American citizens getting married in Italy
American citizens getting married in Italy must present the following documents :
•PASSPORT for a civilian or ID Card for a member of the Army forces;
•Copy of full BIRTH CERTIFICATE with the name of both parents. This document must be translated into Italian and must also be certified with an APOSTILLE by the Notary Public of the State where the document has been originated in. Under the Italian law the Apostille is valid only for 6 months.
•If applicable, a FINAL DIVORCE DECREE or DEATH CERTIFICATE of any previous marriage. These documents have to be translated into Italian and Apostilled.
•ATTO NOTORIO (to be done in USA or Italy): this is a declaration sworn by 2 or 4 witnesses stating that according to US laws there is no obstacle to the citizens’ marriage, before an Italian Consul outside of Italy or in Italy before a Court Official. Important: the Atto Notorio cannot be issued more than 3 months before the wedding. We strongly recommend you to do it in USA because it’s easy for you to find witnesses who know you.
•NULLA OSTA or SWORN STATEMENT (to be done only in Italy): This document states that there are no obstacles according to US laws for the marriage to be performed in Italy. The document once issued has to be authenticated at the Prefettura (Law Court) with an Apostille to be accepted by the Italian Authorities. The local authorities will need these certificates at least 2 months before the ceremony.
Very important: your full name must be written in the same way on Passports, Atto Notorio and Nulla Osta, otherwise the documents won’t be considered valid. Your Birth and or divorce/death certificates must be translated into Italian and Apostilled through the Secretary of State’s Notary Public of the state the document originated in. We advise to refer to the Consul office that will issue your Atto Notorio. Apostille: this word means that the original documents (birth and, if applicable, divorce) which need to be presented to the Italian Consulate have been sent to the Secretary of State’s Notary Public of the state from which the document originally is from for authentication (or Apostille seal). The Apostille is simply the seal of the Notary Public of the State in accordance with the Hague Convention, which means that the documents can be used officially even in a foreign country. It is NOT a regular Notary Public stamp!!