filial relationship, or a copy of the family record book (“livret de famille”) belonging to you or your parents
- A valid consular card
When renewing your France ID card, you’ll need:
- Your old, expired France ID card
- Two recent photographs (meeting the specified quality and inscription criteria)
- A valid consular card
It’s worth noting that national ID cards are issued free of charge for first-time applicants and for renewals, provided you can present your old card. However, if you cannot produce your old card during the renewal process, a fee of 25 € will be charged.
Extending the Validity Period
As of January 1, 2014, the validity period for national identity cards was extended from 10 to 15 years for adults aged 18 and above. This extension applies to two categories:
New Secure Identity Cards
If you were issued a new secure identity card (plastic card) as an adult between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2013, your card’s validity will automatically be extended by 5 years, with no additional procedure required.
Secure Identity Cards Issued Between 2004 and 2013
For those who received secure identity cards (plastic cards) between January 2, 2004, and December 31, 2013, the same 5-year extension applies automatically. There is no need to visit the Consulate for this extension, and the date of validity written on your card remains unchanged.
Using Your France ID Card for Travel
Your France ID card can be used as a travel document in various countries. These include:
- European Union countries
- Schengen zone countries
- Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican, San Marino
- Albania, ex/former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia
- Tunisia (for those with dual citizenship or participating in group trips organized by a travel agent)
- Morocco (for those with dual citizenship or participating in group trips organized by a travel agent)
It’s important to note that while the France ID card is accepted in these countries, it’s advisable to use a valid passport if possible, especially if recommended by French authorities, to avoid any inconveniences during your stay.
A Reminder About Identity Documents and Visas
Before traveling to any destination, it’s crucial to check the required documents (national identity card, passport, visa) for entry and stay. You can obtain this information from the Embassy or Consulate of the relevant country in France. Many countries outside the EU require passports to be valid for several months after your planned return to France.
For EU travel, a valid national identity card is usually sufficient. However, for non-EU destinations, ensure your passport meets the necessary validity criteria. Additionally, it’s a good practice to keep copies of your documents at home, in case of loss or theft abroad, and have at least two identity photos on hand.
For added security, the Department of Foreign Affairs recommends saving your documents on the mon.service-public.fr website, where you can create a personalized, confidential, and free storage space accessible 24/7. In the event of lost or stolen documents, having them stored online can streamline the process of proving your identity.
Should your passport or national identity card be lost or stolen during a trip abroad, the first step is to make a statement at the local police station. Based on this statement, the Embassy or Consulate of France can issue a pass or emergency passport, though fees may apply, and this procedure can take some time.
For comprehensive information on requesting or renewing your national identity card, please visit the Ministry of the Interior’s website.