Getting married in France

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Hi, I've read a lot of the information available about the requirements for  UK french residents wishing to marry in France. I notice the birth certificate for a UK citizen has to be less than 6 months old. Does this mean that my original birth certificate will not be accepted? Do I need to apply for a new copy?Has anyone experienced this please?T.I.A.Anne

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Melou 1519062974

Hi Anne

Sorry that no-one has responded to you locally . . . It is not your actual Certificate of Birth that matters, it is the legally acceptable formal translation that needs to be less than 6 months old. You need an accredited translator to provide this - start with the Directory button on the top banner of this page.

The key thing, of course, is to go into your Mairie and check with them - it is your maire who will actually marry you, whatever else you decide to do with regard to a church service, or booking a venue (which may be licensed for weddings).

anne.dekapp-327530 1519072800


Thanks V. much.

I've been to the Mairie and they showed me the acte de naisance register, which is progressive and records marriages, divorces etc. and is therefore (I think) a real-time record of an individual's status. I can understand why there is a 'time limit' on this, for a french citizen, if you ask for a copy, but, of course, there is nothing similar in UK. Unfortunately they couldn't help with how to deal with 'etrangers' (it's a small, very parochial, commune).

Thanks again..the translation will be new, in time for the marriage.

rgds Anne

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