Apostille French Civil Status Records

Apostille Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates in France for use in Europe and abroad

Apostille French Birth death marriage certificates
We certify Acts of Civil Status issued in France, when required for presentation to authorities abroad, including extracts of Birth, Marriage and Death records.

We can obtain apostille stamps to certify extracts and copies of French birth, marriage and death certificates (Acte d'état civil: Acte de naissance, de reconnaissance, de mariage ou de décès) from the Court of Appeal.

Authorities of countries that have signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents Hague Apostille ConventionExternal link (opens in new tab) will recognise the Apostille directly as confirmation of authenticity. The Apostille process normally takes 1-2 weeks from receipt of the original document.

When required for submission to countries that do not recognise Apostilles (e.g. QA QatarQatar - KW KuwaitKuwait - AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - VN VietnamVietnam), we legalize original certificates at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then at the embassy of the recipient country in Paris.

Apostilled and legalized certificates are delivered to clients worldwide by secure courier.

To legalize a French Civil Status Certificates, we need an original certificate issued by the Town Hall (Marie) for acts registered in France, or by Service Central d'État Civil - births, marriages or deaths registered by French consulates abroad.

The certificate must have been issued within the last 3 months.

To obtain an Apostille on a French Family Book (Livret de famille), you can send us a certified copy (copie certifiée) of the original book made at a French town hall, notary or consulate abroad.

Extracts from French civil status records should not require an Apostille Stamp if being submitted to the authorities of another EU country.

European Union

Submission within the European Union
French certificates of civil status (marriage, death and birth certificates) do not require an Apostille stamp when required for submission in another Member State of the European Union. For further information, see:
Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

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.

How to obtain a copy of a French Act of Civil Status

We can obtain French death certificates and short form birth and marriage certificates for clients outside France requiring apostilles, but long form birth and marriage certificates must be requested directly by the parties named in the certificate or immediate family.

If you need to obtain a certificate for an apostille and need advice on how to obtain a valid copy, please contact us.

  • French Birth Certificate

    There are 3 types of Birth Certificate (Acte de naissance) available in France:

    Full copy (Copie intégrale) - a long form certificate that includes all the information available in the civil register, including given names, surname, sex, date and place of birth and details of parents. This is the type of certificate required for most legal procedures, including visa and residency applications.

    Extract with details of parents (Extrait d’acte de naissance avec filiation ) - a long form certificate with a summary of the details available in the civil register, including details of parents. A standard Plurilingual form is also available with an official translation into other European languages (may take longer to receive).

    Extract without details of parents (Extrait d’acte de naissance sans filiation) - a short form certificate with a summary of the details available in the civil register, without details of parents.

    The full copy and extract with details of parents can only be obtained by the person named or immediate family. An extract without details of parents can be obtained by anyone without justification.

    Birth Certificates can be obtained directly from the town hall of the municipality where the birth was registered. For most municipalities, certificates can be ordered online and will be delivered to the applicant by post; otherwise, applications can be made by mail by writing to the town hall directly. Certificates are issued free of charge, normally within a few days (20 days for births registered abroad).

    Birth certificates will include marginal endorsements added automatically by the civil registry to reference subsequent relevant events such as a change of name or gender, marriage or death.

  • French Marriage Certificate

    There are 3 types of Marriage Certificate in France (Acte de mariage) available in France:

    Full copy (Copie intégrale)

    Extract with details of parents (Extrait d’acte de mariage avec filiation)

    Short form Extract without details of parents (Extrait d’acte de mariage sans filiation).

    Certificates will include marginal endorsements made automatically by the civil registry, referencing relevant subsequent events such as a divorce).

    Marriage certificates are issued free of charge and take a few days to arrive (marriages in France) or 20 days (marriages outside France)

  • French Death Certificate

    Death Certificates in France (Acte de décès - Copie intégrale) are issued free of charge and available without restriction. Applications for copies can be made online or by post to the town hall where the death took place.r

Certified translations of French death, marriage and birth certificates

When presenting French marriage, death and birth certificates and other vital records in countries outside the EU which do not have French as an official language, then a certified translation may be required. The certified translation must meet the requirements of the destination country, so that, to be valid, a translation done locally in France must be certified with an additional apostille. To obtain a French apostille on a translation of an official document, the translator certifying the translation must be registered with the Court of Appeal (traducteur agréé).

For further information about our French apostille service and about legalizing birth, death and marriage certificates issued in France for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or send us an email us. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

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.

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