Issuance of Certificates of existence (certificats de vie ou attestations d’existence)
Certificates of existence are to be obtained from local US authorities exclusively.
Circular n°2001/31 of May 3rd, 2001 from the Caisse nationale d’assurance vieillesse (CNAV) states that in order to obtain a certificate of existence, the person concerned must report to the local authorities (City or Town Hall, Police Station, etc.). As such, a multilingual form has been created, which you can download below:
The Consulate General of France in New Orleans therefore reminds you that we no longer issue certificates of existence. We invite you to turn to local authorities for this process:
- public notary;
- police (sheriff);
- justice (clerk of circuit court, criminal court, family court, juvenile services, probate court, small claims court, traffic court...) ;
- City hall (city clerk...).
05/07/1945 in French translates 07/05/1945 in the US.
You must make sure all the dates on your form are written the French way.