ATTENTION! Given the growing demand for passports by Italian citizens registered in AIRE, this Consulate General has increased the service of issuing travel documents and has temporarily suspended the issue of notary acts in favour of couples with both spouses of Australian or US citizenship. Therefore, interested parties are invited to request it in Italy.
Australian citizens and USA citizens who wish to get married in Italy, need to obtain a NULLA OSTA (authorization) which has to be presented before the celebrtation to the Italian City Council where the wedding is taking place.
In order to obtain the above NULLA OSTA (authorization) it is necessary to prepare an ATTO NOTORIO, which is to be signed by the Australian or US Citizen who is getting married along with four (4) witnesses, and in which it is declared that there are no impediments to the marriage, pursuant to articles 95, 86, 89 and 97 of the Italian Civil Code.
The Atto Notorio can be obtained:
- In Australia: at the Consulate General of Italy competent for the State/Territory of residence (this Consulate General is competent for those residing in NSW);
- In Italy: at any Tribunal or Local Court.
Once obtained, the atto notorio will have to be presented to the Australian diplomatic/consular authorities in Italy (Australian Embassy in Rome) or the US diplomatic/consular authorities in Italy (US Embassy in Rome), which will grant the NULLA OSTA, pursuant to article 116 of the Italian Civil Code.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE ATTO NOTORIO
In order to obtain the atto notorio at the Consulate General of Italy in Sydney, the applicants must book an appointment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying in the subject line “Appointment for marriage in Italy) and provide, at least two weeks prior the appointment, all the required information and personal details listed in the attachment (Modello 1A).
To be noticed:
- The applicants and the 4 witnesses must be all present on the day of the appointment at this Consulate General;
- The four witnesses must not be related to bride and groom, but they can be related between them;
- If both bride and groom are Australian citizens or US citizens, they will need to sign an ATTO NOTORIO each. Bride and groom can use the same witnesses;
- As for the cost of atto notorio please refer to our CONSULAR FEES PAGE.
For the procedures to be followed in Italy, please visit the website of the Australian Embassy in Rome (http://www.italy.embassy.gov.au/rome/Marriage.html). US citizens will have to contact their Embassy in Rome.
Together with the Atto Notorio, Australian and US citizens who wish to get married in Italy need to provide the Italian City Council with:
- Birth certificate in original and related official translation into Italian (https://www.naati.com.au/), both bearing the Apostille, granted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (for Australia) or by the County (for the US);
- Single Status Certificate in original (issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages) and related official translation into Italian (https://www.naati.com.au/), both bearing the Apostille, granted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (for Australia) or by the County (for the US).
IMPORTANT: The Atto Notorio has 6 (SIX) months validity from the date it is signed, therefore it cannot be requested/issued before 6 months from the date of wedding.