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Stato civile


Stato civile

Buono a sapersi...  For furrther informations about Civil Status, please consult the relevant page of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair website - Consular Services at this link (in Italian only)


The Civil Registry of an Embassy or Consulate handles, just as any Italian municipality does, the registration, updating and maintenance of the Civil Registry.

There are four Civil Registries:

  • citizenship, 
  •  births, 
  •  marriages, 
  •  deaths.

For each of these matters, the Civil Registry is authorised to issue certified copies of documents filed with it attesting to the civil status of each individual.
In particular, the consulates receive acts emitted by foreign authorities and transmit them to Italian municipalities for registration.

The Civil Status department of a Consulate, in addition to handling the four registries, helps citizens residing in its jurisdiction to complete the following procedures:

  • writing of marriage bans and posting them at the consulate;
  • celebration of consulate weddings, as long as there is no local law preventing it;
  • transmission of requests addressed to the authorised Prefecture to change a name (considered ridiculous or embarrassing);
  • reception and transmission of separation and divorce rulings for registration in the authorised municipalities. 


In order for Italian citizens who have established their residence abroad to register births, marriages and/or deaths (and to obtain related certificates), they must first be registered in the Registry of Citizens Residing Abroad (AIRE)  



Registration of the birth of the child of an Italian citizen abroad: children of parents of whom at least one is an Italian citizen, even if they are born abroad and have citizenship in another country, are Italian citizens and, consequently, their births must be registered in Italy.
In order to register a birth it is necessary to bring the following documents to the Consulate: 

  • Birth certificate issued by the local Civil Registry Office, translated into Italian and authenticated by the local authorities.
  • Documentation proving the Italian citizenship of at least one of the parents (identity card, Italian passport, certificate of Italian citizenship). 


Registration in Italy of the marriage abroad of Italian citizens:

In order to have legal value in Italy, a marriage celebrated abroad must be transcribed in Italian at the authorised municipality. 

The Italian citizen who celebrates his/her marriage before the local qualified authorities is not subject to the publication of the banns. After the issuance of the Circular of the Ministry of the Interior no. 25 of 13.10.2011, the document issued by the aforesaid authorities, duly legalized and translated, has to be presented in person by both spouses to this Consulate Chancellery accompanied by a formal request to register the act at the appropriate Italian Municipality.

Please see this link (Art. no.12 - from the website, in Italian only) for the norms that govern the celebration of weddings before the Italian Consular Authority.


Registration in Italy of a divorce ruling pronounced abroad: first and foremost, it is necessary to realise that a divorce ruling pronounced abroad is not automatically considered valid in Italy.

The documentation required for transcription are:

  • the final ruling (original or authenticated photocopy) 
    official translation of the ruling
  • self-certifying affidavit
  • photocopies of all the documentation presented

These documents need to be in certified copy bearing the authentic stamp of the court.

The Consulate sends the documents to the Italian municipality for the registration of the court’s verdict.


Registering in Italy the death of an Italian resident abroad: the death of an Italian citizen abroad has to be registered in Italy.

Documents necessary for registering deaths are:


  • death certificate issued by the local competent registry office duly translated and authenticated
  • documentation of the deceased’s citizenship: identity card, Italian passport or certificate of Italian citizenship.

All certificates denoting civil status issued by the local authorities have to be presented in original and, where necessary, authenticated and translated into Italian in order to enable the consular chancellery to send them to the competent municipality.