Attesting Italian Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about Italian Apostille services

Can Italian documents be legalized by Apostille?

Yes - Italy is a member of the Apostille Convention.

Italian documents can be legalized for use abroad with an Apostille Stamp when destined for other signatory countries without additional certification by the destination country.

When Italian documents are required for non-apostille countries, such as AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - MY MalaysiaMalaysia - TH ThailandThailand - ZM ZambiaZambia - QA QatarQatar they need additional authentication by the embassy of the destination country.

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Submission within the European Union
Certain Italian documents do not require Apostilles when they are presented to authorities of other European Union countries (the receiving authority should accept the original or a certified copy).

When applying for certain public documents, a multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by an Italian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority to understand a public document which is in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.
See: EU Multilingual standard formsExternal link (opens in new tab)

Italian documents not requiring Apostilles include birth, death, marriage certificates, absence of a criminal record (a clean criminal record of an Italian citizen), certificates of nationality and residence:
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Other Italian documents, including academic certificates, still require Apostille certification and certified translation to be valid in other EU countries.

Civil status certificates (multilingual extracts from the civil status registers)
Italian birth, marriage and death certificates) issued in accordance with the conventions of the International Commission on Civil and Civil Status should not require Apostille Stamps when being submitted to one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cape Verde, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

Multilingual certificates of no impediment to marriage
Italian certificates of no impediment to marriage are exempt from any formality for submission to the following countries (Munich CIEC Convention):
Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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What types of documents can be legalized in Italy for use abroad?

Italy Apostille Stamps can be obtained to authenticate public documents, including birth, death and marriage certificates, criminal record certificates, university degree certificates and course transcripts (notarized copies), court documents, Certificates of the Chamber of Commerce (Incorporation and Good Standing), Certificates of Origin, Free Sale and GMP Compliance, and other documents certified in Italy by a notary.

For further information, see:
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How can I obtain an apostille for an Italian birth, death or marriage certificate?

Apostilles for Italian birth, death and marriage certificates are obtained from the Prefecture (Prefettura) in the province where the birth, death or marriage was registered. The original certificate must be presented, issued by the Civil Registry Office at the local town hall (Ufficio Anagrafe e Stato Civile).

For further information on obtaining Apostilles on Italian birth certificates and other certificates of civil status, please see:
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Submission within the European Union
Italian certificates of civil status (marriage, death and birth certificates) do not require an Apostille stamp when required for submission in another Member State of the European Union. For further information, see:
Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Civil status certificates (multilingual extracts from the civil status registers)
Italian birth, marriage and death certificates) issued in accordance with the conventions of the International Commission on Civil and Civil Status should not require Apostille Stamps when being submitted to one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cape Verde, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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How can I obtain my Italian Criminal Record Certificate to use abroad?

Italian Criminal Record Certificates can be obtained from the Public Prosecutor's Office (Procura della Repubblica). Certificates can be collected in person or, with your authorization, by an appointed representative. Applications from abroad may be sent to the Public Prosecutor's Office by post.

Italy issues two main types of criminal record / police clearance certificate that may be required by overseas authorities in support of visa or immigration procedures:

  • General Criminal Record Certificate (Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale)
    This is the main certificate to prove a clean criminal record and good conduct in Italy. It can be obtained from any Public Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Certificate of Pending Charges (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti)
    This certificate may also be required for certain applications. It will list any outstanding proceedings against the applicant. It must be obtained from the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the court where the applicant was last officially resident.

Isarey can obtain Italian Criminal Record Certificates for clients outside Italy requiring their authentication with an Apostille Stamp or legalization. Please contact us for assistance. For further information on Italian Police Certificates and Apostilles, please see:
Italian Criminal Record Certificates

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How do I obtain an apostille for company registration documents issued in Italy?

Apostilles on Company Certificates issued by the Chamber of Commerce (Certificato della Camera di Commercio) can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Provincial Prefecture.

Please contact us for assistance obtaining Company Certificates and other certified corporate documents from Chambers of Commerce across Italy.

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How long does it take to obtain an apostille on a document in Italy?

Apostille stamps for Italian marriage, death and birth certificates are normally processed in 1-2 weeks (Processing times can vary depending on the Prefecture).

Apostille stamps on Criminal Record Certificates normally take 4-5 working days

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I need an apostille for my Italian birth, death or marriage certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

To obtain an Italian Apostille Stamp, the original birth, death or marriage certificate issued by the Civil Registry Office must be presented to the Prefecture.

For assistance obtaining original certificates in Italy, please contact us

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I need an apostille for my Italian criminal record certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

The original Criminal Record Certificate issued by the Public Prosecutor's Office is required to obtain an Apostille Stamp in Italy.

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How can I obtain an apostille for my Italian University Degree and Transcripts?

To obtain an Apostille on an Italian university degree (diplomas and course transcripts), a true copy must be made at the municipality or by an Italian notary. The original documents must be shown to make the true copy. The notarized copy can then be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp.

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How can I obtain an apostille for an Italian Power of Attorney?

Powers of Attorney sworn before an Italian notary can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Courts.

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's Italian Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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How can I obtain a copy of an Italian birth, marriage or death certificate?

Certified copies of Italian birth, death and marriage certificates can be obtained by submitting a written request in Italian to the Civil Registry OfficeExternal link (opens in new tab) (Ufficio Anagrafe e Stato Civile) at the local town hall.

There are generally three types of certificates available: Certificates, Extracts (with additional data and annotations) and complete copies of the record (a certified copy of the original record at the registry, containing all the entries on the record).

Standard Multilingual Certificates are also available. These are issued in a standardised format according to the Vienna Convention in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Turkish.

For additional information on Italian birth, death and marriage certificates, and on obtaining Apostille Stamps in Italy, please see:
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If you need assistance obtaining a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate from the Civil Registry Office in Italy, please contact us

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How can I legalize an Italian degree certificate for submission to Qatar?

To legalize Italian university degrees required for submission to the authorities of Qatar, a true copy must be made by at the Municipality or by a notary. This true copy can then be legalized by the Prefecture or Public Prosecutor's Office, and then attested by the Qatar embassy in Rome.

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How can I legalize an Italian degree certificate for submission to the United Arab Emirates?

To legalize Italian university degrees required for submission to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, a true copy must be made by at the Municipality or by a notary. This true copy can then be legalized by the Prefecture or Public Prosecutor's Office, and then attested by the UAE embassy in Rome

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How can I legalize an Italian degree certificate for submission to Vietnam?

To legalize Italian university degrees required for submission to the authorities of Vietnam, a true copy must be made by at the Municipality or by a notary. This true copy can then be legalized by the Prefecture or Public Prosecutor's Office, and then attested by the Vietnamese embassy in Rome.

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How can I legalize an Italian degree certificate for submission to Taiwan?

To legalize Italian university degrees required for submission to the authorities of Taiwan, a true copy must be made by at the Municipality or by a notary. This true copy can then be legalized by the Prefecture or Public Prosecutor's Office, and then attested by the Taipei Representative Office in Rome.

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How can I legalize an Italian degree certificate for submission to Saudi Arabia?

Italian university degrees required for submission to the authorities of Saudi Arabia can now be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Prefecture or Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy. Attestation by the Saudi Embassy and Cultural Bureau is no longer required.

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How can I legalize an Italian degree certificate for submission to China?

Italian university degrees required for submission to the authorities of China can now be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Prefecture or Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy. Attestation by the Chinese Embassy is no longer required.

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I need to submit an Italian Certificate of no impediment to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Italian certificates of marital status to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union.

A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by an Italian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

Apostilles are not required when submitting Italian Multilingual certificates of no impediment to marriage issued to the authorities of a country that has acceded to the Munich CIEC Convention. Members of the Munich CIEC Convention are as follows:
Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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I need to submit an Italian Criminal Record Certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Italian Criminal Record Certificates to another Member State of the European Union when the certificate is issued to an Italian national and when the criminal record is clean (no convictions). In other cases, the recipient Member State may require an Apostille.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit an Italian Birth, Death or Marriage certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Italian birth, death and marriage certificates to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union. A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by an Italian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

Italian birth, marriage and death certificates (multilingual extracts from the civil status registers issued in accordance with the conventions of the International Commission on Civil and Civil Status) should not require Apostille Stamps when being submitted to countries that have acceded to the Vienna CIEC Convention. The following countries are contracting states of the Vienna Convention:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cape Verde, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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Do Italian Criminal Record Certificates have an expiry?

Italian Criminal Record Certificates are valid for six months. However, you should confirm with the authority requesting the certificate in case they require a more recent issue.

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How can I obtain an Apostille on an Italian criminal record certificate?

Apostilles on Italian Criminal Record Certificates are obtained from the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procura della Repubblica).

For information about our Italian Apostille Services for Criminal Record Certificates, please see:
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How can I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing for a company in Italy?

A statement of good standing is included in the Company Certificate available from the Chamber of Commerce where the company is registered. These certificates include a declaration of validity, i.e absence of insolvency proceedings against the business concerned.

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How can I obtain a Certificate of Incorporation for a company in Italy?

Company Certificates with incorporation data are available from the Chamber of Commerce where the company is registered. These extracts (available in Italian and English) contain data on the company name, details, contacts, address of the registered office, PEC (Certified E-mail), registered office, tax code/VAT registration number, legal form, date of foundation, corporate aim and other data.

Certificates are available online from:
Obtain Company Registration Reports for Italian Companies online. The Company Registration Report contains the personal, legal, economic and tax information for a business, as filed in the Italian Business Register. Italian Business RegisterExternal link (opens in new tab)

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How can I apostille a translation of an Italian document?

Sworn translations of Italian documents are certified before the court. An Apostille stamp to authenticate the translation for submission abroad can then be obtained from the Public Prosecutor's Office.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

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