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Application for a passport and identity card: be careful, you must now do it very early


The delays sometimes amount to several months. Especially in big cities. Explanations.

Normally, the procedure takes 3 to 4 weeks. Since last August, it tends to drag on and spread over several months. "

In France, it now takes an average of 24 days to get an appointment at the town hall

" then "

24 days to produce an identity document

" reports to

Le Figaro

, Anne-Gaëlle Baudouin, director of the National Agency for secure titles (ANTS). “

Ie about 10 days more than in May

” specifies the institution, which also notes a lot of disparities according to the prefectures. Thus, in certain large cities, it will sometimes be necessary to wait much longer than that before being able to obtain the precious sesame.

“The more the days pass, the more I stress at the idea of ​​not being able to leave”

Like François, 33, marketing manager in a Parisian start-up, who began his passport renewal process at the beginning of November, for a planned trip to Mexico in February, and who is still awaiting news of his file.

I never would have imagined that by taking it three months in advance, I would find myself in this situation

,” he laments.

The more the days pass, the more I stress at the idea of ​​not being able to leave


Ditto for Angela, 30, author and resident in Paris, who embarked on a merciless administrative battle at the beginning of December, hoping to be able to fly to Central America at the beginning of February. But nothing to do, on the site of the town hall, no appointment available before the date of his departure. Desperate, the young woman therefore ended up launching a call for witnesses on her social networks to ask her relatives if they had contacts in town halls or solutions to suggest to her.

Everyone went there with their little advice to help them get around the problem.

It was there that I understood that I was not alone and that many of us were in the same boat,

” she confides.

Some advised me to make an appointment in small suburban town halls, less busy, others explained to me how they had proceeded to apply for an emergency passport


Traveling to promote her book, Angela finally opted for an accelerated passport application, with the support of her publisher.

Her request accepted, so she should take off as planned on February 7th.

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Absences, gauges

But what creates the traffic jam? “

Several things

”, according to the ANTS. Of course, the current health situation. "

The functioning of the administrative services is disrupted due to the pandemic

", indicates the ex-prefect. In addition to the absence of agents contaminated by Covid-19, that of contact cases, or those who have to look after their children when they cannot be received at school, other health constraints also weigh on the taking of appointment. Regular cleanings, distancing measures or limited gauges, for example.

In addition, during this complex year 2020 and this first quarter of 2021 in terms of travel, the activity of the ANTS has slowed down.

A million national identity cards would not have been renewed compared to normal.

In France, we have calculated a fall in demand for securities of -38% for passports and -18% for identity cards

”, figures the public establishment.

Many did not even know that our services were open during the confinements

”, adds an official from the town hall of Paris.

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Except that today, lifting restrictions on travel and reopening of borders requires travelers to make up for lost time; they all renew their titles at the same time to go on vacation. "

The peak of requests - which usually takes place just before summer - this time started at the beginning of August and has not fallen since

", describes Anne-Gaëlle Baudouin. Which, even if it had been anticipated by the ANTS, can occasionally cause traffic jams on the production side of the tickets.

Two other parameters are also responsible for this bottleneck according to the French administration.

First, the provision of the new identity card, available since August 2.

More practical, more aesthetic, more secure.

His enthusiasm adds additional tension in the services.

Last reason, it is the time of the first renewals of identity cards extended up to 15 years and the first biometric passports, issued in large numbers at the end of the 2000s. “

In 2019, we had assessed that this factor would increase renewal requests by more than 10% per year for several years

, ”recalls the town hall of Paris.

A single watchword: anticipate

To stop the haemorrhage, the Ministry of the Interior has just recruited new contract workers to strengthen the town hall services and anticipate the next waves of requests. In Paris, for example, a third office on Saturday morning will open, in addition to the two that already exist, from January 29 to offer more appointments to Parisians. The ministry has also contacted the prefectures to work on how they could streamline their organization and thus welcome more people. But for Anne-Gaëlle Baudouin, there is no secret, the miracle remedy to unclog traffic is simply to "

anticipate as much as possible to avoid ending up with an expired title


Lesson learned in any case for François and Angela.

We won't take them back there again.

Source: lefigaro

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