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Wedding in Italy Regulations




  • Specifics for UK Citizens
  • Specifics for US Citizens
  • Specifics for Citizens of Eire (Republic of Ireland)
  • Specifics For Australian Citizens
  • Specific for Canadians
  • Other Countries
  • Two Hour No-Hassle Approval
Specifics for UK Citizens


 
NOTE: For British nationals living abroad (NOT living in the UK or in Italy), please click on: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/if-you-live-abroad-and-wish-to-marry-in-a-third-country   and then click on marriage abroad (https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad/y ) tool to find out what documents you'll need and the process. NOTE: If you choose to post notice in Italy, you'll normally have to wait at least 10  business days before you can get married. Please contact the British Embassy in Rome to double check how long you need to be in the country before they will issue you with a Nulla Osta


For British Nationals who both reside in the UK, please see procedures below & also click on the British Embassy website https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad. Their website continues to provide instructions on the steps to follow for those living in the UK, as well as provide the necessary forms you will need to complete, including the template for the Statutory Declaration - https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad/y/italy/uk/uk_england/partner_local/opposite_sex

There is also a handy video which gives clear instructions on how to proceed with getting a CNI in the UK for your marriage in Italy - http://youtu.be/EhPz7-wjWjc

When both parties are British nationals and both are resident in the UK
You cannot start the documentation process more than 6 months before your wedding date, or 3 months if you are resident in Scotland.
There are 4 simple steps that each British national, resident in the UK must follow to get the right paperwork for marrying in Italy.

Step 1 - Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)

You both need to obtain what's called a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) which is issued in the UK.

To do this you must both give notice of marriage to your local registry office. After your notice has been posted for the required period you will each be issued with a "Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage", signed and dated by your local Registrar. This should take around 28 days.

It is essential that the names you give to the Registrar, which will appear on your Certificates of No Impediment, are exactly the same as written in your passports. For example, Jim Harris on the Certificate, and James Harris-Ford on your passport might mean that the Italian authorities will reject your paperwork and refuse to allow the marriage to go ahead. Please take your passport with you to the Registry Office, just to be absolutely certain.


Step 2 - The Statutory Declaration

While you are waiting for your Certificates of No Impediment you should make a statutory declaration (1 for each of the spouses) before a solicitor or public notary in the UK. (Be sure you write in your full names EXACTLY as spelled on your passports and your CNIs.)

The declaration is required by the Italian authorities and gives additional information that isn't detailed on your Certificate of No Impediment. The solicitor or public notary will charge a fee for this service. Fees will vary so it might be worth shopping around. Download the bi-lingual statutory declaration from the website


Step 3 - Legalizing your documents for the Italian authorities

When you both have your Certificates of No Impediment and you have both made your Statutory Declarations, you need to send them to the Legalization Office for each to be legalized with a Hague Apostille. The Legalization Office will charge for this.


Step 4 - Translation of your Certificate of No Impediment

Once both these documents have been legalized, you will then need to have the legalised Certificates of No Impediment translated. As it will become an Italian legal document it should be translated by a translator based in Italy and sworn before the Italian courts or an Italian Justice of the Peace. Note: Slow Dreams offers translation services for this step - 150E. See Weddings in Italy - cost prices under other Services 

Each British national resident in the UK should have:
  • a Certificate of No Impediment - issued in the UK, legalized in the UK and then translated officially in Italy
  • a bilingual Statutory Declaration legalized in the UK
  • passport
Please note, under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the town hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and you will probably need to appoint a lawyer.

Once all of the above documents have been prepared, post directly to Slow Dreams wedding planner by a reputable courier (e.g., FedEx) that has a tracking number. Do not post by Royal Mail.

Finally please note that your Certificate of No Impediment will be valid for six months from the date on your English, Welsh or Northern Irish CNI or three months if presenting a Scottish CNI.
 
Specifics for US Citizens

There are two approval processes for US Citizens:
 
  1. A 2 hour-expedited Approval for acquiring approval to Marry in Italy.  Note:  This applies to Southern Italy ONLY & ONLY in certain towns and ONLY for Civil weddings
  • If any of the following criteria apply to you then you should consider the new "no-hassle approval process for US citizens"
    • Either or both have been divorced
    • You live far from the nearest Italian consulate
    • You just want to eliminate much of the hassle
  1. The Normal Approval ProcessNote:   please read below very carefully as to what steps need to be taken in the U.S.A. and also in Italy in Naples, Rome or Florence Consulates & Prefettura offices  (different days, hours, etc) 
 
Steps to Get the Normal Approval for Legal Wedding

 
Below are steps to be taken in the U.S.A. for American Citizens for obtaining your Atto Notorio
 
Atto Notorio is a declaration stating that according to the laws to which the citizen is subject in the United States there is no obstacle to his/her marriage.
 
https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/
 
We advise that you obtain the documents below no more than 6 months before the wedding, otherwise they can expire.  Both American Citizens must:
 
  1. Obtain American passport
  2. Obtain an original long form birth certificate that contain the names of your parents
  3. Send the original birth certificates to the appropriate office to be authenticated for use in Italy.  If born in the U.S., you must send the original birth certificate to the office of the Secretary of State of the state in which you were born to receive an "Apostille" stamp, which authenticates official documents for use in Italy.
  4. Obtain documentation of termination of any previous marriage, i.e., divorce/annulment decree or death certificate of previous spouse (if applicable).
  5. Send the document of marriage termination (if applicable) to the office of the Secretary of State of the state in which the marriage termination occurred to be authenticated by the Secretary's office with an "Apostille" seal/stamp.
  6. Translate the original birth certificate and the document of marriage termination into Italian.  Note:  Call the Nearest Italian Consulate in the U.S. to get details on proper methods of translating documents.
ATTENTION PLEASE!!
Please note that it is extremely important that your full name is written in the same way in all the following documents, otherwise the Town Hall will not accept the paperwork:
  • PASSPORTS
  • ATTO NOTORIO
  • NULLA OSTA
Fix an appointment with the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the U.S.A
Before arriving in Italy, you must go to the nearest Italian Embassy/Consulate outside of Italy to accomplish the following:
  • Authenticate the translation of the original birth certificate and the document of marriage termination.
  • Four witnesses who know you well must execute an affidavit (Atto Notorio) before an Italian Consul in the United States, or wherever you may be outside of Italy, certifying that there is no obstacle to your marriage. Note:  Double check with the Italian Consulate nearest you to find out for sure how many witnesses they require.  Each Consulate is different.
 
The Atto Notorio that you will obtain from the Italian Consulate cannot be issued more than 3 months (90 days) before your wedding, otherwise it will expire.  We would recommend when you make the appointment with the Italian Consulate to make sure that it is not too close to your departure date from the United States, in case they end up postponing your appointment
  • Please note: Under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the Town Hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and we can assist you for the application - please contact us for full details.
Note:  we have certain Mayors who ignore this – please contact us to enquire.

Documents Checklist
  • American Passport or U.S. Military Identification Card
  • Original Birth Certificate, with Apostille and translated into Italian
  • Evidence of Termination of Any Previous Marriage translated, with Apostille Seal
  • Sworn Statement of Consent by parents or legal guardian if U.S. citizen is considered a minor
  • Affidavit (Atto Notorio) before Italian Consular Officer outside of Italy
  • Sworn Statement (Nulla Osta) by American citizen before a U.S. Consular Officer in Iatly with Apostille Stamp
NOTE:  Once you obtain the Atto Notorio, please email us a copy and then bring the original with you.
 
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STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN ITALY for NaplesRome & Florence Consulates/Prefettura offices
 
 Information & Instructions for American Embassy & Prefettura in NAPLES
 
Step 1:
 
American Consulate  in Naples (Consolato Americano)
Piazza della Repubblica
 
Telephone No.:   + 39 081 583 8220 or 8221
 
Website:  https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/   
 
Hours: 8:30 – 12:30 (Monday – Friday), except Holidays (Subject to change)
 
Floor:  2nd floor, Room 201
 
Cost:   $ 50.00 per person (cash) or equivalent in Euro. (Subject to change)
 
  • When you arrive at the American Consulate, you will have to present your passports as well as proof of your appointments made online (print out your confirmation slips ahead of time) to the Guard at the gate and explain that you are here to make a sworn statement for marriage.
 
  • Go to Room 201 and tell them you are here to make a sworn statement for marriage.  You will have to fill out a Dichiarazione Giurata/ Nulla Osta form for each American Citizen and sign them in front of a Consular officer.  The Dichiarazione Giurata/ Nulla Osta is the final declaration to be made in Italy stating you are free to marry.  This process should take about 1 hour or so.  To download the form, please click on  http://photos.state.gov/libraries/italy/217417/pdf/MarriageNullaOstaNaples.pdf
 
  • It is extremely important that your names on the Dichiarazione Giurata/ Nulla Ostas are the same as on your passports.
 
  • Also, if divorced or widowed, you will need to provide the following information for the Nulla Osta form. 
 
  • Divorced (bring a copy)
  • Name of former spouse
  • Country of citizenship of former spouse
  • Marriage date and location of where marriage took place
  • State where divorce took place
  • Date of divorce and city, town where divorce took place
 
  • Widowed (need to bring original death certificate)
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  • Name of deceased spouse
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
 
  • Please note: Under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the Town Hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and we can assist you for the application - please contact us for full details. Note:  we have certain Mayors who ignore this – please contact us to enquire.
 
After you leave the Consulate, take a left out of the gate and walk about 50 yards and you will see the cabs parked.  {You can also ask the guards where to get a cab}
 
Tell the cab driver:  Prefettura Ufficio di Immigrazione.  Address is:  Via Amerigo Vespucci 172 (it should take about 15 minutes).  You will find the Prefettura in the port area (a yellow building with a sign “Prefettura – Immigration Office” by a green gate).
 
Step 2: 
 
Authentication of Dichiarazione Giurata/Nulla Ostas at the Prefettura in NAPLES
 
 
Prefettura Ufficio di Immigrazione
1st Floor, Ufficio Legalizzazioni
Via Amerigo Vespucci 172
 
  • Main Telephone Number:  +39 081 7943111
  • Legalizzazioni office number:   + 39 081 7943482 (where they authenticate documents)
 
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9:30 – 12:00 p.m., except Holidays & Closed on Tuesday and Friday.  (Subject to change)
Note: They will re-open the office from 1-2 p.m. if you cannot make the normal time hours
 
Cost:   Before going to the Prefettura, go to any Tabacchi/Tabacchino (tobacco store) and purchase stamps for each document you received from the Embassy/Consulate called Marca da Bollo for € 16.00 each.  (subject to change)
 
 
Note:  No one in this office speaks English.  Below is what you should communicate in Italian if you are not using our guide. 
 
 
 “Ho bisogno di autenticare documenti di matrimonio” (This means that you need them to authenticate the documents).
 
 
Note:  information is subject to change so please double check the times, cost, etc.
 
 
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Information & Instructions for American Embassy & Prefettura in ROME
 
Please note that you will need to spend at least 3 nights in Rome to get the sworn statement issued at the Embassy & authenticated at the Prefettura.  See Days & Hours below for Embassy & for Prefettura 
 
Step 1:
 
American Embassy in Rome (Ambasciata Americana)
via Vittorio Veneto 121
00187 Roma
 
Telephone No:   +39 06-46741
 
Days & Hours to get the “Dichiarazione Giurata”/sworn statement (Nulla Osta) by appointment only:  Tuesdays & Thursdays ONLY (except holidays) from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  
Note: The system will only accept appointments 1 month in advance
 
Websitehttps://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/  and https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/marriage-rome/
 
Cost:   $ 50.00 per person (cash) or equivalent in Euro. (Subject to change)
   
  • When you arrive at the American Embassy, you will have to present passports as well as the slips showing proof of your appointments made online to the Guard at the gate and explain that you are here to make a sworn statement for marriage.
 
   
  • It is extremely important that your names on the sworn statement are the same as on your passports.
 
  • Also, if divorced or widowed, you will need to provide the following information for the Nulla Osta form. 
 
 
  • Divorced (bring a copy)
  • Name of former spouse
  • Country of citizenship of former spouse
  • Marriage date and location of where marriage took place
  • State where divorce took place
  • Date of divorce and city, town where divorce took place
 
  • Widowed (need to bring original death certificate)
  • Name of deceased spouse
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
 
  • Please note: Under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the Town Hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and we can assist you for the application - please contact us for full details.
  
After you leave the Embassy, take a TAXI to the Prefettura of Rome Ufficio Legalizzazione.  (it’s about a 20 min drive) 
 
 
Step 2:
 
Authentication of Dichiarazione Giurata/Nulla Ostas at the Prefettura in ROME 
 
  • You will need to purchase stamps for each citizen ahead of time which will be used to authenticate the Nulla Ostas you received from the Embassy.  Note:  We strongly recommend you purchase these before you go to the American Embassy.  You can go to any Tabacchi/Tabacchino (tobacco store) and purchase the stamps.  They are called Marca da Bollo
 
  • Stamp Cost:   € 16.00 each.  (subject to change)
 

Prefettura of Rome Ufficio Legalizzazione:
Address:   Viale Ostiense 131/L, Rome (staircase B II floor)
 
Websitehttp://www.prefettura.it/roma/contenuti/46459.htm
 
Main Telephone Number:  +39 06-6729-4633.
 
Days & Hours:           Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and   Friday (Closed Wednesday), except Holidays - from 9 am– 12 noon (Subject to change)
 
 
  1. If you get your “Dichiarazione Giurata”/sworn statement on Tuesday, then you must go Thursday morning to this office to get them authenticated.
 
  1. If you get your “Dichiarazione Giurata”/sworn statement on Thursday, then you must go Friday morning to this office to get them authenticated.
 
 
  • Note:   it is very important that you arrive NO LATER THAN 8:30 as there could be a long queue outside of the office waiting for them to open.  Once the doors open, you need to get a number from the machine and wait to be called to authenticate your Nulla Ostas.  They accept so many numbers per day. 
 
Note:  They speak very little English.  Below is what you should communicate in Italian if you are not using our guide. 
 
 “Ho bisogno di autenticare documenti di matrimonio” (This means that you need them to authenticate the documents).
 
 
Note:  information is subject to change so please double check the times, cost, etc.
 
 
 
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Information & Instructions for American Consulate & Prefettura in FLORENCE
 
Please note that you will need to spend at least 2 nights in Florence to get the sworn statement issued at the Consulate & authenticated at the Prefettura.  See Days & Hours below for Consulate & for Prefettura 
 
Step 1:
 
American Consulate  in  Florence  (Consolato  Americana)
Lungarno Vespucci, 38
50123 Firenze
 
Telephone No:  (+39) 055-266-951
 
Days & Hours to get the “Dichiarazione Giurata”/sworn statement (Nulla Osta) by appointment only:  Tuesday & Thursday ONLY (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   
Note: The system will only accept appointments 1 month in advance
 
Website: https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/   and https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/marriage-florence/ 
 
Cost:   $ 50.00 per person (cash) or equivalent in Euro. (Subject to change)
   
  • When you arrive at the American Consulate, you will have to present your passports as well as the slips showing proof of your appointments made online to the Guard at the gate and explain that you are here to make a sworn statement for marriage.
   
  • It is extremely important that your names on the Nulla Ostas are the same as on your passports.
 
  • Also, if divorced or widowed, you will need to provide the following information for the Nulla Osta form. 
 
  • Divorced (bring a copy)
  • Name of former spouse
  • Country of citizenship of former spouse
  • Marriage date and location of where marriage took place
  • State where divorce took place
  • Date of divorce and city, town where divorce took place
 
  • Widowed (need to bring original death certificate)
    • Name of deceased spouse
    • Date of death
    • Place of death
 
  • Please note: Under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the Town Hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and we can assist you for the application - please contact us for full details.
 
 
After you leave the Consulate, you can take a taxi to the Prefettura (about a 15-minute ride) or about a 20-minute walk.  
 
 
Step 2:
 
 Authentication of Dichiarazione Giurata/Nulla Ostas at the Prefettura in FLORENCE
 
  • You will need to purchase stamps for each citizen ahead of time which will be used to authenticate the Nulla Ostas you received from the Embassy.  Note:  We strongly recommend you purchase these before you go to the American Embassy.  You can go to any Tabacchi/Tabacchino (tobacco store) and purchase the stamps.  They are called Marca da Bollo
 
  • Stamp Cost:   € 16.00 each.  (subject to change)
 
 
Prefettura:   Ufficio Territoriale del Governo di Firenze. 
Address:   Via Antonio Giacomini 8 (2nd floor, Room 26)
Person in charge of this office: Sig. Gianpietro Burgnich
 
Website:  http://www.prefettura.it/firenze/contenuti/Orari_di_ricevimento-10056.htm
 
Main Telephone Number:  + 39 05 5278 3781
 
Days & Hours:           Monday – Friday from 9– 11 am & Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.mexcept Holidays (subject to change)
 
  1. If you get your “Dichiarazione Giurata”/sworn statement on Tuesday, then you more than likely need to go Wednesday morning to this office to get them authenticated, as it may be closed by the time you are finished with the Consulate.
 
  1. If you get your “Dichiarazione Giurata”/sworn statement on Thursday, then it’s doable to go Thursday in the afternoon before they close at 4:00 to get them authenticated.  If not, you will have to go Friday morning. 
 
 
  • If you go on either Wednesday or Friday, it is very important that you arrive NO LATER THAN 8:30 as there could be a long queue outside of the office waiting for them to open.  Once the doors open, you need to get a number from the machine and wait to be called to authenticate your Nulla Ostas.  They accept so many numbers per day. 
 
 
Note:  They speak very little English.  Below is what you should communicate in Italian if you are not using our guide. 
 
 
 “Ho bisogno di autenticare documenti di matrimonio” (This means that you need them to authenticate the documents).
 
 
Note:  information is subject to change so please double check the times, cost, etc.
 
 

 
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Getting Approval from The Local Town in Italy 
 
  • For outdoor weddings (civil or non-catholic religious) - Just the two of you will appear at the town hall with two witnesses (local residents known to the mayor - supplied by Slow Dreams) with all required original documents described above. The mayor or registrar will conduct a brief and informal ceremony (dress can be be informal but respectful). The mayor or minister will then meet you later (hours or days) at the venue you have chosen with Slow Dreams. He will then conduct a full Italian marriage ceremony in front of your guests. Slow Dreams will provide witnesses and translator for both the town and outdoor ceremonies - see ceremony packages.
  • For town-hall weddings (civil) - You will appear with your guests at the town hall with two witnesses (local residents supplied by Slow Dreams) with all required original documents described above. The mayor or registrar will conduct a full Italian civil marriage ceremony. Slow Dreams will provide witnesses and translator for both the town and outdoor ceremonies
  • For Catholic Weddings - Click here.

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Specifics for Citizens of Eire (Republic of Ireland)

See civil wedding regulations and on-line booking process at:
https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/italy/our-services/marriage-and-civil-partnership/

Religious Ceremonies
If a religious ceremony is performed by a Roman Catholic priest, a separate civil ceremony is unnecessary but the priest must register the marriage with the Ufficiale di Stato Civile in order for it to be legal. Because of the special Italian requirements applicable to marriage performed by non-Roman Catholic clergymen, the latter usually insist on a prior civil ceremony before performing a religious ceremony in order to ensure the legality of the marriage.
The Church requires the same documents as a civil service, as well as other documents which you should discuss with the church authorities

For further information we advise you to get in contact with the Civil Registrar and the Church of the city or town where the marriage is to take place or the Irish Embassy in Rome:

Embassy of Ireland
Piazza di Campitelli 3
00186 ROMA
Tel. 00 39 06 6979121
Fax 00 39 06 6972354

For information on Church weddings please access the weddings site of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome: www.irishcollege.org (or contact Archbishop's House in Drumcondra, Dublin)
Specifics For Australian Citizens


MARRIAGE IN ITALY
Australian government representatives cannot perform marriage ceremonies and you cannot get married at an Australian Embassy or Consulate.

BEFORE ARRIVING IN ITALY
  • Before leaving Australia, we strongly recommend that you obtain an Atto Notorio (sworn declaration) from the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the state in which you reside.
  • Make sure you travel with your Australian passport. If you were married before, bring evidence of the termination of your previous marriage.
Please note that a divorced woman who wants to marry again within 300 days of the date of her divorce must contact the local Italian authorities and seek special permission from an Italian magistrate. Otherwise, she must allow the required period of 300 days to elapse. If you are widowed, you must bring the death certificate of your previous spouse. Certificates can be obtained from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Please note that all certificates including divorce certificates or death certificates certifying termination of your previous marriage MUST be ORIGINALS. Photocopies are not accepted.
ONCE IN ITALY

In addition to the Atto Notorio, an Australian citizen intending to get married in Italy will need to make a Sworn Declaration (Nulla Osta). This Sworn Declaration must be signed, whether you are single, divorced or widowed, in the presence of an Australian Consular officer at the Australian Embassy in Rome, Via Antonio Bosio 5, Tel:06/8527224606/85272246, (or Australian Consulate-General in Milan: via Borgogna 2 Tel: 02/7767421702/77674217- open Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 17.00 and Friday from 9.00 to 16.00).

Please contact the Consular Section before attending as an appointment is required in order to obtain the Nulla Osta.

A Nulla Osta literally states that "there are no impediments," or that one is free to marry. The Nulla Osta (Sworn Declaration) is valid for six months and costs the Euro equivalent of A$50.00 per Australian citizen.

Please note that payments can only be made in cash as credit card services are not available at the Australian Embassy.

The Nulla Osta must then be legalised by the Uffico Legalizzazioni of the Prefettura. The details of the Prefettura in Rome are: Viale Ostiense, 131L, 2nd floor, Scala B, Rome - open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm. Before going to the Prefettura, you will need to purchase a revenue stamp (marca da bollo) which costs Euro 14,62 (approx.) at a tobacconist (tabaccaio) to take with you.

If you are unable to obtain an "Atto di notoriet per uso matrimonio" (also known as Atto Notorio) from an Italian Consulate in Australia, you may obtain one from the Tribunale Civile in Italy. Below we have provided contact details and opening hours of the Tribunale Civile in Rome, although Atti Notori may be obtained from any Tribunale Civile in Italy.

You may call the Tribunale Civile in Rome to set an appointment at the number below between the hours of 09.00 and 13.00 Monday to Friday.

Contact details for the Tribunale Civile in Rome:
Tribunale Civile di Roma
Office for "Atti Notori"
Viale Giulio Cesare 54/B
1st floor, Room 86 - Tel: +39 063577 296+39 063577 296

Business Hours:
Morning: Monday to Friday : 9:00 to 13.00
Afternoon: Thursday 15:00 pm to 16:20

The person requesting the Atto Notorio must attend in person together with two adult witnesses. If either spouse or one of the witnesses does not speak Italian, it is necessary to provide an interpreter, in addition to the two witnesses.

N.B. Neither spouse can act as witness or interpreter.

Payment at the Tribunale Civile is made in the form of duty stamps which you should purchase in advance. The amount required is:

For an urgent certificate issued on the same day:
  • One duty stamp for the value of 14,62 Euros for the original Atto Notorio which will be kept by the Tribunale Civile
    plus
  • another 14,62 Euro duty stamp for your copy of the Atto Notorio and 3 duty stamps for the value of 6.20 euros each.
OR
If the certificate is not urgent (to be collected after 5 days):
  • One duty stamp for the value of 14,62 Euros for the original Atto Notorio which will be kept by the Tribunale Civile
    plus
  • another 14,62 Euro duty stamp and 1 duty stamp for the value of 6.20 euro.

CIVIL CEREMONY

The first step is to bring the Atto Notorio and Nulla Osta to the Ufficio Matrimoni, or Marriage Office, in the Italian city where you plan to marry.

If one or more of the parties is Italian or is an Australian with Italian residency, then Banns (pubblicazione di matrimonio) must be posted for at least two weeks before the date of the marriage.

For further information, please contact the Australian Embassy in Rome on 06/8527224606/85272246
(email: consular-rome@dfat.gov.au & website; www.italy.embassy.gov.au/rome/Marriage.html

Australian Embassy - Rome
Consular Section
Fax: 0685272300
Ph. 0685272299

The above information is provided by the Consular Section of the Australian Embassy in Rome for the convenience of enquirers, but neither the Australian Government nor the Embassy can take any responsibility whatsoever in regard to the consequences of using the above information.
Specifics For Canadian Citizens

https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/italy-italie/consular_services_consulaires/marriage-mariage.aspx?lang=eng
  

You wish to get married in Italy?
Italian law requires EACH non-Italian wishing to be married in Italy to present a "Nulla Osta" (Certificate of non-Impediment) or equivalent documentation.
The Government of Canada does not issue "Nulla Osta". However, to assist Canadians to meet the Italian requirements, the Embassy of Canada issues a declaration containing the relevant information.
Requests for the declaration can be made by mail or in person, by appointment. Our delivery service standards are 5 business days from the time we receive a complete application.
Obtaining a Declaration (Nulla Osta) from the Embassy in Rome
You must first complete and swear an affidavit to the effect that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage. You may swear the affidavit in Canada, at the Embassy in Rome or at one of our Consulates, or at another Government of Canada office abroad.
Then, the affidavit and the attached documents listed below must be sent or brought, by appointment, to the Embassy of Canada in Rome.
Each Canadian Citizen must complete and swear the following Marriage Affidavit. The affidavit may be sworn: Submit the sworn affidavit to the Embassy of Canada in Rome, together with all of the following supporting documents, by mail or by appointment:
  1. certified true copy of his/her own valid Canadian passport
  2. proof of Canadian Citizenship:
    • for persons born in Canada, original or certified true copy of both sides of the long-form birth certificate, which includes information on the parents
    • for persons born outside of Canada, original or certified true copy of both sides of the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
       
  3. original or certified true copy of a marriage record search issued by the Vital Statistics office of each Canadian Province and/or Territory where he/she resided since reaching the age of 16; each search must cover the entire period during which the person has resided in that Province or Territory
  4. original or certified copy of the applicant’s final divorce certificate or decree (if divorced)
  5. original or certified copy of a deceased spouse’s death certificate(if widowed)
  6. certified copy of the fiancé(e)’s valid passport
  7. copy of the consular processing fee payment receipt, or payment in person by MasterCard or Visa
  8. mailing/pick-up instructions (mailing is done by registered post to a foreign or Italian address at no additional cost)
IMPORTANT: If you and your fiancé(e) are both Canadian citizens, you will each need to swear an affidavit, and each obtain a declaration from the Embassy of Canada. Please consider that fees will, therefore, also be doubled.
Fees
Fees are payable for each declaration and for each affidavit, if sworn at the Embassy; they are non-refundable. For more information, please see Fees and Method of Payment.
Where do I submit the application?
By mail or courier:
Embassy of Canada 
Consular Affairs (LN) 
Via Zara, 30 
00198 Rome 
Italy
In person: same address as above, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon
What to Do After Obtaining the Declaration
  1. Present the declaration to the competent "Prefettura - Ufficio Legalizzazioni" (provincial authority) to be formally authenticated. Please refer to the list of all "Prefetture" in Italy.
     
  2. After it has been authenticated, you must present it to the Marriage Office of the Municipality in Italy. Banns are waived if neither party is Italian nor residing in Italy.
     
  3. The Municipal authorities will request the couple to return (usually in 2 or 3 days) with 2 witnesses PLUS an interpreter (if one or both parties are not familiar with the Italian language) to execute a declaration before the "Ufficiale dello Stato Civile" (Registrar of Vital Statistics) of the Municipality. Arrangements are then concluded and a date is scheduled for the civil marriage ceremony. Two witnesses PLUS an interpreter (if necessary) must be present at the civil marriage ceremony.

    Although the Italian authorities usually extend assistance to foreigners wishing to marry in Italy, a date for a civil marriage ceremony is generally NOT scheduled unless the above-mentioned declaration (see point 3) has first been executed by the couple.

    The waiting period (from the date the required documents are presented to the marriage office to the date of the civil marriage ceremony) may vary depending on the season of the year and on the number of requests received by the municipality.

    Some municipalities levy marriage fees for non-residents.
Please note: Until recently, a woman whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days had to obtain a waiver from the competent "Procura della Repubblica" (Court) in Italy in order to marry in Italy. Depending on the locality, this requirement may no longer be applied. You are advised to check with the “Comune” where you wish to marry.
The Embassy of Canada in Rome does not assist with marriage arrangements. If you, or a delegated person, are unable to make the necessary arrangements with the local Municipality, you may wish to contact an agency to assist you. See the list of agencies.

Religious Ceremonies
Roman-Catholic
In the case of a religious marriage ceremony to be performed at a Roman-Catholic Church, you must present the declaration issued by the Embassy, duly legalized by the competent Prefettura, to the Parish priest in Italy, in addition to all documents required by the Church. The Parish priest will arrange for the registration of the religious marriage with the competent Italian Vital Statistics authorities. The marriage must be so registered in order to have civil value in Italy.
Non Roman-Catholic
To our knowledge, marriages performed at non-Roman Catholic houses of worship require a civil ceremony as well. It is suggested that you contact the religious leader as early as possible to obtain appropriate information.
What to Do After the Marriage
Marriages that are legally performed in a foreign country are usually valid in Canada, and you do not need to register them in Canada. If you have questions about the validity of your foreign marriage, contact the Vital Statistics Office of your province or territory.
It is recommended that, before leaving Italy or with the help of the wedding planner if one is present, the newly-married couple obtain from the municipality (Comune) where the marriage was celebrated several copies of a marriage certificate in multilingual format, called Estratto dell’atto di matrimonio in formato plurilingue. For this certificate to be recognized in Canada, the following steps must be undertaken subsequent to its issuance: the signature of the officer must be authenticated by the competent Procura or Prefettura and then sent to the Embassy of Canada in Rome for authentication.
 
 
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany,Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

Note: some town-halls are unaware of detailed marriage regulations for certain countries - it is important you check with us first.

Citizens of countries taking part in the Monaco Convention of 05/09/1980, must present a Certificate of legal capacity to marry issued by the Civil Status Office of the city of residence (membership) in the country of origin (no need for legalization).

Most other countries require one of the following:
  • A CNI (certificate of No Impediment to marriage) issued by your embassy or consulate in Italy AND authenticated by the Italian government office local to that embassy or consulate.
  • An authenticated CNI (certificate of no impediment to marriage) issues by your nearest Italian embassy or consulate. This certificate will be authenticated by the embassy/consulate.

 
Two Hour No-Hassle Approval
 
We have arrangements with a few towns in Italy that will offer a expedited approval - this is good citizens of countries that issue Nulla osta certificates at their consulates  -  e.g., the US consulates.   Click on link above. 





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