Registering for social security

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Your employer has a permanent establishment in France


When an employee has never been covered by French Social Security, their employer must carry out the formalities required to register them.

Any company that employs an individual in France must submit a pre-recruitment declaration (DPAE) with the local URSSAF (the government organization in charge of collecting social security and family allowance contributions).

Requests for social security coverage usin must be submitted g form S1106 to:

  • The local Primary Health Insurance Fund (CPAM) in Mainland France.
  • The Caisse générale de sécurité sociale (CGSS) in the overseas departments and regions (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion Island) or
  • The Caisse de sécurité sociale de Mayotte (CSSM) in Mayotte.

Such requests will allow an individual to register for social security if they do not already possess a social security number.

All employee and employer social security contributions relating to the employee’s occupation will be linked to their social security number.


Helpful tip: Employees and accompanying family holding a ‘Talent Passport’ residence permit should contact the local health insurance fund (Caisse primaire d’assurance maladie – CPAM) in Paris, which centralizes registration requests and handles various formalities (to reimburse healthcare fees, cover costs following an accident at work, etc.). For further information, please visit the website.

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Visit these websites for more details. :

Social security public service portal (

Health insurance (


Your employer has no establishment in France


Companies headquartered abroad, without a permanent establishment in France, and which hire an employee in France to work in the country must complete all mandatory declarations and pay social security contributions in France to the National Center for Foreign Firms at the following address:



TSA 60003

38046 Grenoble cedex 9

Tél. : 00 33 (0)810 09 26 33 (France et étranger)

Fax : 00 33 (0)3 69 32 30 08 (France et étranger)

courriel :


For further information, please visit:

A social security contribution simulator powered by the URSSAF can also be found online.


Applying for health insurance coverage


To ensure that their medical or maternity expenses are covered, an individual must:

  • Be working in France; or
  • Be a stable and regular resident in France for a minimum period of three months.


In order to be entitled to health insurance, persons who are not covered by the French social security system must send the “Application for health insurance benefits” form to the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM) of their place of residence in mainland France, the Caisse générale de sécurité sociale (CGSS) in the overseas departments and regions (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion Island) or the Caisse de sécurité sociale de Mayotte (CSSM) in Mayotte.

This form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A copy of a passport.
  • For citizens of countries that are not within the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland: a document attesting to the legality of their stay (residence permit, long-stay visa equating to a residence permit, etc.).
  • Short-form birth certificate and a certified translation.
  • Short-form marriage certificate, if applicable.
  • Statement of bank details (RIB).
  • Proof of address.
  • For employees: a photocopy of a pay slip or your employment contract.


 Helpful tip :

Residence permits issued under the withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union allow universal sickness protection ( PUMA – Protection universelle maladie ) entitlements to be extended to its holders and their family members in accordance with the applicable social security rules.


Once the local CPAM office has processed the request, it assigns a temporary social security number to the applicant. The General Social Security Fund (CGSS) of the place of residence has jurisdiction in the overseas departments and regions (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Reunion Island) and the Mayotte social security fund (CSSM) in Mayotte.

This temporary social security number grants the beneficiary the same access to healthcare as a permanent social security number. Once a permanent number has been assigned, a Vitale health insurance card can be issued.

Registering for social security

Source: CLEISS

3 minutes to understand the French Social Security system

Source: Sécurité-sociale