How to Obtain a Birth Certificate From Italy

by Irene A. Blake

Whether you need a birth certificate for legal reasons (such as an application for for dual citizenship) or you are gathering documentation for a family tree project, you can obtain a birth certificate (certificato di nascita) from Italy through the office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the appropriate birth province or municipality.

Gather all pertinent information (birthplace, birth date, parents or name of person given at birth) about the person whose information you are requesting appear on a birth certificate. You'll also need any identifying documentation that proves your relationship to that person. Keep in mind that without all of the information, the Italian registrars who process these requests may be unable to find a certificate or unwilling to assist you.

Use the "Directory of Italian Cities and Towns" to locate the website of the appropriate Italian birth location and mailing address of the office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics for that area. Keep in mind that this resource is in Italian. You can use a free online translation program like Yahoo! Babel Fish (babelfish.yahoo.com) to translate the sites. Copy the Italian website address into the "Translate a web page" field, select "English to Italian" from the drop down menu and click "Translate" to see the translated site.

Fill out, date and sign the "Certificato di Nascita" request form provided by the U.S. Department of State and any additional forms requested by the registrar's office.

Purchase International Reply Coupons to include with your request to cover the cost of shipping the birth certificate to the United States. Italian authorities do not pay shipping.

Mail your request and identifying documentation.

Items you will need

  • Vital birth information
  • Identifying documentation
  • Postage
  • Fees

Tip

  • Free website translators typically cannot translate exactly every word from one language to another. Have an Italian to English dictionary on hand when conducting your search for the office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics.

Warning

  • As Italian registrars do not translate requests made in other languages, fill out any forms in Italian or English/Italian to expedite requests and reduce delays. If you intend to use an Italian birth certificate for legal purposes, ask in writing that the Italian authorities authenticate/certify the document using an apostille. Always contact the Italian Embassy with additional questions or concerns, such as approximate turnaround time for requests or method to pay any associated administration fees.

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.

Photo Credits

  • birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com