France: Plan for Reducing Identification Document Processing Time Delays

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points 

  • New measures introduced by the French government to reduce the processing time for new passports and national identity cards  


The French government introduced an emergency plan aimed at improving the delivery times of passports and national identity cards. The average issuance is currently at 65 days for these documents, however, in some municipalities throughout the state waiting times can be as long as 100 days. In response to these long delays, the government will implement the following steps: 

  • Add 400 new devices for collecting title applications; 
  • Extend the operational hours of the municipal offices responsible for the issuance of these documents; 
  • Prioritize the issuance of new national identity cards and passports for professional purposes and those with immediate travel needs;
  • Expand the use of the online pre-application system on the website of the National Agency for Secured Documents; 
  • Increase the number of appointment time slots for applicants;  
  • Increasing the workforce of municipal offices. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of France introduced new measures to help reduce processing times for passport and national identity card renewals. The government stated that heavy delays in the processing of these documents have been seen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Looking Ahead  

These new measures are expected to be implemented within the next few weeks. Continue to check the government of France’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.