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1538

François Ier appoints a printer
as «The King’s Printer for Greek ».

1540

The King’s Printer for Greek becomes
« The King’s Printer for Greek,
Latin and Hebrew ».

1640

Following Prime Minister Richelieu’s advice, King Louis XIII, turns this printing office into a Royal Printing Factory. It is located in the Louvre.

1792

The Royal Printing Office becomes
the Louvre’s Printing Office.

1795

Both official printing offices merge into one:
The Republic’s Printing Office.
It is located in the ‘l'Hôtel de Penthièvre’.

1804

The Printing Office becomes «Imperial».
It is relocated to the Hôtel de Rohan.

1871

The Printing Office is given its current name: the Imprimerie Nationale.

1910

The Ministry of Finance replaces the Ministry of Justice as Supervisory ministry.

1921

The Imprimerie Nationale moves to rue de la Convention (Paris, 15ème).

1974

Opening of a second site, in Douai.

1993

The Imprimerie Nationale becomes Imprimerie Nationale S.A., a private company with state capital – under the French law of 31/12/93

2000

The first smart cards are produced
at the plastic card workshop.

2002

The Imprimerie Nationale becomes
the State’s reliable operator for the
distribution of tachograph cards
(Public Service Delegation Agreement).

2005

The Imprimerie Nationale relocates its headquarters to bd Gouvion Saint-Cyr (Paris 17ème). The Imprimerie Nationale reorganizes its activities, focusing on secured documents, mainly governments. All fiduciary workshops are relocated to Douai. The site is modernized and secured.

2006

The first personalized
electronic passport
is made in Douai.

2007

Douai becomes a PS1 site.

2008

The Imprimerie Nationale produces the new biometric passport and personalizes the new police card.

2009

Personalization of SIV (Car Registration document). The first secure hunting licences are produced by the Imprimerie Nationale.

2010

Douai is listed as an OIV (Operator of Vital Importance).

2011

Launch of the European Electronic Residence Permit and dematerialized offers including digital archiving and single-piece mail

2012

The Imprimerie Nationale launched in September 2013 the brand new French electronic driving license,
first European license equipped with an electronic chip.