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Old Nov 15th 2016, 2:18 pm
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I found the following link on the Spain forum (thanks to BIP). Maybe it can become a Sticky here?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conven...Status_Records

If you were born, marry or die in France, the parents/couple/children can request multilingual Certificates from the Town Hall of the Communes where these events happened.
They are very useful as they avoid having to pay for Certified Translations of the original Certificates, although AFAIK they aren't valid on their own, they simply accompany the original valid Certificates.
A pity that the UK didn't sign the Convention but, on the other hand, British Expats keep French (and other European) Certified Translators in business!
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Old Nov 15th 2016, 3:04 pm
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Default Re: multilingual birth/marriage/death certificates

Originally Posted by dmu
I found the following link on the Spain forum (thanks to BIP). Maybe it can become a Sticky here?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conven...Status_Records

If you were born, marry or die in France, the parents/couple/children can request multilingual Certificates from the Town Hall of the Communes where these events happened.
They are very useful as they avoid having to pay for Certified Translations of the original Certificates, although AFAIK they aren't valid on their own, they simply accompany the original valid Certificates.
A pity that the UK didn't sign the Convention but, on the other hand, British Expats keep French (and other European) Certified Translators in business!
Yes oh and I have to pay for 12 at 45 euro each for our application for French citizenship.
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https://www.service-public.fr/partic...osdroits/F1374

"La délivrance est gratuite" (for the countries/languages* listed).

*As previously mentioned, English isn't one of 'em.
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The certificates are free from the mairie. You can often order them online. They don't need to be accompanied by the French language certificate unless the copie intégrale is explicitly requested in which you'll need to provide a translation anyway.
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Default Re: multilingual birth/marriage/death certificates

Originally Posted by dmu
Maybe it can become a Sticky here?
I have added it to FAQS
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Old Nov 16th 2016, 6:54 am
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I have added it to FAQS
Thank you!
And I hope that you and yours are OK after the earthquake
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Old Nov 17th 2016, 12:07 pm
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Default Re: multilingual birth/marriage/death certificates

Originally Posted by dmu
They are very useful as they avoid having to pay for Certified Translations of the original Certificates, although AFAIK they aren't valid on their own,
What's the point of having them if you still need a certified translation of the original with all the proper stamps etc?

I can state that just as recently as August this year, HMPO accepted two of these international format certificates from Italy for a passport application. One certificate was my son's Italian birth certificate and the other was his father's.
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Originally Posted by Lorna at Vicenza
What's the point of having them if you still need a certified translation of the original with all the proper stamps etc?

I can state that just as recently as August this year, HMPO accepted two of these international format certificates from Italy for a passport application. One certificate was my son's Italian birth certificate and the other was his father's.

I was thinking more of Marriage Certificates which a poster was asking about in another thread. Not knowing what the future held when I got married here, I requested a multilingual Certificate, but as I haven't left France since, I haven't needed to present it in another country.
The link just happens to include births and deaths, and, not knowing where one's "European" children will end up in the world, IMO the existence of these multilingual certificates might serve them in the future...
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