You need to register to be admitted to the reading rooms. You can register free of charge at either the Pierrefitte or the Paris site.
You will be issued with a reader's ticket and number when you register. Readers' tickets are valid for one year and are renewable.
Who can register at the Archives Nationales ?
Anybody aged 18 and over may register, irrespective of nationality.
Minors between the age of 16 and 18 are also admitted on presenting written authorisation, accompanied by a photocopy of their legal guardian's identity document.
To avoid waiting you can pre-register online in the "online catalogue" section, which also entitles you to reserve two documents.
Please note: pre-registration needs to be confirmed on arriving at the Pierrefitte or Paris site (from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm), when you will also be asked to present valid proof of identity with a photo.
Go to pre-registration