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How do you replace a lost French residency card and at what cost?

If you have lost your carte de séjour, there is a specific procedure to follow

Reader Question: My husband lost his carte de séjour and we're not sure of how to obtain a replacement. We've also read that it will cost either €25 or €225. Is my carte de séjour (still safe and sound) affected, given that we are married and my status here is linked to him? 

If your husband lost his carte de séjour abroad, he must report the loss to the local police, and then to the French consulate in the country in question. 

He must then request a re-entry visa (visa de retour) from the consulate in order to return to France to avoid being seen as a non-resident by border control authorities and having his passport wrongly stamped.

If the card was lost in France, he can skip straight to replacing the card.

To replace the card you need to apply through France’s interior ministry website.

The replacement card is called a duplicata, and the process to be carried out varies depending on the type of residence permit. 

If, for example, a person has a 10-year carte de séjour, they will need to provide: 

  • A sworn statement (déclaration sur l’honneur) explaining that you have lost your titre de séjour 

  • A photocopy of the lost card if you have one

  • Your passport

  • Your birth certificate

  • The carte de séjour or carte d’identité of their spouse and their marriage certificate if they are married

  • Proof of address from the last three months

  • Three photos of themselves

  • Proof of payment for the new card

Since you will also have to provide an image of your carte de séjour, your husband’s new document will still be linked to yours. 

Further information on the documents to be provided can be found on the government website.

You will need to pay for the new carte with timbres fiscaux (which can be obtained in a tabac). 

For a multi-year carte de séjour you will have to pay €225, but the price does vary depending on the type of card. Some residence permits do indeed cost €25 but this is not the case here. 

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