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Today we are talking about how to obtain a certificate for a US citizen in Italy.
Which certificates, where and how get it?
Under Italian law, records of births, marriages, and deaths are maintained by the Registrar of Vital Statistics (Ufficio dello Stato Civile) in the city (comune or municipio) where the event occurred. There is no central, regional, or provincial office established which keeps such records. When applying for one of these certificates, the applicant must supply all relevant information. The registrar's office cannot undertake extensive research of its files to locate a record that is not correctly identified and will not translate requests in a foreign language. Therefore, all requests must be written in Italian.
To have the certificate you have to pay a fee. Applicants should contact the appropriate Ufficio dello Stato Civile directly and make arrangements for mailing the document/s to the United States either by private courier or through a service provider.
To request a:
Note: Italian registrars are not required by law to assist in genealogical research work. In most places, records dating back as far as the mid-19th century are available, but no search can be undertaken unless complete and correct information is provided. If you are engaged in family tree reconstruction and do not have the essential information bearing on your ancestors, you may wish to retain the aid of professional researchers. For firms specializing in genealogical work (ancestry, coat of arms, etc.), please see Genealogical Firms (PDF, 71kb).
Suppose a document is required as evidence before a court or similar body. In that case, it must be authenticated by the responsible Italian authorities by the "apostille" procedure, following the terms of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, which became effective in the United States on October 15, 1981.
Vital records that must be obtained from the State Department in Washington:
Vital Records are documents such as birth, death or marriage certificates. In the US, state, county or city governments, depending on location, usually hold such records. Here is some information to assist you in obtaining copies of such records.
More information about obtaining vital records in the US, such as birth certificates.
Note: For your US document to be accepted by the Italian authorities, for example, if you plan to get married, they also require that you provide an Apostille. This document gives you specific instructions on how to obtain the Apostille. Here I can help you!
Fee-based online services that help obtain records
One such service is VitalChek (800-255-2414), which allows you to request birth, death, and marriage certifications online, by phone, or by fax.
Another service called usbirthcertificate.net can help you obtain or amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, in addition to getting a birth certificate. You must have a physical street address to use this service (no APOs, FPOs, or PO Boxes).
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.