Criminal Record Check in France

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Christopher Hobbs
06 Feb 2024

Service Details

Criminal Record Check

This service is available across France

Who Is This Service For?

This service is vital for individuals who need to present a clean criminal record for various purposes, such as employment, volunteering, or various legal procedures. It is particularly relevant for those applying for positions that require high levels of trust and responsibility.

Who Is This Service For?


To request a criminal record check in France (Bulletin n°3), the individual must:

  • Be a French national or a foreign resident in France (or request via an authorised professional e.g. lawyer)
  • Provide valid identification.
  • If born outside of France, include a copy of their birth certificate.


  1. Initial Assessment: Determine the client's eligibility and specific requirements for the criminal record check.
  2. Document Preparation: Assist in gathering necessary personal documents and completing the request form.
  3. Online or Postal Submission: Submit the request either online through the Ministry of Justice’s teleservice or via postal service.
  4. Response Handling: Receive the criminal record check via email or postal mail, depending on the client’s preference and the nature of the record.

Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

  • Confidential Handling: Ensure the confidential and secure management of personal information.
  • Efficient Processing: Facilitate a swift and hassle-free request procedure.
  • Clear Guidance: Provide clear instructions on obtaining and interpreting the criminal record check.
Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

Key Elements of this Service

  • Accessibility: Service available for both French nationals and foreign residents.
  • Government Charges: The request for a criminal record check (Bulletin n°3) does not incur a Government administrative fee.
  • Validity: The criminal record check does not have a statutory validity period; however, organizations typically request a recent document, usually less than three months old.
  • Comprehensive Check: The Bulletin n°3 includes convictions, sentences, and prohibitions recorded in France.
  • Privacy Compliance: Adherence to French privacy laws and regulations regarding the handling of criminal records.
Key Elements of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Why choose Advocate Abroad?