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This is a precious guide with several important informations about essential documents to be produced to get any fully valid kind of marriage, depending on your nationality.
Atto Notorio is only required for US and Australian Citizens.
An Atto Notorio (Sworn Affidavit) is an affidavit to be done prior the wedding in an Italian Consulates in Australia or in the US. You can also opt to do your Atto Notorio in Italy. We will be happy to book an appointment for you.
In order to get your Atto Notorio you must do a declaration relative to the civil status in front of the Italian Consulate with two witnesses (provided by you): set an appointment with the nearest Italian Consulate to where you live.
In case you would opt to do your Atto Notorio in Italy we will also provide you the witnesses and we will handle all legalities, appointments and interpreter.
In order to get your Atto Notorio you should be able to provide the following documents:
Translations have to be authenticated by the Italian Consulate.
If one of the Parties has been divorced, the Italian Catholic Church won’t allow you to re-marry in a Church, unless the Sacra Rota (the only Institution legally able to officially annulled marriages) had previously annulled your wedding.
In case the couple has been previously civilly divorced and want to get married again in the Church it is required a civil reconciliation certificate.
If one of you are not Catholic you are allowed to get married but you should provide this additional document which testify that your wedding can be performed by the Italian religious authorities.
This certificate is usually issued by the local bishop of your country, but I would suggest to ask for information to your local Priest who will easily help you to obtain this document.
The ‘Permission of mixed religion’ has to be sealed or stamped by the Bishop’s Parish office.
Most of the Italian Churches will directly translate your documents but if you select an area where they do not offer this service I will provide it for an additional fee.
Documents should not be done more than 3 months in advance or they expire. (except for the certificate of baptism, holy communion and confirmation, issued when you received these sacraments). Therefore you have plenty of time to obtain these documents as they can not be received any earlier than six months before the wedding and usually by one month before.
Please note that at least a month is the minimum requested from the Italian religious Authorities to review and approve the paperwork.
Usually 40 days before the wedding you should send all the originals directly to the Italian Curia, so they can proceed with the preparation of documents: in order to complete the Catholic marriage requirements it is fundamental to provide the originals documents. If time does not permit, it is possible for you to bring the originals with you and show the originals during the meeting I will organize with the Priest (usually 1 or 2 days before the wedding, according to the Priest’s availability). However, I do not recommend using this option unless absolutely necessary.
Keep the original documents with you, do not send these here in Italy before receiving the Italian Religious Authorities approval based on the copies you send me.
The above are some general religious procedures which can vary from one diocese to another and therefore must be verified in each individual case: being constantly in contact and updated with all the churches all over Italy I can consequently guarantee you a professional assistance.
ALL THE COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE SENT US VIA FAX OR SCAN VIA EMAIL.
It is necessary to receive copies of all of these documents to verify with the Italian Church that they are complete and correct.
SEND ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS TO ITALY VIA DHL OR FEDEX (always save the tracking number), PLEASE NEVER USE THE NORMAL POSTAL SERVICE.
NOTE: The Italian priest or Curia has final say on granting official permission for the catholic ceremony to move forward after checking the paperwork, therefore the agency does not have authority over religious regulations.
Independently from your nationality, in order to get legally married in Italy you should be able to provide the following documents.
Please note that the paperwork requirements expire after 3 months if you have not yet married:
It is fundamental that your full name is written in the same manner in all the above documents (this can happen if you have more surnames and they are not always expressly listed in all documents or if the future bride has already been married before and is still keeping the name of her ex-husband. In this case please be sure that your passport, Certificate of No impediment and Nulla Osta contains your maiden name), otherwise your paperwork won’t be accepted by the wedding officials.
British nationals must present the following documents in order to get a Nulla Osta issued the British Consulate to get married in Italy:
Once you have obtained these documents fax them to our office at + 39.432.913809 so that we can forward them to the British Consulate. After checking them, the Consular officer will confirm to us if documents are fully completed and valid for them to issue your permission to marry in Italy (called Nulla Osta). Once the Ok is given, all you have to do is send original documents to Italy (except passports) to the address we give you.
British consulate in Naples:
Via dei Mille 40
80121 Napoli NA
tel: (0039) 081 423 8911
fax: (0039) 081 422 434
Open to the public:
Monday-Friday 09:00 – 12:30; 14:00 – 16:00
except August: 08:30 – 13:30
To get married in Italy and Irish National must apply for a “Certificate de Coutume” or “Certificate of Nulla Osta”.
Where to apply?
Irish citizens living in Ireland should apply to the consular section of the Department of Foreign Affairs:
Consular Section – Department of Foreign Affairs
72/76 St. Stephen’s Green
Tel. (01) 408 2568
Locall:1890 426 700
Fax: (01) 478 5951
Your certificate of Freedom to marry will be sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Irish Embassy in Rome who will then forward it to the district where you will be married.
Irish Embassy in Rome:
The Embassy of Ireland in Italy | L’Ambasciata d’Irlanda
Piazza di Campitelli 3, 00186 Rome, Italy
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00-13:00
In most other cases, the Certificate of Freedom to marry will be issued by the department and sent directly to you.
Irish Citizens living abroad should contact their nearest Irish Embassy to apply for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry. List of the Irish Embassies can be found on this website: http://foreignaffairs.gov.ie/
Note: The Embassy suggests applications be made about four months prior to the wedding, while the Nulla Osta will be issued about one month before the wedding.
US citizens getting married in Italy must secure the following documents in the sequence they appear:
US EMBASSY IN ITALY
Via V. Veneto 121, 00187 Roma
Tel. (011)(39)(6) 46741; Fax (011)(39)(6) 488-2672
US CONSULATE NEAR THE AMALFI COAST
U.S. Consulate General Naples,
Piazza della Repubblica, 80122 Naples
Tel. (011)(39)(81) 583-8111;
Fax. (011)(39)(81) 761-1869.
Before leaving Australia we strongly recommend you to Obtain an ATTO NOTORIO (sworn declaration) from the Italian Embassy/Consulate in Australia in the state where you reside. Then are necessary:
Note: 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.
In addition to the Atto Notorio, an Australian citizen intending to get married in Italy will need to make a Statutory Declaration (NULLA OSTA). This declaration must be signed in the presence of an Australian Consular office at the Australian Embassy in Rome or at the Consulate General in Milan. This document simply states that “there are no impediments” and that one is free to marry.
The Nulla Osta is valid only for 6 months
Nulla Osta must then be legalized by the PREFETTURA in Rome (Law Court)
Note: If you did not obtain the Atto Notorio prior coming to Italy, this document can be executed at the TRIBUNALE – Ufficio Atto Notori, and you must present with an Interpreter and 2 witnesses over 18. You, the witnesses and the interpreter must show proof of identity, evidence of recent entry into Italy (i.e. plane ticket or visa or a permit to stay).
CONSULAR SECTION AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN ROME
Via Antonio Bosio 5
TEL: + 39 (06) 852721 or direct number: + 39 (06) 85272299
Fax: + 39 (06) 85272300
Office hours: 8.30 – 12.00/13.30 – 16.30 Monday to Friday
ITALIAN EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA
12 Grey Street, Deakin ACT 2600 –
Tel. 02-6273 3333 Fax. 02-6273 4223
To get married in Italy, a Canadian citizen must present a sworn declaration called NULLA OSTA (also known as Certificate of non impediment) to the Registry Office of the city or town where the wedding will be performed.
The Canadian Government does not issue the Nulla Osta, however the Canadian Embassy in Rome assists Canadian citizens preparing a declaration containing the relevant information needed by the Italian authorities.
To obtain this document you must set up an appointment with the Canadian Authorities in Rome and swear an affidavit to the effect that there are no impediment to the proposed marriage.
If the affidavit is made right in at the Canadian Embassy in Rome or the Consular General in Milan, the applicant should fill out an appropriate form A(we provide) and bring and present the following documents:
The affidavit can also be sworn in front of a notary public in Canada or a consular official at Canadian Embassies or Consulates in other countries. In this case, you will need to complete a form B (we give you) and follow our instructions.
In this case all you have to do is send documents through correspondence and there is no need you to present personally in Rome to complete paperwork. It is very important that in addition to the form B, you have notarized also the other documents required (see list above). Once these documents are fully completed you can send them to Italy using a reliable courier to Rome:
CANADIAN EMBASSY – CONSULAR SECTION
Via Zara, 30
00198 ROME (ITALIA)
FAX. 06/445.982.912 email@example.com
Once the Nulla Osta has been issued it must be authenticated at the Prefettura (Law Court)
Last step is presenting your Nulla Osta to the Registry office where the wedding will take place. Depending on the marriage location you choose you might be asked to present a declaration of Intent to marry before the civil registrar.
Depending on your country of origin, circumstances can vary so it would be simpler to get in contact and let us know your details so that we can determine necessary steps that must be taken.