The Certificate of French Nationality (CNF)
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The French nationality certificate is an official document used to prove French nationality. It indicates the legal provision according to which the plaintiff has the quality of French as well as the documents which made it possible to establish it.
Article 30 of the Civil Code "The burden of proof, in matters of French nationality, lies with the person whose nationality is in question".
Article 31 of the Civil Code: "The Chief Clerk of the Court of First Instance" has the sole capacity to issue a certificate of French nationality to any person proving that he has that nationality ".
Depending on your situation, please contact the following services:
If you are born and domiciled outside France:
COURT OF INSTANCE OF PARIS
POLE OF NATIONALITY - SERVICE OF THE NATIONALITY OF FRENCH ESTABLISHED OUTSIDE FRANCE
PARLIAMENT OF THE TRIBUNAL OF PARIS
75859 PARIS CEDEX 17
Tel: 011 33 1 44 32 51 51
Fax: 011 33 1 44 32 92 81
For more information on this subject you can consult the Portal of the litigant: https://www.justice.fr/
If you were born in France: Court of Instance of your place of birth.
If you were born in Paris and reside outside France: Court of Instance of Paris, Pole of the nationality, Service of the nationality of the French established outside France, Parvis of the Court of Paris, 75859 Paris Cedex 17.
If you are domiciled in France: Court of Instance of your place of residence.
Requests must be made directly to one of the courts named above and accompanied by the documents listed in the attached list of attachments:
Link to pdf with application form and list of needed documents (in French)
The Consulate General of France in Washington is not competent for the processing of CNF files.
Please note that the deadlines for obtaining a French nationality certificate can be very long and it is useless to contact the nationality department of this consulate which is not authorized to intervene in this type of procedure.
Based on this information, you must apply for this certificate.
- if it is issued, then it is proof of Citizenship
- upon which a Passport can be issued
- if not, then you are not eligible
Fill out the form from the link and supply requested documentation.
Supply certified copies of your mothers documentation about the regaining of citizenship and a letter (in French) explaining the situation and that you are a child claiming citizenship based on your mother's (regained) citizenship.
With that the situation should be clear and you will recieve either a yes or no answer.