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Direction de la Sûreté Publique - Division de Police Administrative

Stade louis II, entrée B, étage 1
MC 98000 MONACO

Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section :
Residency Section (+377) 93 15 30 17
Lost-and-Found Section (+377) 93 15 30 18

Opening Hours : from 9h00 to 17h00 from monday to friday

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Direction de la Sûreté Publique - Division de Police Administrative

Stade louis II, entrée B, étage 1
MC 98000 MONACO

Opening Hours : from 9h00 to 17h00 from monday to friday

Phone : (+377) 93 15 31 60

Fax : (+377) 93 15 31 67

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Principle and conditions

Principle

Anyone who is at least 16 years of age and wishes to reside in Monaco for more than three months in a year, or set up home in the Principality, must apply for a residence permit from the Monégasque authorities. Residence permits are not issued to minors under the age of 16; a Travel document for a foreign minor  may be issued to enable overseas travel.

Once an application for a residence permit has been submitted, a ‘temporary’ card valid for one year may be issued, for which there are no particular length of residency requirements. The fee for issuing a first permit is €80.

Conditions

The requirements for foreigners settling in Monaco vary depending on the nationality of the applicant.

In all cases, you must be able to prove that you have:

Accommodation in Monaco which is large enough to accommodate those living there, through:

  • Being the owner of a house or apartment; or
  • Being the director or unit holder of a company which owns a house or apartment; or
  • Renting a house or apartment; or
  • Staying with a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple

 

Sufficient financial resources, by means of:

  • A salary; or
  • Professional income (independent commercial activity or through a company); or
  • Sufficient savings (the sum which is judged sufficient depends on the banking establishment in Monaco providing the reference); or
  • Being supported by a relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple

 

Good character, by supplying a copy of your criminal records information or equivalent (Certificato penale + Certificato dei carichi pendenti in Italy, Führungszeugnis in Germany, Copy of Police Records in the United Kingdom, FBI Background Check in the United States, etc.), issued by the authorities of the last country or two countries in which you have resided in the five years prior to your arrival in Monaco.

If your circumstances do not match those described above or if there is a good reason why you are unable to supply one of the documents required, please contact the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section, which will review your situation.

If you leave Monaco, you must surrender your residence permit.

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European Economic Area and third countries: Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands), Estonia, Vatican City, France (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion), Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores), Czech Republic, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.

As of February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter referred to as the United Kingdom) has officially left the European Union. As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom, which has become a third state in view of the European Union, will no longer implement Union law.

Its Nationals will no longer benefit from the right to free movement and installation and will be nationals of third countries.

If you are a National of the United Kingdom see the "Nationals of countries outside the EEA" tab.

Note: There is no derogatory status for the parents or for the allies of a British national holding a valid Monegasque residence permit. These are also subject to the establishment visa procedure.

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Collating the documents to show evidence of accommodation

  • Contract or most recent electricity bill

If you or your company owns a property

  • Notarised property deed
  • If you own a property through an intermediary company:
    • The company’s articles of association
    • Proof of share held or a certificate confirming your role in the company

If you are renting

If you are staying with someone

  • Certificate of free accommodation signed by the person you are staying with (a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple)
  • Tenancy agreement, if the person you are staying with rents their home
  • Property deed if the person you are staying with owns their home

2

Collating documents to show evidence of sufficient funds

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied. 
In addition to the documents listed below, the Residents Section may request any other type of supporting document.

If you are self-employed, or the manager or director of a company in Monaco or the surrounding area

If you are setting up a business in Monaco

  • A receipt from the Business Development Agency confirming the admissibility of your application to start a business .
    This receipt will allow you to begin the process of applying for a residence permit from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section.

 

If you are an employee in Monaco

  • A certificate from the Employment Office authorising employment in Monaco, appropriate to individual circumstances: an undertaking of employment, an application for permission to hire, or your work permit and most recent payslip... Please note: the issuing of these documents by the Employment Office is subject to compliance with the legal provisions relating to recruitment (Act 629 of 17 July 1957 regulating the conditions of recruitment and dismissal in the Principality).

If you are retired

  • A proof of pension

If you are being supported by someone else

  • A letter from a third party (relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple) confirming that they are supporting you
  • Documentary evidence of that person’s financial resources as appropriate to their circumstances

For all other cases

  • A bank reference in the approved format from a Monaco bank confirming that you have sufficient funds to live in Monaco (this should be arranged with the bank)
  • Any other proof that establishes that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Monaco (contact the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section to determine what documents can be supplied in your particular circumstances)

3

Collating the other documents you will need

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

  • A valid passport or identity card
  • Birth certificate
  • An extract from the criminal record or the equivalent (Certificato penale, criminal records, etc.) issued by the authorities of the 2 last countries in which you have resided in the past 5 years, before your arrival in Monaco

If you are married

  • Marriage certificate

If you have children under 16

  • A passport or identity card for each child
  • Proof of custody of minors, if applicable
  • Proof of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of schooling for children educated outside Monaco

If you are a student

  • Proof of student status

If you are divorced or separated

  • Divorce certificate; or
  • Certificate of legal separation

4

Obtaining and completing the form

To get the form, you can either:

5

Making an appointment with the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section

When your application is completed, you must make an appointment with the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section by telephoning (+377) 93 15 30 17.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

During this appointment, your case file will be checked and registered. You must provide original copies of the documents requested; these will be returned to you at the end of the interview.

After investigation, if your case is approved, your residence permit will be available for you to collect from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section within a maximum of 6 weeks.

1

Obtaining a visa or long-stay permit

If you have already been in France for longer than a year

You must apply for a transfer of residency from the French Embassy in Monaco .

If you have not been resident in France for more than a year

You must apply for a long-stay visa (type D) for Monaco through the French Consulate closest to your most recent place of residence.  

Exceptionally, foreigners who are already in the Principality and have accommodation can appeal to the Ministry of the Interior  for permission to apply directly to the French Embassy in Monaco  (article 5 of the Convention Franco-Monégasque de voisinage).

You must have a visa in order to apply for a residence permit.

2

Collating the documents to show evidence of accommodation

  • Contract or most recent electricity bill

If you or your company owns a property

  • Notarised property deed
  • If you own a property through an intermediary company:
    • The company’s articles of association
    • Proof of share held or a certificate confirming your role in the company

If you are renting

If you are staying with someone

  • Certificate of free accommodation signed by the person you are staying with (a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple)
  • Tenancy agreement, if the person you are staying with rents their home
  • Property deed if the person you are staying with owns their home

3

Collating documents to show evidence of sufficient funds

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied. 
In addition to the documents listed below, the Residents Section may request any other type of supporting document.

If you are self-employed, or the manager or director of a company in Monaco or the surrounding area

If you are setting up a business in Monaco

  • A receipt from the Business Development Agency confirming the admissibility of your application to start a business .
    This receipt will allow you to begin the process of applying for a residence permit from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section.

 

If you are an employee in Monaco

  • A certificate from the Employment Office authorising employment in Monaco, appropriate to individual circumstances: an undertaking of employment, an application for permission to hire, or your work permit and most recent payslip... Please note: the issuing of these documents by the Employment Office is subject to compliance with the legal provisions relating to recruitment (Act 629 of 17 July 1957 regulating the conditions of recruitment and dismissal in the Principality).

If you are retired

  • A proof of pension

If you are being supported by someone else

  • A letter from a third party (relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple) confirming that they are supporting you
  • Documentary evidence of that person’s financial resources as appropriate to their circumstances

For all other cases

  • A bank reference in the approved format from a Monaco bank confirming that you have sufficient funds to live in Monaco (this should be arranged with the bank)
  • Any other proof that establishes that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Monaco (contact the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section to determine what documents can be supplied in your particular circumstances)

4

Collating the other documents you will need

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

  • A valid passport including a long-stay visa
  • A French residence permit, if applicable
  • A birth certificate
  • An extract from the criminal record or the equivalent (Certificato penale, criminal records, etc.) issued by the authorities of the 2 last countries in which you have resided in the past 5 years, before your arrival in Monaco

If you are married

  • Marriage certificate

If you have children under 16

  • A passport or identity card for each child
  • Proof of custody of minors, if applicable
  • Proof of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of schooling for children educated outside Monaco

If you are a student

  • Proof of student status

If you are divorced or separated

  • Divorce certificate; or
  • Certificate of legal separation

5

Obtaining and completing the forms

To get the form, you can either:

6

Making an appointment with the Residents Section

After completing your application, you must make an appointment with the Residents Section by telephoning (+377) 93 15 30 17.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

During this appointment, your case file will be checked and registered. You must provide original copies of the documents requested; these will be returned to you at the end of the interview.

After investigation, if your case is approved, your residence permit will be available for you to collect from the Residency Section within a maximum of 6 weeks.

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European Economic Area and third countries: Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands), Estonia, Vatican City, France (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion), Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores), Czech Republic, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.

As of February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter referred to as the United Kingdom) has officially left the European Union. As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom, which has become a third state in view of the European Union, will no longer implement Union law.

Its Nationals will no longer benefit from the right to free movement and installation and will be nationals of third countries.

If you are a National of the United Kingdom see the "Nationals of countries outside the EEA" tab.

Note: There is no derogatory status for the parents or for the allies of a British national holding a valid Monegasque residence permit. These are also subject to the establishment visa procedure.

1

Collating the documents to show evidence of accommodation

  • Contract or most recent electricity bill

If you or your company owns a property

  • Notarised property deed
  • If you own a property through an intermediary company:
    • The company’s articles of association
    • Proof of share held or a certificate confirming your role in the company

If you are renting

If you are staying with someone

  • Certificate of free accommodation signed by the person you are staying with (a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple)
  • Tenancy agreement, if the person you are staying with rents their home
  • Property deed if the person you are staying with owns their home

2

Collating documents to show evidence of sufficient funds

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied. 
In addition to the documents listed below, the Residents Section may request any other type of supporting document.

If you are self-employed, or the manager or director of a company in Monaco or the surrounding area

If you are setting up a business in Monaco

  • A receipt from the Business Development Agency confirming the admissibility of your application to start a business .
    This receipt will allow you to begin the process of applying for a residence permit from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section.

 

If you are an employee in Monaco

  • A certificate from the Employment Office authorising employment in Monaco, appropriate to individual circumstances: an undertaking of employment, an application for permission to hire, or your work permit and most recent payslip... Please note: the issuing of these documents by the Employment Office is subject to compliance with the legal provisions relating to recruitment (Act 629 of 17 July 1957 regulating the conditions of recruitment and dismissal in the Principality).

If you are retired

  • A proof of pension

If you are being supported by someone else

  • A letter from a third party (relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple) confirming that they are supporting you
  • Documentary evidence of that person’s financial resources as appropriate to their circumstances

For all other cases

  • A bank reference in the approved format from a Monaco bank confirming that you have sufficient funds to live in Monaco (this should be arranged with the bank)
  • Any other proof that establishes that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Monaco (contact the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section to determine what documents can be supplied in your particular circumstances)

3

Collating the other documents you will need

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

  • A valid passport or identity card
  • Birth certificate
  • An extract from the criminal record or the equivalent (Certificato penale, criminal records, etc.) issued by the authorities of the 2 last countries in which you have resided in the past 5 years, before your arrival in Monaco

If you are divorced or separated

  • Divorce certificate; or
  • Certificate of legal separation

If you are married

  • Marriage certificate

If you have children under 16

  • A passport or identity card for each child
  • Proof of custody of minors, if applicable
  • Proof of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of schooling for children educated outside Monaco

If you are a student

  • Proof of student status

5

Making an appointment with the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section

When your application is completed, you must make an appointment with the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section by telephoning (+377) 93 15 30 17.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

During this appointment, your case file will be checked and registered. You must provide original copies of the documents requested; these will be returned to you at the end of the interview.

After investigation, if your case is approved, your residence permit will be available for you to collect from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section within a maximum of 6 weeks.

1

Obtaining a visa or long-stay permit

If you have already been in France for longer than a year

You must apply for a transfer of residency from the French Embassy in Monaco .

If you have not been resident in France for more than a year

You must apply for a long-stay visa (type D) for Monaco through the French Consulate closest to your most recent place of residence.  

Exceptionally, foreigners who are already in the Principality and have accommodation can appeal to the Ministry of the Interior  for permission to apply directly to the French Embassy in Monaco  (article 5 of the Convention Franco-Monégasque de voisinage).

You must have a visa in order to apply for a residence permit.

2

Collating the documents to show evidence of accommodation

  • Contract or most recent electricity bill

If you or your company owns a property

  • Notarised property deed
  • If you own a property through an intermediary company:
    • The company’s articles of association
    • Proof of share held or a certificate confirming your role in the company

If you are renting

If you are staying with someone

  • Certificate of free accommodation signed by the person you are staying with (a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple)
  • Tenancy agreement, if the person you are staying with rents their home
  • Property deed if the person you are staying with owns their home

3

Collating documents to show evidence of sufficient funds

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied. 
In addition to the documents listed below, the Residents Section may request any other type of supporting document.

If you are self-employed, or the manager or director of a company in Monaco or the surrounding area

If you are setting up a business in Monaco

  • A receipt from the Business Development Agency confirming the admissibility of your application to start a business .
    This receipt will allow you to begin the process of applying for a residence permit from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section.

 

If you are an employee in Monaco

  • A certificate from the Employment Office authorising employment in Monaco, appropriate to individual circumstances: an undertaking of employment, an application for permission to hire, or your work permit and most recent payslip... Please note: the issuing of these documents by the Employment Office is subject to compliance with the legal provisions relating to recruitment (Act 629 of 17 July 1957 regulating the conditions of recruitment and dismissal in the Principality).

If you are retired

  • A proof of pension

If you are being supported by someone else

  • A letter from a third party (relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple) confirming that they are supporting you
  • Documentary evidence of that person’s financial resources as appropriate to their circumstances

For all other cases

  • A bank reference in the approved format from a Monaco bank confirming that you have sufficient funds to live in Monaco (this should be arranged with the bank)
  • Any other proof that establishes that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Monaco (contact the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section to determine what documents can be supplied in your particular circumstances)

4

Collating the other documents you will need

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

  • A valid passport including a long-stay visa
  • A French residence permit, if applicable
  • A birth certificate
  • An extract from the criminal record or the equivalent (Certificato penale, criminal records, etc.) issued by the authorities of the 2 last countries in which you have resided in the past 5 years, before your arrival in Monaco

If you are a student

  • Proof of student status

If you are married

  • Marriage certificate

If you have children under 16

  • A passport or identity card for each child
  • Proof of custody of minors, if applicable
  • Proof of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of schooling for children educated outside Monaco

If you are divorced or separated

  • Divorce certificate; or
  • Certificate of legal separation

5

Making an appointment with the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section

When your application is completed, you must make an appointment with the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section by telephoning (+377) 93 15 30 17.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

During this appointment, your case file will be checked and registered. You must provide original copies of the documents requested; these will be returned to you at the end of the interview.

After investigation, if your case is approved, your residence permit will be available for you to collect from the Residency, Certifications and Lost-and-Found Section within a maximum of 6 weeks.

Last update: 23/09/2021

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