Australian Embassy
Algeria, Chad, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco

Marriage and PACS in France

Marriage in France

Please note that marriages are not performed at Australian embassies or missions.

To be legally recognized, a marriage in France must take place at a Town Hall (Mairie).
The Town Hall must be either the Town Hall where one of the applicants was born, or the Town Hall of the district where one of the applicants is currently registered as a resident.
We invite you to make direct contact with the local Mairie in order to obtain their requirements which are as follows:
- At least one of the applicants must be either a French citizen or a legal resident of France.
- Most Town Halls take approximately 4-6 weeks to process the application, which has to be accompanied by the following items:

1/ -Certificate of no impediment  to Marriage (or known as certificat de Coutume)
Once you have completed the application (Certificat de coutume) the Embassy will issue an Attestation (in French language) within 10 working days and the attestation will be available for collection from the Embassy or can be sent to the address of your choice in France or in Australia.   

2/ -Full birth certificate (Please check with your local mairie the information in relation to the required validity of the document) with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia.
(Please note that the Apostille can be delivered at the Australian Embassy in Paris)
For further information on how to obtain an Apostille on an original document, please refer to this website under "Notarial services" in Consular

3/ Translation of a birth certificate  (by a sworn translator). (Refer to "Sworn Translators" on Consular page on webiste).
4/ Valid passport.
5/ Statement of no previous marriage (that you can obtain from the appropriate Birth Death and Marriage registrar's office in your state of birth in Australia), with translation (please note that we cannot deliver this document at the Australian Embassy in Paris).
6/ Divorce certificate (if applicable), with an english translation (by a sworn translator). (Refer to "Sworn Translators" on the Consular page on the Embassy's website).
7/ French ID resident's card (if available).

In addition to providing the above mentioned documents, the applicants may also be required to undergo a medical examination and blood tests. (please check with the local mairie for those details).
Once the completed, the  dossier must be delivered to the Mairie (Town Hall), and a waiting period of 28 days may apply before the marriage can take place.
Please check with your local Mairie (Town Hall) for the accurate information required from the French authorities. 

Credit card charge form (in order for the Embassy to charge your credit card for the processing fee).
The turn around time to deliver the attestation is 10 working days.
Please provide a self addressed stamped envelope with an address of your choice in France for the delivery of the attestation.

PACS in France

Pacs is a legal protocol in France that formally recognises both opposite sex and same sex common law relationships. 

The Embassy does not deliver a certificat de coutume for PACS, neverthless you can print the following attestation which will be accepted by the French Authorities.

For any further information, please email us your request to: