Moving to France

If you reside in the circumscription of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles (States of Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado), the Consulate may issue a Change of Residence Certificate, allowing you to deliver your personal belongings without paying customs tax.

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This Certificate must be given to the French customs authorities, a procedure generally done by the mover.

The Certificate may be issued by the Consulate only if you have not resided in the European Union for over 12 consecutive months, and after providing the following documents:

For French citizens registered at the Consulate:

- A signed letter applying for a Change of Residence Certificate, mentioning the date of your departure (not your container’s) and your future address in France

- French passport

- Proof of legal status in the United States (visa, green card or American passport);

For registerd French Citizens, this certificate is free of charge.

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(PDF - 78 kb)

For unregistered French citizens (also applies to those who registered less than 12 months ago)

- A signed letter applying for a Change of Residence Certificate, mentioning the date of your departure (not your container’s) and your future address in France

- French passport

- Proof of legal status in the United States (visa, green card or American passport)

- Proof of residency outside France over the 12 previous months (one of the following: 12 latest phone or electricity bills, or a “summary statement” obtainable upon request from these providers; 12 latest paystubs, household insurance or auto insurance; lease; tax return).

- The following form, for the 21€ fee, payable in dollars.

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(PDF - 78 kb)

For nationals of other countries

- A signed letter applying for a Change of Residence Certificate, mentioning the date of your departure (not your container’s) and your future address in France

- a copy of your passport (ID page);

- all documents pertaining to your actual installation in France for more than 6 months:
- carte de séjour;
- long stay visas, visa with the following indication "carte de séjour à solliciter"...
- for visa exempt nationalities (Europeas, Icelanders, Suiss...), any other official documents proving your coming settlement in France;

- Proof of residency outside France over the 12 previous months (one of the following: 12 latest phone or electricity bills, or a “summary statement” obtainable upon request from these providers; 12 latest paystubs, household insurance or auto insurance; lease; tax return).

- The following form, for the 21€ fee, payable in dollars.

PDF - 78 kb
(PDF - 78 kb)

For more information, please contact :

INFO SERVICES OF THE GENERAL DIRECTORY OF FRENCH CUSTOMS
Website: www.douane.gouv.fr
Landline local call
From overseas: +33 1 72 40 78 50
précédé du préfixe de sortie .
E-mail: ids@douane.finances.gouv.fr

Last modified on 05/07/2019

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