Any person aged 16 or over who wishes to stay in Monaco for more than three months or who wishes to take up residence must apply for a residence permit.
The Monegasque residence permit authorised its holder to move freely in the Schengen area.
The residence permit also allows non-EU residents to enter, leave and move within the Shengen area, to have a digital identity enabling them to prove their identity on the Principality's compatible online services, as well as an electronic signature with evidential value.
Residence permits are not issued to children under 16. A travel document can be issued to make it easier for foreign minors to travel.
The types of permits issued
In Monaco, there are four categories of residence permits for foreigners aged over 16:
This permit can be issued with no minimum requirement period for residency in Monaco. It is therefore applicable to first-time residents. It is valid for one year and the fee for issuing a first permit is €80.
The fee for renewing a temporary residence permit is €40.
This permit can be issued to people who have lived in Monaco for three years. It is valid for three years and the fee for issuing a first permit is €100.
The fee for renewing an "ordinary" (ordinaire) residence permit is €50.
This permit can be issued after ten years of residence in Monacoto those who have genuinely lived in the country. It is valid for ten years and the fee for issuing a first permit is €160. (the ten-year residency requirement can be reduced to one year in special cases)
The fee for renewing an "privilege" (privilégié) residence permit is €80.
This permit can be issued to any foreigner who is a spouse of a Monegasque national and who has lived in the Principality for at least one year. It is valid for five years and the fee for issuing a first permit is €80.
The fee for renewing a “spouse of a Monegasque national” residence permit is €40.
Late renewals of any category of residence permit are charged at €50.
The fee for issuing a duplicate residence permit (any category) is €80.
To update a permit (any category) in the event of a change in civil status, family circumstances or address, a fee of €30 is payable.
Procedures related to the residence permit
If you do not yet hold a residence permit:
- You can request your residence permit by following the procedure described on the following sheet
If you already hold a residence permit:
- You wish to renew your expired residence permit: How to renew your residence permit
- Your residence permit has been stolen, lost or damaged: How to apply for a duplicate of residence permit
- You wish to report a change of civil status, address, nationality or profession on your residence permit: How to notify a change in your circumstances
- You wish to request a document certifying your residence in the Principality of Monaco: How to apply for a residence certificate for administrative purposes
- You wish to request a residence certificate for tax purposes: How to apply for a residence certificate for tax purposes
Digital identity and residence permits
New residence permits mean that all residents who wish to do so can activate their digital identity with the staff member who issues their card or by using one of the self-service interactive terminals available at Residents' Section
Your residence permit contains your digital identity in the form of an electronic certificate. Once activated, it is recognised by organisations which offer online services. This electronic certificate allows you to be identified with certainty, you can also use it to sign documents digitally.
When your new residence permit is issued, a card reader (USB) will be issued too so that you can use your ID document from your PC, and access online services and sign a digital document this way. You will also need to install some simple software so that you can identify yourself and enter your PIN when you want to access an online service or sign an electronic document.
If you would like to activate the digital identity on your residence permit, you will need to renew your card in line with the current renewal or replacement procedures. Full details of how to renew your residence permit are available at this link
Find out all you need to know about digital identity on the MConnect website
The residence permit must be returned if you leave Monaco.