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Attention: the documents issued for the marriage of Canadian citizens in France have changed recently. Please see instructions below.

Assistance to Canadians

You Wish to Get Married in France?

If you are coming to France to get married and settle down, you will have to have a long-term visa prior to arrival on French territory. The visa application must be made in Canada at the French consulate nearest to where you live.

The Embassy of Canada does not celebrate marriage. To celebrate a marriage in France, you have to contact your (or your spouse’s) local City Hall (Mairie) in France to obtain the list of documents that are required. In France, it is mandatory to perform a civil marriage at your local City Hall before an optional religious ceremony. You will find detailed information on French administration requirements to get married in France @ http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/particuliers/F930.xhtml (French only).

The City Hall will ask you to present documentation attesting to your civil status and your identity to insure that the marriage meets legal requirements. The Consular service of the Embassy of Canada or the Authentication Services Section (JLAC) of Global Affairs Canada can help you to obtain the requested documentation.

We invite you to read carefuly the information below to submit a file that is in line with your personnal situation. If you want to obtain the documents in Canada, read carafuly the intructions provided on JLAC's website.

Which document can I get from the Consular service of the Embassy of Canada or from the Authentication Services Section (JLAC) of Global Affairs Canada to get married in France?

The Consular service of the Embassy of Canada in Paris or the Authentication Services Section (JLAC) of Global Affairs Canada can issue a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad. This document is nominative and issued at your request; it replaces the Certificat de coutume and the Certificat de capacité matrimoniale requested by the Mairie in France.

To obtain a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad from the Consular service of the Embassy of Canada in Paris, please send us the following documentation: 

  • A photocopy of your valid Canadian passport (only pages 2 and 3) ;  
  • If you were born in Canada: a copy of your Canadian birth certificate issued by the provincial office;
  • If you were born outside Canada: a photocopy of both sides of your Canadian citizenship card or certificate;
  • An original statutory declaration including your name, residential address, present marital status and the name, the citizenship and residential address of future spouse. This statutory declaration must be in French and mention the date and place of the signature and signed in front of a lawyer, notary public or commissioner of oaths in Canada or signed in front of a lawyer, a notary or an official who is entitled to witness sworn statements at your local Mairie in France. If you are abroad, you also have the possibility to sign this statement in an office of the Government of Canada abroad;
  • The the following text can be used as an example of statutory declaration: 

Je soussigné(e) [your full name] citoyen(ne) canadien(ne) né(e) le [your date of birth] et résidant au [your detailed residential address], déclare solennellement par la présente être [choose the option that fits your personal situation : single, divorced or widowed] et libre de contracter un mariage avec [full name of the spouse], citoyen [spouse’s nationality] résidant au [your spouse’s detailed residential address].

  • If you have been married in the past: a certified copy of your divorce certificate or a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse;
  • A payment of $50.00 can or the equivalent amount in euros;
  • A short letter explaining your request that includes the name and detailed address for the return of the documents, please also include your email and telephone number in case we need to reach you.

 Your application should be sent to:

Embassy of Canada
Consular service / Notarial service
35 avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris
France

It takes 15 working days to process (excluding postal delays). Your documents will be returned by registered mail without extra cost. All incompleted dossier will be returned to the sender.

The local authorities are asking for a birth certificate with « filiation » and with a legalization stamp. Which document should I provide them?

The French Mairies usually ask for an original birth certificate, that includes the information on the parents. To meet the Mairie requirements, the document usually must:

If you were born in Canada, you can apply for this document at the vital statistics office of your province of birth

How can I obtain a legalization of my Canadian long form birth certificate?

The Consular service of the Embassy of Canada can process the legalization of your long form birth certificate, if you submit your application including:

  • The original Canadian long form birth certificate;
  • A payment of $50.00can or the equivalent in euros;
  • A short letter explaining your request that includes the name and detailed address for the return of the documents, please also include your email and telephone number in case we need to reach you.

NOTE: If you are applying for a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad AND the legalization of your long form birth certificate at the same time, please submit those application in the same enveloppe and include a single payment of $100.00can.

How should I procced if a translation is needed?

If your document is only in English, you will have to obtain a translation. According to our information, the French authorities request that this translation be done by “traducteur assermenté auprès de la cour d’appel" (see list on this link).

If you already have a translation of the document from Canada, make sure you have this document notarized before you leave Canada, so that we will be able to legalize the document if needed.  

Which document do I need if I was born outside of Canada ?

If you were not born in Canada, you will have to provide the French administration with your birth certificate from your country of birth, have the document translated if need be, and have this document legalized by the issuing authorities. If you are in France, the Embassy of your country of birth in France will be in a position to inform you about this.

How can I obtain the legalization of other Canadian documents to complete my marriage file with the French authorities?

If the local authorities are requesting the legalization of other documents such as a marriage search document, a divorce certificate, a death certificate, a notarized translation made in Canada or a change of name certificate, you just have to include it in your application along with a payment of $50.00can per document.

The legalization procedure is also described on our website.

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Date Modified:
2017-03-17