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Stato Civile

 

Stato Civile

 

VITAL STATISTICS

All Italian citizens, whether residing in Italy or abroad, must inform the Italian public administration of any change to their marital status and/or family composition, and submit the documentation required to register life events (such as birth, marriage, divorce, death) in Italy. Italian citizens residing abroad are assisted in this process by the Italian Consular authority in whose jurisdiction they currently reside, regardless of where the event occurred.

This Consulate General notifies the competent Town Hall in Italy of all relative life events of Italian citizens residing in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory. For the purposes of registration in Italy, only original documents in long-form issued by the Provincial Vital Statistics offices will be accepted (no Certificates). This procedure is subject to consular fees (see Art. 7, Table of Consular Fees).

All documents submitted for registration purposes must be accompanied by a corresponding Italian translation. The Consulate General will certify the latter as "true translations" at no cost.

Our Consulate General does not provide translations services. You may contact the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC. To be acceptable, translations must be integral and correct.

 

REGISTRATION IN ITALY OF VITAL STATISTICS DOCUMENTS ISSUED OUTSIDE OF THIS CONSULAR JURISDICTION
To register documents originating from outside of our Consular jurisdiction, whether from other Canadian provinces or from abroad, applicants must submit documentation that has been duly legalized by the competent local authorities, and duly translated in Italian with no errors or omission.
It is advisable to check with the competent Italian Consular office to confirm what documentation is required, who to contact for translation services, and if there are additional steps to take (e.g. documents originating in the USA must be accompanied by an Apostille).
For all court documents pertaining to divorce issued outside of this Consular jurisdiction, please contact the Italian Consular office competent for the area in which the documents were issued.
A complete list of our Italian Consular network is available from the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

REGISTRATION IN ITALY OF VITAL STATISTICS DOCUMENTS ISSUED IN THIS CONSULAR JURISDICTION  (Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon)
The following is a list of the documents required to request the registration of a life event in Italy. Please note that for birth and marriage events only original documents in long-form are accepted (no Certificates).

 


BIRTH
Registration of a birth in Italy is a necessary requirement for all Italian citizens born abroad. More information on Italian citizenship is available on our Citizenship page.
Documents needed to request the registration of a birth:
1.  Registration request form
2.  Original birth document in long-form:
- Alberta: "Photocopy of a Registration of Birth" (click here to view a sample)
-British Columbia: "Certified Copy of a Birth Registration" (click here) or "Certified Electronic Extract of a Birth Registration" (click here)
- Saskatchewan: "Certified Photocopy of Registration of Live Birth" (click here)
- Yukon: "Restricted photocopy of Yukon Birth Registration
3. Translation of the original birth document (for a contact list of translators: Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC).      
4. If the parents do not reside in this consular jurisdiction, also provide proof of Italian citizenship of either parent (e.g. photocopy of valid Italian passport, identity card).
5. Payment of the applicable consular fee for the legalization of the document (see Art. 7, Table of Consular Fees). Payment in CAD$ must be in cash or money order/bank draft, made out to "Consulate General of Italy".

For children born to parents not legally married (including parents that are in common-law union) it is necessary to contact the Consulate for information on to to proceed with the acknowledgment of maternity and paternity.

The underage child (i.e. under 18 years of age) of an Italian citizen is automatically Italian: all that is needed is having his birth registered in Italy. On the other hand, the child over 18 of an Italian citizen will need to apply for recognition of Italian citizenship by descent.

 


MARRIAGE
Documents needed to request the registration of a marriage:
1.   Registration request form
2.
   Original marriage document in long-form:
- Alberta: "Photocopy of a Registration of Marriage" (click here to view a sample)
- British Columbia: "Certified Copy of a Marriage Registration" (click here) or "Certified Electronic Extract of a Marriage Registration" (click here)
- Saskatchewan: "Certified Photocopy of Registration of Marriage" (click here)
- Yukon: "Restricted photocopy of Yukon Marriage Registration"
3. Translation of the original marriage document (for a contact list of translators: Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC)
4.
Photocopy of the birth certificate of the non-Italian spouse
5. If one or both spouses are not residing in this consular jurisdiction, also provide proof of Italian citizenship (e.g. photocopy of valid Italian passport, identity card)
6. Payment of the applicable consular fee for the legalization of the document (see Art. 7, Table of Consular Fees). Payment in CAD$ must be in cash or money order/bank draft, made out to "Consulate General of Italy".

An Italian citizen who was married in Italy, divorced abroad, and subsequently remarried abroad, must necessarily register the divorce prior to submitting paperwork for registration of the second marriage (see divorce procedures below).



DIVORCE
The foreign divorce of an Italian citizen must also be registered in Italy.
Foreign divorces can be registered in Italy directly, as long as the Judge is deemed legally qualified in accordance with Italian legislation to pass judgment, and so long as the judgment itself meets the basic requirements of Law n. 218 of May 31, 1995 art. 64, in effect as of December 31, 1996. The Vital Statistics office of the Italian Town Hall where the divorce is to be registered is responsible for deciding whether the divorce sentence meets these requirements.
Registration of divorce is subject to consular fees (see art. 69 of the Table of Consular Fees).

Required documents:

  1. Affidavit and request for registration of a divorce (click here).
  2. Final Order (aka Decree Nisi) and Certificate of Divorce (aka Decree Absolute). The documentation must be issued by the Provincial Court with an original signature of the Clerk of the Court. The documents must subsequently be mailed to the following office of the Government of Canada for legalisation: Global Affairs Canada - Authentication Services Section (JLAC)
    http://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/study_work_travel-etude_travail_voyage/authentication-authentification.
  3. Italian translation of the documents, by a professional translator.
  4. Copy of the applicant’s current photo ID.
  5. Payment of consular fees (see Consular Table Art. 69 x 2 documents) in cash or bank draft.

The request for registration with all the above-listed documentation be presented in person during opening hours or submitted by mail.


 


DEATH
The death of an Italian citizen must be registered in Italy, no matter where it occurred. This also applies to former Italian citizens.
Documents needed to request the registration of a death:
1. Registration request form
2. Original death certificate in short form:

  • British Columbia: "Certificate of Death"
  • Alberta: "Certificate of Death"
  • Saskatchewan: "Certificate of Death"
  • Yukon: "Yukon Death Certificate"

3. Translation of the death document
4. Original Italian passport of the deceased (even if expired); if not available, copy of his/her Italian ID.
5. Copy of the large-sized Certificate of Canadian citizenship, if available.
6. Payment of the applicable consular fee for the legalization of the document (see Art. 7, Table of Consular Fees). Payment in CAD$ must be in cash or money order/bank draft, made out to "Consulate General of Italy".

 


ADOPTIONS
In accordance to art. 36 paragraph 4 of Law n. 184/1983 regarding the rights of a minor to belong to a family, an adoption order issued to the Italian parent(s) in the foreign country in which they have legally resided for a minimum of two years, can be recognized valid in Italy by order of the Court for Minors so long as it meets the principles set out by the International Convention on the Protection of Minors.

The application can be submitted via the Italian Consulate of reference to the Italian Court for Minors responsible for place of registration in Italy (AIRE) of the parent(s).

In addition to the application form, the following documentation is required:

  • The Adoption Order in original from the issuing Court, with a corresponding Italian translation. Both the Court Order and the translation must have an Apostille from the authorities of the country of issuance, or a legalisation of the Italian Embassy/Consulate territorially responsible for the place of issuance of these documents;
  • The child’s birth certificate in original and the corresponding Italian translation. Both must have an Apostille from the authorities of the country of issuance, or a legalisation of the Italian Embassy/Consulate territorially responsible for the place of issuance of these documents;
  • Copy of current picture ID for both parents and child;
  • Payment of the applicable consular fees.

 


BANNS OF MARRIAGE
Italian citizens who intend to marry in Canada in the presence of Canadian authorities are not required to request the posting of marriage banns in Italy.
Italian citizens who intend to marry in Italy or in an Italian Consulate/Embassy are required to request the posting of marriage banns in the six months that precede the wedding date. The requests must be presented:
• in their respective places (Comune) of residence in Italy, if the intended spouses reside in Italy;
• in the Consulate in Vancouver if the intended spouses reside in our consular jurisdiction and are registered in the AIRE (alternatively, if one of the intended spouses resides in Italy, the request for the posting of the marriage banns can be presented directly to the Comune).

Non-Italian citizens that wish to marry in Italy must each present a Nulla Osta to the competent Municipal (Comune) or religious (Parrocchia) authorities, as per art. 116 of the Italian civil code. Citizens of Austria, Italy, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey (countries that have signed and ratified the Monaco Convention of 05/09/1980) are instead required to obtain from their respective countries a certificate of non-impediment (“certificato di capacità matrimoniale”) to be presented to the Consulate. Note that the Monaco Convention does not apply to Belgium, a signatory country that has yet to ratify the agreement. Certificates issued in accordance to the Monaco Convention are exempt from further legalisation requirements (or the equivalent of) that may apply within the country of origin.
As a first step we strongly recommend contacting the Embassy/Consular office in Italy of your respective country of nationality.

Banns of marriage are posted for eight consecutive days on the Consular notice board in our offices and on our website. At the end of this period the Consulate will issue confirmation that the banns of marriage occurred and forward this certification to the Italian municipal authorities where the marriage is to be celebrated. The marriage can only be celebrated after the posting of the banns has been completed and only within the fourth and the one hundred eightieth day (4th to 180th) of this period.
In the case of a religious marriage, we advise contacting both your local parish in Canada and the Italian parish of the place the marriage is to be celebrated. The Consulate General, upon successful completion of the posting of the banns, will issue a certificate required by the celebrant priest attesting that the religious ceremony will be fully recognized for all civil purposes.
Note:
Individuals wishing to remarry (widows/divorcees/following an annulled marriage) must verify that their marital status in their Municipality of reference in Italy is updated.

The Italian citizen born abroad must verify that his/her birth has been registered in Italy, and that they are registered in the AIRE.
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Italian citizens intending to marry in Italy who reside in this consular jurisdiction and are registered in the AIRE (database of Italians residing abroad) must present:
- Banns of marriage request form, signed by both parties and presented in person or by proxy. In this latter case, the third party must present the signed proxy as well as a photocopy of the valid picture ID of the intended spouse(s);
- Valid picture ID;
- Payment in Canadian dollars, in cash or via money order/bank draft made out to the Consulate General of Italy, of the applicable consular fees (see art. 2b and art. 3 of the Table of Consular Fees. For religious marriage article 2D also applies).

If one of the intended spouses is a Canadian citizen, the following is required:
- His/her original birth certificate in “Certified Copy of a Registration” format. If this is issued outside of our Consular jurisdiction it must be authenticated by the Italian Consulate responsible for that Province/Territory;
- A “Nulla Osta” or “certificate of non-impediment” issued by the Canadian Embassy in Rome. For more information visit the website of the Embassy of Canada in Rome (click here);
- Valid passport.
If one of the intended spouses is an EU citizen and a resident of Canada, the following is required:
- Passport;
- A certificate attesting to their current marital status issued by their country of citizenship;
- A certificate attesting to their current marital status issued by the Canadian Provincial authorities for each Province and/or Territory of residence since the age of 16 (a Search of Marriage Records is issued by the Vital Statistics agency of the Province/Territory). If this is issued outside of our Consular jurisdiction it must be authenticated by the Italian Consulate responsible for that Province/Territory;

If one of the intended spouses is a non-EU citizen and a resident of Canada, the following is required:
- A “Nulla Osta” or “certificate of non-impediment” issued by the Embassy in Italy of their country of citizenship. For more information please contact your Embassy of reference in Rome (For Embassy of the USA click here).
- His/her original birth certificate in original with an Apostille, or otherwise legalised by the Italian Consular office responsible for the Country of birth. The document must be accompanied by an Italian translation and the translation must have an Apostille or legalisation by the responsible Italian Consular office.
- Canadian visa or permanent resident card;
- Passport;
- A certificate attesting to their current marital status issued by the Canadian Provincial authorities for each Province and/or Territory of residence since the age of 16 (a Search of Marriage Records is issued by the Vital Statistics agency of the Province/Territory). If this is issued outside of our Consular jurisdiction it must be authenticated by the Italian Consulate responsible for that Province/Territory;

For the current Table of Consular fees, please visit our Forms page.
Consult our online Consular Notice Board to view current banns of marriage.

 


CIVIL UNIONS (SAME-SEX UNIONS)
Through Law n. 76 of May 20, 2016 and the subsequent Regulation (DPCM n. 144 of July 23, 2016), it is now possible for same-sex couples to enter into a civil union with their partners.

Italian citizens who are already married to their same-sex spouse according to local legislation (outside of Italy) - even if their marriage took place before the date of Law n. 76 of 2016 - need to present to the Consular office with jurisdiction on their place of residence the marriage certificate, in order to have it registered in Italy in the Registry of Civil Unions. Please check under Vital Statistics – Marriage, above in this page, to learn which documents need to be submitted.

Italian citizens residing in Italy or in a different consular jurisdiction than this Consulate General's, who want to submit the certificates of their same-sex marriage certificate celebrated abroad - whether in person or through a consular office - can forward to our Consulate General the document to be legalized according to the information provided under "Marriage" above.

Italian citizens partners in same-sex couples, who are not legally married anywhere, and who wish to enter into a civil union in Italy, can contact the Consulate General to receive information on the procedure to follow, by sending an email message to statocivile.vancouver@esteri.it

 

 


CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

According to art. 1, parr. 36 through 65 of Law n. 76 of May 20, 2016, two persons of over 18 years of age, who form a couple based on a sentimental relationship and on mutual moral and material assistance, who are not tied by kinship, marriage or civil union, can declare they form a couple and are not mere housemates.
Based on the Ministry of the Interior Note no. 7 dated 1 June 2016 and the opinion expressed by the same Ministry on 6 February 2017, the institution of cohabitation is not applicable to AIRE members but only to citizens (Italians and foreigners) residing
in Italy. So it is not possible to request the registration of a cohabitation abroad.


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