Administrative conditions


The documents you need when you arrive at the engagement.


  • REMINDER: The Foreign Legion does not take any steps with a view to obtaining a VISA or authorization to leave the territory of candidates for employment.

For applicants from the European Union who hold the nationality of one of the countries in the SCHENGEN area, be the holder of a national identity card or a valid passport.

For applicants who are not part of the SCHENGEN area, it is mandatory to be in possession of a valid passport (only).

  • No school diploma required
  • At a minimum, know how to read and write in the mother tongue.
  • Be over 17 and a half and under 39 and a half on the day of presentation at the information desk.
  • Bring all useful administrative documents: residence permit, photocopy of family record book, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, birth certificate extract, etc.)

IMPORTANT: In order to facilitate the administrative procedures related to the engagement, you can usefully bring the following documents attesting to your past:

  • Driver's license
  • Proof of education or diplomas
  • Proof of military service (authorization to serve in a foreign army depending on the country)
  • state of identification and services for candidates who have served in the French or foreign armies


  • A "parental authorization" handwritten and signed by both parents, or legal guardian (s).
  • Provide photocopies of the identity documents of both parents.
  • If one or both parents are deceased, provide the supporting documents "death certificate"
  • For minor foreign applicants, the documents must be translated into French by an approved French translator.
  • If the minor is emancipated he must provide the certified document.
Schengen space

SCHENGEN SPACE (as of January 1, 2020):

Austria - Belgium - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Portugal - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Liechtenstein.

Countries soon in the Schengen area: Romania and Bulgaria. The presentation of the passport for applicants from these two countries is currently compulsory.

Associated countries for which the national identity card is sufficient: Ireland - Iceland - Norway - United Kingdom - Switzerland.