Criminal Records come in three forms (called bulletins).
Bulletin no. 1
This comprises a list of all convictions and judgments in the criminal record. It is issued only to judicial authorities.
The person concerned may apply in writing to the public prosecutor at the local district court for a verbal report.
Bulletin no. 2
This comprises most of the convictions for felonies and misdemeanors with the exception of sentences given to minors and suspended sentences considered cancelled.
It is issued only to certain administrative or military authorities for specific reasons (access to certain occupations, to receive certain honors, for example). It is never issued to an individual. If the document is sought by an administrative authority, that authority must request it directly from the Casier judiciaire national.
Bulletin no. 3
This comprises only convictions for crimes and misdemeanors resulting in sentences of two or more years’ imprisonment, along with any current disqualifications or deprivations.
It may only be issued to the person concerned or, in the case of a minor or a judicially protected adult, to his/her legal representative. is strictly personal: any application for this Casier judiciaire must be signed by the person concerned and his/her personal address indicated. Under no circumstances will it be issued to a third party, even for a person who is deceased.
If the applicant does not know how or is unable to sign, this fact shall be noted by the mayor or commissioner of police who shall attest at the same time that the application is made in the name of and on the initiative of the person whom the bulletin concerns (Article R.82 of the Code de Procédure Pénale).
Application for Bulletin no. 3
If you were born in metropolitan France, in a French Overseas Department or abroad, you must apply at the ‘Casier judiciaire national’ online ‘Casier judiciaire national’.
Please note that the Casier judiciaire national cannot issue a statement declaring that you have had no convictions. It is up to you to make such a declaration, affirming that you have had no criminal conviction, civil or administrative sanction preventing you from exercising a commercial activity or managing or heading a legal entity.
The casier judiciaire is issued free of charge in all cases. There is no need to send a stamped envelope.
If the casier judiciaire contains convictions or disqualifications or deprivations, it is issued to the applicant in person or sent by registered letter with receipt requested.
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