Passport

What is a passport? Where can I ask for a passport?

A passport is an official document issued by the French Administration, when living abroad the consulate/embassy issues it. It proves your identity and allows you to travel abroad outside the EU.

The “biometric” passport contains a chip with personal information that protects it from fraud.

Parents who are applying for a passport for their child under 6, must check their heights and colour of the eyes before applying, as this information will be on the passport.

How long does it take to get a passport?

It can take several weeks to issue a passport as they are all produced in France. The consulate cannot intervene in the process of making the passport, therefore it is strongly advised to request it early enough to avoid disappointment if you have to travel.

What is the procedure to collect a passport?

The passport holder, whatever his/her age, must come in person to collect his/her new passport, and must return the previous one, as it belongs to the French State.

Parents or legal guardians of under 18s must bring their family book or any documentation proving parental authority.

If you have not collected your passport within 3 months of the “ready” date click here to know if it is ready to collect, it will be destroyed.

You don’t need an appointment to collect your passport:
- Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 4.45pm
- Friday: 9.00am to 3pm

Why is an adult passport valid longer than a child one’s?

Children undergo fast physical changes; therefore it is easy to identify them when their passport is renewed every 5 years.

Theft/loss of your passport

Published on 05/02/2013

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