France: notarial and documentary services

How someone in France can get documents certified, united or legalised, have a document prepared in English or the local language and view informative notes.

Make a certified copy of a document

You will need to contact a local notary or lawyer.

The Consular services of the British Embassy Paris only provide certified copies of a British passport where the requesting authority and the applicant can provide written evidence that no other alternative notarial body can perform this act. We will only then consider your application for notarial services. If you cannot provide us with this proof, we are unable to conduct this service.

The British embassy cannot provide this service where the requesting authority is a bank or other financial organisation. We cannot certify a copy of a birth certificate. If you require a copy of a birth certificate, you need to apply via the General Register Office (GRO)

Services we provide in France

Consular staff in Paris can issue certificates of custom for marriage.

For documents relating to marriage and PACS

We issue these through postal application only, not in person.

You can obtain information on how to request a certificate of customs, certificat de celibat, or notice of marriage here. If you need confirmation that your marriage in France is recognised by UK law or a confirmation of marital status, please download this informative note and show it to the requesting authority.

Recognition of Marriage and Marital Status (FR)

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If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, please see other services provided by the British embassy in France.

Other services we provide

The Consular Services of the British Embassy in Paris can legalise the signature of officials of the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and of the French Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes for use in countries that have not signed the Hague Convention of 5 October 1965 only.

Documents must be sent by postal application. Payment can be made by Mastercard or Visa, Mandat Cash or Bankers Cheque only. You must include a pre-paid self-addressed envelope (registered post/Chronopost/or similar) otherwise we cannot return your documents.

Applications are usually completed within 15 working days of receipt however due to the COVID-19 situation in France we are unable to guarantee this time frame. If you need to speak to us about this service please see our contact details.

Send your application to:

British Embassy
Consular Services – Legalisations
BP 111 – 08
75363 CEDEX 08

Download an application and payment form for legalisations

See the list of fees and payment options

You can get certain official UK documents ‘legalised’ by asking the Legalisation Office to confirm that the signature, stamp or seal is from a UK public official.

Services provided elsewhere

Life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad can be provided by those on this list

If getting a life certificate in English will be difficult for you, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will accept a French life certificate (certificat de vie), which you can obtain from the French authorities.

Data protection

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy / consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCDO and the British embassy / consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.

Published 12 April 2013
Last updated 7 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on requesting a copy of a birth certificate.

  2. Now processing Certificates of Custom

  3. Changes to notarial and marriage work due to Covid-19 situation

  4. Published Informative Notes on Name Change

  5. Added information about documentation for children´s documentation

  6. update to Application for a Certified Copy of a Valid British Passport attachment

  7. Updated application form for Certified copy of valid British passport

  8. We provide certified copies of British passport by postal application and by appointment.

  9. Certified copy of a British passport service has changed from an appointment to postal service.

  10. The article was fully re-written in line with the new appointment booking system put in place in Paris in December 2015.

  11. Update to appointments information for notarial services.

  12. Update on how to book an appointment for a notarial act or certificate.

  13. Update to legalisation service (now a postal service only)

  14. Removed Clickbook links for Bordeaux and Marseille.

  15. Added Clickbook links for Bordeaux and Marseille.

  16. Appointment booking now back to Clickbook system.

  17. Booking appointment process for notarial acts and certificates has changed at British Consulate General in Paris.

  18. Appointment booking process updated for centralised notarial services in Paris.

  19. Hyperlinks added for online booking for Marseille and Bordeaux consulates

  20. Updated link for notaries and removal of life certificate service for Pension Service.

  21. Added Giving notice of marriage as a service

  22. First published.