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Civil Status

Civil status concerns the set of events, facts or expressions of will inherent in a citizen’s life: birth, marriage, civil partnership, death, divorce, citizenship. The registration of these events and facts falls within the competence of the Civil Registrar, whose functions are carried out in Italy by local authorities and abroad by consular offices.

The civil status office of a diplomatic or consular Representation deals with:

– managing civil status registers (which are four: citizenship, birth, marriage and death) for deeds drawn up in the Consulate itself;

– receiving deeds issued by foreign authorities and transmitting them to Italian Municipalities for registration;

– receiving judgments and orders issued abroad (e.g. divorce, adoption, etc.) and transmitting them to the competent Italian institutions;

– transmitting requests to change name or surname to the competent Prefectures;

– drawing up the record of the marriage banns and posting it online in the consular register;

– celebrating consular marriages and establishing civil partnerships, provided that local laws permit it. The celebration of marriage may be refused when the parties do not reside in the consular district. The establishment of civil partnership takes place before the Head of the consular office that is competent for either of the parties’ place of residence.

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