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  • 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 to improve the delivery times of passports and national identity cards. The average issuance is currently 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 processing these documents had been seen due to 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 for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Ministry of Interior, France

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